Conservatives lead EU vote as SPD is slammed

Conservatives lead EU vote as SPD is slammed

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered losses in Sunday's European elections according to early projections, but they still had a clear lead over the humiliated Social Democrats.

Retailer Arcandor in talks with rival Metro about possible tie-up

Retailer Arcandor in talks with rival Metro about possible tie-up

Stricken German retail giant Arcandor held talks on Sunday with rival Metro over a possible merger of their department store chains, after hopes of government aid looked dim, an Arcandor spokesman said.

Theatre chiefs warn of rising job cuts

Theatre chiefs warn of rising job cuts

The heads of Germany’s theatre and opera houses have called for investments in permanent ensembles and a freeze on the growing number of temporary work contracts handed out to actors and dancers.

More than 25 wounded after train derails

More than 25 wounded after train derails

More than 25 people were injured, some seriously, after a historic diesel-run train derailed after crashing into a truck at an unmanned railway crossing in the Eifel region in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Saturday.

Bavarian sets world record in speed smooching

Bavarian sets world record in speed smooching

A 31-year-old Bavarian man, Michael Basting, set a new world record in speed kissing on Friday by smooching 111 women in one minute at an event in Berlin.

Merkel urges Germans to vote in EU poll

Merkel urges Germans to vote in EU poll

Germans head to the polls on Sunday to elect representatives for a new European Parliament amid fears of a low voter turnout.

Two US soldiers in Germany infected with swine flu

Two US soldiers in Germany infected with swine flu

Two American soldiers at a military hospital in Germany visited this week by President Barack Obama have contracted swine flu and four more probably have the virus, officials said on Saturday.