Swine flu spurs kissing ban at Wacken heavy metal festival

Swine flu spurs kissing ban at Wacken heavy metal festival

As the Wacken Open Air heavy metal music festival kicked off on Thursday health officials announced a ban on kissing and sharing drinks between concert-goers to prevent a potential outbreak of swine flu.

German press hails return of ‘Ferrari’s angel’

German press hails return of ‘Ferrari’s angel’

Michael Schumacher's stunning decision to dust off his racing helmet and come out of retirement to help Ferrari in their hour of need had the German media in raptures on Thursday.

No suspect in 9-year-old Corinna’s murder

No suspect in 9-year-old Corinna’s murder

As prosecutors prepare to try the murder of eight-year-old Michelle from Leipzig, Saxony has once again been shocked by the sexual assault and murder of a young girl.

‘Stolen’ car found in neighbour’s garage two years later

‘Stolen’ car found in neighbour’s garage two years later

After a calamitous mix-up with a local mechanic, an 82-year-old woman's car, missing for two years and presumed stolen, turned up on Wednesday afternoon in her neighbour's garage.

Steinmeier unveils his campaign war team

Steinmeier unveils his campaign war team

Hoping to shake off the recent scandal over Health Minister Ulla Schmidt’s stolen limousine, Social Democrat (SPD) candidate for chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday unveiled his election team, in which women outnumber men.

Unemployment creeps higher in July

Unemployment creeps higher in July

German unemployment in July rose slightly as the country's worst recession since World War II took its toll on the jobs market, government data showed on Thursday.

Southern German industry hardest hit by global recession

Southern German industry hardest hit by global recession

Southern Germans are suffering more from the economic crisis than their fellow citizens in the North and East, according to daily Passauer Neue Presse on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: July 30 – August 5

What’s on in Germany: July 30 – August 5

This Week's Highlights: Restaurants set out their best dishes for "Taste of Berlin," Museum Ludwig kicks off a rooftop movie series and hot air balloons float over Leipzig.

Beer sales fizzle to lowest level on record

Beer sales fizzle to lowest level on record

Beer sales for the first six months of 2009 have dropped to their lowest level since the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) started keeping track of the sales in 1991, the Wiesbaden office reported Thursday.

Youth suffer from allergies after special embassy meal

Youth suffer from allergies after special embassy meal

Several young people with food allergies become ill on Wednesday following a luncheon at the Swedish embassy in Berlin.

Stasi had file on Michael Jackson

Stasi had file on Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was in the files of the feared East German secret police, the Stasi, because of a concert he gave right next to the Berlin Wall in 1988, daily Bild reported on Thursday.

Flat-rate brothel allowed to reopen after raid

Flat-rate brothel allowed to reopen after raid

One of the two so-called flat-rate bordellos closed down this week after police raids has been allowed to reopen in Heidelberg, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

Missing girl found dead in Eilenburg

Missing girl found dead in Eilenburg

A missing nine-year-old girl from the Saxony city of Eilenburg was found dead on Wednesday, police reported.