Qatar locks down Porsche stake

Qatar locks down Porsche stake

Luxury carmaker Porsche said Friday the Gulf state of Qatar would take a stake in the company and acquire the majority of stock options the firm holds in Volkswagen.

Secret CIA terrorist prisons were planned from Frankfurt

Secret CIA terrorist prisons were planned from Frankfurt

Three controversial secret CIA prisons built after September 11, 2001 to house alleged terrorists were planned from Frankfurt, The New York Times reported this week.

Small Muslim group opens up to outsiders

Small Muslim group opens up to outsiders

Germany has some four million adherents to Islam, but as David Wroe reports, a small group of Muslims is making a big effort to become a recognised part of German society.

Merkel and Medvedev meet for economy talks

Merkel and Medvedev meet for economy talks

Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Russia Friday and both called for deeper economic ties amid talk of several major Russian-German industrial deals in the works.

Amusement parks report thrilling sales despite crisis

Amusement parks report thrilling sales despite crisis

While most branches of the German tourism industry are suffering post-crisis losses, close-to-home amusement parks are welcoming more guests than ever, daily Financial Times Deutschland reported on Friday.

Berlin hosts epic sprint duel between Bolt and Gay

Berlin hosts epic sprint duel between Bolt and Gay

The epic sprint duel between Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay will headline a star-studded World Athletics Championships in Berlin this weekend.

Althaus moots end to ‘Soli’ tax for East German reconstruction

Althaus moots end to ‘Soli’ tax for East German reconstruction

Dieter Althaus, the premier of the eastern state of Thuringia, said on Friday an election victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel next month could spell the end of a “solidarity surcharge” levied to help fund the reconstruction of Germany’s economically depressed east.

Biker gang member shot dead in Berlin

Biker gang member shot dead in Berlin

A member of a biker gang has been shot and killed in Berlin’s Hohenschönhausen district, police reported on Friday.

Greens remove campaign poster featuring bare buttocks

Greens remove campaign poster featuring bare buttocks

The Green party in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have decided to take down campaign posters featuring a white woman’s hands grabbing a black woman’s bare buttocks after critics said it was racist and offensive.

Weekend set for friendly weather

Weekend set for friendly weather

High-pressure weather system Katrin will bring weekend-friendly weather with it, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).