German industrial output jumps 3.7 percent

German industrial output jumps 3.7 percent

Roaring auto output pushed German industrial production higher in May by the biggest margin since August 1993, official data showed Wednesday, signalling the country's deep recession might be near an end.

Divorce rate on the rise

Divorce rate on the rise

The number of marriages that ended in divorce is up 3 percent from last year, according to the latest numbers released by the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Wednesday. The German state of Saarland had the highest rate of divorce.

Berlin denies delayed response to Egyptian woman’s death

Berlin denies delayed response to Egyptian woman’s death

The German government has defended its delayed reaction to the stabbing of a pregnant Egyptian woman in a Dresden courtroom on July 1. Her murder has sparked ongoing protests in Egypt.

Alcohol abuse spikes for Germans over 50

Alcohol abuse spikes for Germans over 50

Incidents of alcohol poisoning and abuse among people between 50 and 60 years of age have risen in states across Germany, health insurer DAK confirmed on Wednesday.

Thieves steal thousands of blank passports in Berlin

Thieves steal thousands of blank passports in Berlin

Thousands of blank travel documents, stamps and official seals from the offices of four Berlin district administrative offices have been stolen, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported this week.

EU fines German energy giant Eon €553 million

EU fines German energy giant Eon €553 million

European Union regulators waded into the energy sector Wednesday, fining Germany's Eon and France's GDF Suez a total of more than a billion euros for agreeing to stay out of each other's markets.

More than 10,000 firms already went bust in 2009

More than 10,000 firms already went bust in 2009

More than 10,000 companies declared insolvency in Germany between January and April this year, official data showed Wednesday, as the global economic crisis hits Europe's top economy harder than most.

Police target FC St. Pauli fans in ‘unacceptable’ pub raid

Police target FC St. Pauli fans in ‘unacceptable’ pub raid

FC St. Pauli has asked Hamburg authorities to clarify a rough police operation on Saturday at a packed fan pub, magazine Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday. Fans have announced a demonstration set for Friday.

Looking for the Kreuzberg Romani

Looking for the Kreuzberg Romani

When a group of Roma and Sinti started camping out in Görlitzer Park in Kreuzberg at the end of May, media chaos broke out. Leftists took them in, then turned them over to a church; the church turned them out and the authorities dithered helplessly before finally putting them in temporary accommodation in Spandau.

Knut to stay at Berlin Zoo

Knut to stay at Berlin Zoo

The bitter custody battle over the fate of the perennially popular polar bear Knut has reached an end. Knut will remain in Berlin indefinitely, the Berlin Zoo and Neumünster Zoo confirmed on Tuesday.

Drunk badger blocks traffic

Drunk badger blocks traffic

Road kill reported by a driver in the German state of Lower Saxony turned out to be a drunk badger taking a nap, police in Goslar reported on Wednesday morning.

Cyclist Schumacher’s doping confirmed with B sample

Cyclist Schumacher’s doping confirmed with B sample

The positive test of German cyclist Stefan Schumacher for EPO Cera during last year's Olympic Games has been confirmed by the B sample, his lawyer Michael Lehner said on Tuesday.

Krümmel nuclear plant won’t resume until 2010

Krümmel nuclear plant won’t resume until 2010

A German nuclear power station that underwent an "emergency shutdown" at the weekend will remain offline until April or May 2010 while repairs are carried out, its Swedish operator has said.