Magna hammers out framework for Opel takeover with General Motors

Magna hammers out framework for Opel takeover with General Motors

The Austrian-Canadian auto parts company Magna has reportedly worked out an agreement with US carmaker General Motors regarding the takeover of its German unit Opel. But the deal has yet to be inked.

Uniform fetishist banned from Bielefeld police stations

Uniform fetishist banned from Bielefeld police stations

A woman in Bielefeld has been banned from all city police stations after she took revenge on the department for not returning her romantic interest, a spokesman said Thursday.

Court rules Nazi slogans are legal if not in German

Court rules Nazi slogans are legal if not in German

The use of Nazi slogans is not illegal if they are translated into other languages besides German, a federal court in Karlsruhe ruled on Thursday.

SPD backs new rules for dual citizenship

SPD backs new rules for dual citizenship

Germany should change its restrictive citizenship rules to allow for dual nationality, Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries told daily Berliner Zeitung on Thursday.

Neo-Nazi party tells black CDU member to ‘go home’

Neo-Nazi party tells black CDU member to ‘go home’

A black member of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in Thuringia has become the target of a racist campaign by the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD).

Officials order checks on rocket salad after poison plant find

Officials order checks on rocket salad after poison plant find

After the discovery of a poisonous plant in a package of rocket salad in a Hannover supermarket this week, the Lower Saxony Ministry for Consumer Protection announced on Thursday it would increase checks of the leafy greens.

German economy unexpectedly grows in second quarter

German economy unexpectedly grows in second quarter

The German economy grew unexpectedly for the first time since early 2008 in the second quarter of this year, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: August 13 – 19

What’s on in Germany: August 13 – 19

This Week's Highlights: Poetry slamming in Hamburg, a culture festival in Dresden and Madonna drops in on Munich.

Berlin remembers the day the Wall went up

Berlin remembers the day the Wall went up

On Thursday Germany marks the fateful summer day in 1961 when Berliners woke to find their city carved in two - an anniversary that still awakens painful memories on both sides of the fallen Wall.

’Ndrangheta Mafia seen firmly established in Germany

’Ndrangheta Mafia seen firmly established in Germany

The dreaded ’Ndrangheta clan of the Italian Mafia has established a growing foothold in Germany, according to a report from the Federal Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BKA) obtained by weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

National team beats Azerbaijan in World Cup qualifier

National team beats Azerbaijan in World Cup qualifier

Germany opened a four-point gap at the top of their World Cup qualifying group after goals by Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose sealed Germany's 2-0 win in Azerbaijan on Wednesday.