Merkel heads to US for talks with Obama

Merkel heads to US for talks with Obama

German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to Washington Thursday for talks with US President Barack Obama on the international economic crisis and climate protection.

Dresden loses UNESCO world heritage status

Dresden loses UNESCO world heritage status

Dresden has lost its UNESCO world heritage site status for building a controversial bridge over the Elbe River.

German neo-Nazis praise reelection of Iran’s Ahmadinejad

German neo-Nazis praise reelection of Iran’s Ahmadinejad

Neo-Nazis in Germany are applauding the repression of protests in Iran and publishing statements supporting the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his hard-line government.

Germany’s war of words in Afghanistan

Germany’s war of words in Afghanistan

The German government refuses to admit it's fighting a war Afghanistan. But simply relabeling dead soldiers is poor substitute for dealing with the military reality there, argues Katharina Schuler from Zeit Online.

Steffen breaks world 100 metres freestyle record but credits suit

Steffen breaks world 100 metres freestyle record but credits suit

Britta Steffen broke the world record in 100 metres freestyle on Thursday morning in Berlin. But the German swimmer immediately criticised the high-tech suit she was wearing, saying it was making her too fast.

Opel reportedly losing €6 million a day

Opel reportedly losing €6 million a day

The situation of embattled carmaker Opel is far worse than was known: West Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Thursday the General Motors unit was losing up to €6 million a day, triple the amount widely assumed.

Climate House opens its doors to visitors in Bremerhaven

Climate House opens its doors to visitors in Bremerhaven

The Klimahaus, or Climate House, in Bremerhaven opened on Thursday, with city planners hoping it will become an environmental tourist draw for the northern city.

Zypries demands constitutional amendment for gay rights

Zypries demands constitutional amendment for gay rights

Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries says she wants to change the German constitution to include equal rights for gay people but is being blocked by conservatives in the government.

Conservatives mulling higher VAT after vote

Conservatives mulling higher VAT after vote

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are considering raising Germany’s value-added tax rate, daily Bild reported on Thursday.

Laser scanner aims to help park rangers tell forest from trees

Laser scanner aims to help park rangers tell forest from trees

Forest officials in Bavaria are hoping a laser scanning technique will be able to create a three-dimensional map of miles and miles of woodland, with exact imaging of each tree, to help them manage the region.

Stone Age flute oldest instrument ever found

Stone Age flute oldest instrument ever found

Stone Age humans may have ripped raw meat from the bone with their teeth but they also played music, according to a study reporting the discovery of a 35,000-year-old flute, the oldest instrument known.