French ‘son of a boche’ becomes German

French ‘son of a boche’ becomes German

More than six decades after his birth, the son of a French mother and a German Wehrmacht officer, French retiree Daniel Rouxel, was at last granted German citizenship and a measure of dignity on Wednesday.

Paddling through Mecklenburg’s land of a thousand lakes

Paddling through Mecklenburg’s land of a thousand lakes

Only a short trip from Berlin or Hamburg lies the leafy Mecklenburg lake district. Looking for a relaxing waterborne retreat from the busy German capital, Sabine Devins gets herself up a creek with a paddle.

Drunk in wheelchair leads police on high-speed chase

Drunk in wheelchair leads police on high-speed chase

One policeman was injured after the intoxicated driver of a motorised wheelchair led officers on a high-speed chase through Bielefeld on Tuesday night.

Lufthansa offers rain-weary Germans ‘sunshine insurance’

Lufthansa offers rain-weary Germans ‘sunshine insurance’

Perhaps aware much of Germany's summer has been grey and wet, airline Lufthansa announced on Wednesday it would offer its customers cash back for rainy holidays.

Adidas profit plummets in second quarter

Adidas profit plummets in second quarter

Adidas posted Wednesday a massive drop in second-quarter profit that underscored weak consumer sentiment worldwide. But the sports equipment maker beat expectations and stood by its full-year outlook.

SPD plunges to worst poll rating this year

SPD plunges to worst poll rating this year

Less than eight weeks before Germany’s general election, the centre-left Social Democratic Party plunged to its worst opinion poll rating of the year on Wednesday.

Germany’s shortest metro line to open in Berlin

Germany’s shortest metro line to open in Berlin

A new U-Bahn metro train, the U55, opens in Berlin this weekend after 13 years of construction. With just three stops, it will be the shortest line in the country, but officials hope it will popular with tourists.

Church roof collapse kills priest

Church roof collapse kills priest

A Romanian-Orthodox priest and another man have died after a church roof collapsed, Berlin police reported on Wednesday.

Muslims irked by Schalke fan song referring to Mohammed

Muslims irked by Schalke fan song referring to Mohammed

Football club Schalke 04 have become the target of protest letters from Muslims offended by the official anthem of the Ruhr Valley Bundesliga team.

Expert advises longer school holidays to fight swine flu

Expert advises longer school holidays to fight swine flu

A leading virologist has suggested that school holidays be extended to prevent the spread of swine flu, which has recently taken hold across Germany.

Deutsche Bahn spied on employee health records too

Deutsche Bahn spied on employee health records too

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn, still reeling from a spy scandal earlier this year, admitted on Tuesday it had secretly and illegally monitored the health records of some of its employees.

Jewish council backs new Mein Kampf edition

Jewish council backs new Mein Kampf edition

The Central Council of Jews advocates the publication of a scholarly edition of Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf,” broadcaster 3SAT reported on Wednesday.