Pressure increases to scrap forced choice on citizenship

Pressure increases to scrap forced choice on citizenship

Politicians, academics and members of the church have joined forces to try to change Germany's restrictive rules on dual citizenship. Currently children born foreign parents have to choose one nationality over another.

Dope kings charged with growing 14 tonnes of cannabis

Dope kings charged with growing 14 tonnes of cannabis

A trio of middle-aged Germans produced more than 14 tonnes of marijuana by hiding it in maize fields in locations around the country, a court in Koblenz heard on Wednesday.

General Motors open to new offers for Opel

General Motors open to new offers for Opel

Struggling US auto giant General Motors is still open to new bids for its German arm Opel, potentially torpedoing a deal with Canada's Magna.

Another positive doping test for German equestrian team

Another positive doping test for German equestrian team

The world of German equestrian sport has been rocked by another case of a doped horse - this time ridden by five-time Olympic dressage rider Isabell Werth.

Second wave of insolvencies seen

Second wave of insolvencies seen

Insolvency administrators are expecting a record number of German companies to go bust towards the end of this year and into 2010, as the effects of the global recession take hold.

Study finds an extra million Muslims living in Germany

Study finds an extra million Muslims living in Germany

There are around a million more Muslims living in Germany than had previously been thought, according to a new survey.

Jung says fighting in Afghanistan ‘not a war’

Jung says fighting in Afghanistan ‘not a war’

Defence Minister Franz Joseph Jung has insisted that Germany is not fighting a war in Afghanistan, rejecting calls for such an admission after three soldiers died there on Tuesday.

Steinbrück warns of ‘mammoth’ debt

Steinbrück warns of ‘mammoth’ debt

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück warned on Wednesday that the next government after September’s general election would have to contend with a “mammoth” problem of mounting debt.

Merkel heads to US amid transatlantic tensions

Merkel heads to US amid transatlantic tensions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit US President Barack Obama this week amid sharp differences between the world's top economy and its top exporter ahead of the G8 summit of rich nations, writes AFP's Deborah Cole.

Marlene Dietrich’s private letters to be auctioned off in Berlin

Marlene Dietrich’s private letters to be auctioned off in Berlin

A collection of letters written by German film legend Marlene Dietrich is set to go under the auctioneer’s gavel in Berlin on Wednesday.