Merkel meets Medvedev to discuss energy

Merkel meets Medvedev to discuss energy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will Thursday welcome Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev for talks set to be dominated by efforts to avoid another crisis over gas supplies to Europe this winter.

Bavaria to filter smoking ban

Bavaria to filter smoking ban

Smokers in Bavaria rejoiced on Wednesday as the state’s parliament loosened the regulations on a smoking ban instituted 18 months ago.

Drunk driver cruises into metro tunnel

Drunk driver cruises into metro tunnel

A 29-year-old man tested the limits of his car when he drove it 200 metres into a metro tunnel in Bochum early Wednesday morning.

Consumer group slams Air Berlin for add-on fees

Consumer group slams Air Berlin for add-on fees

The Federation of German Consumer Associations (VZBV) has warned discount airlines Air Berlin and Ryanair to cease charging passengers hidden fees, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Wednesday.

MAN to put €650 million into Chinese market

MAN to put €650 million into Chinese market

The German heavy truck maker MAN unveiled a key Chinese investment Wednesday, saying it would buy 25 percent plus one share of the country's leading truck maker, Sinotruk.

VW and Porsche to hold simultaneous board meetings

VW and Porsche to hold simultaneous board meetings

Volkswagen, the biggest European carmaker, said on Wednesday it would hold a special board meeting next week coinciding with a meeting by its main shareholder, Porsche, in a context of restructuring talk.

Radioactive brine found in Asse nuclear dump

Radioactive brine found in Asse nuclear dump

Radioactive brine has been found at the controversial salt-mine nuclear waste storage facility in Asse, Lower Saxony, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) confirmed on Tuesday.

Study urges more rights for trafficking victims

Study urges more rights for trafficking victims

A new survey released Wednesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates there are 15,000 victims of human trafficking in Germany.

Robert Redford marries German painter in Hamburg

Robert Redford marries German painter in Hamburg

American film star Robert Redford secretly married his long-time girlfriend Sibylle Szaggars in Hamburg over the weekend, daily Hamburger Abendblatt reported on Wednesday.

‘City of losers’ makes a comeback from communist past

‘City of losers’ makes a comeback from communist past

Even for East Germany's communist rulers, Chemnitz was only second choice when they were seeking a "model Socialist town" to rename as Karl Marx City in 1953. AFP’s Deborah Cole reports.

Young math minds converge on Bremen

Young math minds converge on Bremen

Nearly 600 students from around the world are sharpening their pencils to divide and conquer at the 50th International Mathematical Olympiad in Bremen this week.