Troops in Afghanistan want more firepower

Troops in Afghanistan want more firepower

Army officers warn that the Taliban is stepping up its offensive against troops in northern Afghanistan and say German soldiers need to be more heavily armed.

Germans squeezed by rising levels of debt

Germans squeezed by rising levels of debt

Though German consumers aren’t as leveraged as their American counterparts, a study released Friday shows that many are sinking deeper into debt.

Pranksters allegedly hack Berlin stadium’s billboard

Pranksters allegedly hack Berlin stadium’s billboard

Is it hacker coup or grand fraud? A video on the internet shows three people apparently hacking into the massive electronic billboard outside Berlin’s new O2 World stadium to advertise for a party.

Ex-Arcandor chief Middelhoff probed

Ex-Arcandor chief Middelhoff probed

Prosectors in Essen said Friday they are investigating former Arcandor CEO Thomas Middelhoff for criminal breach of trust for real estate dealings he had with the now-bankrupt retail giant.

Amount of naturalised citizens plunges dramatically

Amount of naturalised citizens plunges dramatically

The number of immigrants who took the plunge and became naturalised German citizens in 2008 fell dramatically, according to government statistics released Friday.

Celebrating Japan Day in Düsseldorf

Celebrating Japan Day in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf celebrates its sizeable Japanese community on Saturday. Rhea Wessel explores the Rhineland’s hotbed for manga and miso.

Steinmeier plummets in polls

Steinmeier plummets in polls

Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s uphill battle to become Germany’s next chancellor just got steeper: the popularity of Angela Merkel's Social Democratic (SPD) challenger plunged to a new low in a poll released Friday.

Swine flu infections spreading rapidly

Swine flu infections spreading rapidly

The number of children at a Japanese school in Germany who have tested positive for swine flu has risen to 46, in addition to three of their parents, local officials said Friday.

Designer puts the Berlin Wall on the catwalk

Designer puts the Berlin Wall on the catwalk

A Berlin fashion designer is bringing pieces of the Berlin Wall to the catwalk with his collection of Wall-inspired dresses, or Mauerkleider.

Exploding paraffin sparks huge fire in Kiel

Exploding paraffin sparks huge fire in Kiel

A massive fire broke out in the early hours of Friday at a refuelling facility in Kiel, causing tanks of paraffin to explode and leading to a large-scale evacuation.

Becker’s ‘boom-boom’ heart goes from love to match

Becker’s ‘boom-boom’ heart goes from love to match

It's love, set and match for Boris Becker on Friday when he marries his Dutch model girlfriend in a posh Swiss resort and harvests a lucrative TV deal to air his second nuptials.