Nazi camp guard Demjanjuk to stand trial

Nazi camp guard Demjanjuk to stand trial

A German court said on Monday that 89-year-old former death camp guard John Demjanjuk will be tried for "complicity to murder" 27,900 people, in what could be one of the last cases of its kind.

Schlager fans party away Hamburg’s grey skies

Schlager fans party away Hamburg’s grey skies

Schlager, Germany’s own particular brand of schmaltzy pop music, faces plenty of public ridicule. But as Jeff Kavanagh reports, that doesn’t stop thousands from celebrating its cheesy, good-time vibes each year in Hamburg.

‘I don’t know of a cow named Merkel’

‘I don’t know of a cow named Merkel’

The Dresden Zoo renamed a primate they had called “Obama” in response to charges of racial insensitivity by the Initiative for Black Germans (ISD) last week. The Local spoke with the group’s director about why the zoo’s response still isn’t good enough.

Initiative launches €400-billion African solar power project

Initiative launches €400-billion African solar power project

Twelve companies on Monday launched a €400-billion ($560-billion) German-led initiative to set up huge solar farms in Africa and the Middle East to produce energy for Europe.

Dutch using German scrapping bonus to scam insurers

Dutch using German scrapping bonus to scam insurers

Fraudulent claims on scrap cars from Germany have gleaned millions of euros in the Netherlands, and some of the vehicles are coming from the popular Abwrackprämie, or car scrapping premium, Dutch paper De Telegraaf reported on Monday.

Belgian and Chinese interest muddies race for Opel

Belgian and Chinese interest muddies race for Opel

Speculation swirled around the troubled German automaker Opel on Monday, with conflicting news about an offer by Beijing-based auto group BAIC and a new overture by Belgium-based investor RHJ International.

Chef blows off hands dabbling in ‘molecular gastronomy’

Chef blows off hands dabbling in ‘molecular gastronomy’

An experimental German chef accidentally blew off both his hands attempting to concoct a "molecular gastronomy" dish with liquid nitrogen, a newspaper report said on Monday.

German-Pakistani jailed for eight years for al Qaida ties

German-Pakistani jailed for eight years for al Qaida ties

A German-Pakistani man believed to be a member of al Qaida was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday for financially supporting the Islamist terrorist network.

Germans taking fewer sick days to keep jobs

Germans taking fewer sick days to keep jobs

German workers are taking fewer sick days than ever because they are afraid of losing their jobs, daily Die Welt reported on Monday.

Germany fears Chinese offer for Opel

Germany fears Chinese offer for Opel

Germany fears a "dangerous dependence" on China if Beijing-based firm BAIC is allowed to take over troubled General Motors subsidiary Opel, according to a government report cited by the media on Monday.

Minister says children don’t get equal chances in schools

Minister says children don’t get equal chances in schools

Children in Germany do not get equal opportunities for success in education, German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen told daily Bild on Monday, adding that the current system relies too much on family support.

Looping plane collides with family in car

Looping plane collides with family in car

A spectacular collision between a low-flying sport airplane and a car left five people injured in Bavaria on Sunday, saved from death by what police called “a few guardian angels.”

Ahmadinejad slams Germany for woman’s courtroom slaying

Ahmadinejad slams Germany for woman’s courtroom slaying

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has blamed Germany for the murder of a pregnant Egyptian woman in a Dresden courtroom, state media reported late Sunday.