Merkel and Sarkozy back Barroso for another term at EU’s helm

Merkel and Sarkozy back Barroso for another term at EU’s helm

Germany and France on Thursday threw their weight behind a second term for European Commision President Jose Manuel Barroso, but said he must commit to a clear plan for steering Europe.

Berlin mosque invites homophobic imam

Berlin mosque invites homophobic imam

An Islamic cleric who has called for the death penalty for homosexuals has been invited to speak at a mosque in the Berlin neighbourhood of Neukölln, the daily Tagesspiegel reported Thursday.

Visiting Berlin’s past

Visiting Berlin’s past

Giggling Japanese girls and buffoonish British teens? Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, looks at the flipside of the impact of tourism on the German capital.

German economy’s slump seen bottoming out

German economy’s slump seen bottoming out

The worst is over for the German economy, economists at a major research institute said Thursday. But unemployment will still rise sharply and growth will be meagre through 2010.

US asks Germany to take Gitmo prisoners

US asks Germany to take Gitmo prisoners

The US government has asked Germany to take two detainees from its Guantamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry confirmed Thursday.

Opel plans cheap model as Magna mulls cuts

Opel plans cheap model as Magna mulls cuts

Opel is reportedly planning to build a low-budget version of its Astra to help it rebound, but the carmaker's likely new owner Magna is still considering massive job cuts.

Anne Frank’s 80th birthday honoured in Berlin

Anne Frank’s 80th birthday honoured in Berlin

A day before what would have been Anne Frank's 80th birthday, Germany honoured the Holocaust victim and famous diarist in Berlin on Thursday.

Brad Pitt splashes out €710,000 for Neo Rauch painting

Brad Pitt splashes out €710,000 for Neo Rauch painting

A piece of German art has found its way into Brad Pitt’s home: The actor bought Neo Rauch's "Etappe" for €710,000 at Art Basel.

Meteor hits boy on way to school

Meteor hits boy on way to school

A pebble-sized meteorite crashed and burned into Earth, grazing 14-year-old Gerritt Blank while on his way to catch the school bus.

Merkel backing Schäuble for EU post

Merkel backing Schäuble for EU post

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to become Germany’s next EU commissioner, the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Disease centre: swine flu could claim lives

Disease centre: swine flu could claim lives

Jörg Hacker, the head of Germany’s infectious disease centre, warned on Thursday that the rapidly spreading swine flu could lead to several deaths.

German stars ruling the home court at Halle

German stars ruling the home court at Halle

Germany's tennis players are keeping the home flag flying at Halle's ATP tournament by reaching the quarter-finals and dumping out seeds Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych.