German ships breach Northeast Passage

German ships breach Northeast Passage

Two German cargo ships are making their way through the Northeast Passage from Asia to Europe, writing maritime history, but also inadvertently delivering evidence of climate change and melting ice caps.

Leftist leader in Thuringia employing ex-Stasi officer as secretary

Leftist leader in Thuringia employing ex-Stasi officer as secretary

Bodo Ramelow, the politician from Germany's socialist party The Left hoping to become the state premier of Thuringia, has reportedly been employing a former Stasi officer in his parliamentary office for years.

Opel sale heavily criticised by government negotiator

Opel sale heavily criticised by government negotiator

While top-ranking politicians celebrate the agreed sale of Opel to the consortium headed by Austro-Canadian car parts maker Magna, information has emerged that it will mean the loss of thousands of jobs – and potential legal difficulties.

Recession set to cost everyone €3,000

Recession set to cost everyone €3,000

The recession is going to cost each person in Germany around €3,000 according to the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).

Rioting in Hamburg increases tension ahead of street fest

Rioting in Hamburg increases tension ahead of street fest

An initially peaceful demonstration against neo-Nazis in Hamburg turned into a riot on Friday night, as police use water cannons and tear gas to regain control. One officer even fired warning shots as his car was attacked with stones.

Election TV debate last chance for sparks

Election TV debate last chance for sparks

Chancellor Angela Merkel will square off with her rival for power, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on Sunday in a televised debate widely seen as his last chance to close a double-digit gap on the popular German leader.