Germans foot the bill for big pharma’s drugs

Germans foot the bill for big pharma’s drugs

German politicians say they’re concerned about the spiralling cost of health care. But as Hannah Cleaver reports, they also appear content to let pharmaceutical firms charge far more for medication that is cheaper elsewhere.

Harz region to open first German hiking trail for nudists

Harz region to open first German hiking trail for nudists

Germans are widely known for the ease with which they shed clothing, so it comes as little surprise the country’s first route for hiking naked could soon open in the hilly Harz region.

Organisers report rush on tickets for fourth-largest lotto jackpot

Organisers report rush on tickets for fourth-largest lotto jackpot

Thousands of hopeful Lotto players are rushing out to buy tickets for the Wednesday evening drawing of the fourth-biggest jackpot in Germany’s history.

Steinbrück accuses UK of ‘having problems’ with financial reform

Steinbrück accuses UK of ‘having problems’ with financial reform

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück says Britain wants to hamper financial system reform proposals to be discussed at the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh later this week.

Germany’s worst drivers live in the south

Germany’s worst drivers live in the south

Germany’s worst drivers are concentrated in the south of the country, according to a new study by the Berlin-based German Insurance Association (GDV).

Swine flu vaccines expected to arrive in mid-October

Swine flu vaccines expected to arrive in mid-October

The first batch of 50 million A/H1N1 swine flu vaccinations is expected to arrive in Germany in mid-October, daily Westfalen Blatt reported on Wednesday.

Police raid NPD office for sending racist hate mail

Police raid NPD office for sending racist hate mail

Police said on Wednesday they had raided the Berlin headquarters of Germany's neo-Nazi NPD party after it sent racist letters to ethnic minority candidates in this weekend's election, telling them to "go home."

Oktoberfest gets iPhone apps

Oktoberfest gets iPhone apps

Organisers of Munich's venerable Oktoberfest have updated the beer festival for the 21st century with a line of boozy mobile applications for the iPhone.

Indian summer set to continue with high pressure system

Indian summer set to continue with high pressure system

High pressure system “Rosemarie” is bringing more warm air to Germany for a continuation of a balmy Indian summer, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Wednesday.

Police wiretapping surveillance surges

Police wiretapping surveillance surges

German authorities are resorting to more controversial telephone surveillance in their investigations, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Merkel starts to actively court female voters

Merkel starts to actively court female voters

She is Forbes magazine's most powerful woman in the world, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a decidedly ambivalent relationship with the role of gender in politics.