Berlin urges Russia to improve ties to US

Berlin urges Russia to improve ties to US

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on a visit to Moscow Wednesday urged the Kremlin not to miss an opportunity for improved ties with Washington and a new deal on nuclear disarmament.

East Germany weathers crisis better than west

East Germany weathers crisis better than west

Eastern Germany has been less affected by the global economic crisis than western part of the country but the region still has far to go before divisions between the two halves disappear, according to a new government report released Wednesday.

Hamburg and Frankfurt dubbed Germany’s most liveable cities

Hamburg and Frankfurt dubbed Germany’s most liveable cities

Hamburg and Frankfurt have been anointed Germany's most liveable cities by a recent survey. Berlin just missed making it into the top 20.

Pensioner fined for tear gas assault over dog poo

Pensioner fined for tear gas assault over dog poo

A 69-year-old Düsseldorf man was fined €1,500 for attacking a neighbour with tear gas after a dispute over dog poop escalated, a court ruled on Wednesday.

Swine flu continues to spread

Swine flu continues to spread

Ten new cases of swine flu have been diagnosed in Germany, the government’s infectious disease centre reported on Wednesday.

Berlin approves public ‘bad bank’ bill

Berlin approves public ‘bad bank’ bill

The German cabinet approved draft legislation Wednesday that would take risky assets from state-owned regional banks and group them in a "bad bank" in exchange for a serious slimming down of the Landesbanken.

Twisters rip through Schleswig-Holstein

Twisters rip through Schleswig-Holstein

Two tornadoes touched down in northern Germany, damaging houses and uprooting trees, authorities reported Wednesday.

Court upholds health care reform

Court upholds health care reform

Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that private health insusrers must accept all applicants, regardless of age or health status, and imposed limits on what the firms could charge for insurance.

Metro aims to take over bankrupt Arcandor

Metro aims to take over bankrupt Arcandor

Germany top retailer Metro wants to snap up distressed rival Arcandor and possibly list a new group on the stock exchange, Metro boss Eckhard Cordes said on Wednesday.

Best-selling Polish crime writer brings pre-war Breslau to life

Best-selling Polish crime writer brings pre-war Breslau to life

The pre-World War II German city of Breslau – now Wroclaw in Poland – is the real hero of best-selling Polish author Marek Krajewski's murder mysteries, devoured by readers and translated so far into 11 languages, writes AFP's Bernard Osser.

Uighur Gitmo inmates appeal to Germany

Uighur Gitmo inmates appeal to Germany

Several Uighur inmates at the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay have made a direct appeal to the government be allowed to resettle in Germany.

Archaeologists unearth 800-year-old shoe

Archaeologists unearth 800-year-old shoe

Archaeologists have unearthed a well-preserved leather shoe from 13th century at a dig in Magdeburg that could provide insights into mediaeval life.