SPD makes Steinmeier parliamentary leader

SPD makes Steinmeier parliamentary leader

After he failed to oust Angela Merkel from the Chancellery, Social Democratic MPs voted to make outgoing foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as the leader of the party's parliamentary group on Tuesday.

Westerwelle: Germany must stay in Afghanistan

Westerwelle: Germany must stay in Afghanistan

Guido Westerwelle, the man tipped to become Berlin's next foreign minister, said on Tuesday that Germany should stay the course in Afghanistan until security can be assured in the war-torn nation.

Knut slapped by new girlfriend

Knut slapped by new girlfriend

Just a few days after a brown bear suddenly killed its companion before terrified onlookers in Stralsund, Berlin’s favourite polar bear Knut had an altercation with his new female companion Gianna, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

Stinky German men ranked the world’s worst lovers

Stinky German men ranked the world’s worst lovers

German men have been rated the worst lovers by a British survey of 15,000 women from 20 countries. The reason? The unwashed Teutonic romeos smell.

Energy firms looking at huge nuclear windfall

Energy firms looking at huge nuclear windfall

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government likely to extend or even roll back Germany’s phase-out of nuclear power, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday the country’s energy countries stand to make billions.

Emden shipyard closes despite workers’ protests

Emden shipyard closes despite workers’ protests

The traditional seaport city of Emden was stunned on Tuesday, as its historical Nordseewerke shipyard remained closed a day after owner ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) sold it to wind farm maker Siag Schaaf Industrie.

Making the SPD relevant through redundancy

Making the SPD relevant through redundancy

The Social Democrats suffered a resounding defeat in Sunday’s election. Lorenz Maroldt, editor-in-chief of Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel, believes the beleaguered centre-left party can now deal with the issues it has neglected for too long.

Berlin S-Bahn commuters to be reimbursed for train chaos

Berlin S-Bahn commuters to be reimbursed for train chaos

Berlin’s S-Bahn commuter train service will begin reimbursing regular customers on October 8 for the safety scandal that has crippled service since late July, the company told daily Berliner Morgenpost on Tuesday.

Hertha reportedly considering hiring Matthäus as coach

Hertha reportedly considering hiring Matthäus as coach

Former Germany captain Lothar Matthäus has been linked to the vacant coaching role at the Bundesliga's bottom club Hertha Berlin, which sacked coach Lucien Favre on Monday evening.

‘Elk safari’ backs up A7 traffic

‘Elk safari’ backs up A7 traffic

Police closed the A7 motorway near the border of Hesse and Lower Saxony in both directions on Monday evening, causing massive traffic jams for what witnesses called a “elk safari.”

Russia’s ‘Hitler skull’ belonged to a woman

Russia’s ‘Hitler skull’ belonged to a woman

A skull fragment thought to come from Adolf Hitler is in fact that of an unidentified woman, according to a US study that has resurrected questions about the Nazi leader's death.