Berlin mulls increasing troops in Afghanistan

Berlin mulls increasing troops in Afghanistan

The German government is considering increasing the upper limit of its troop contingent in Afghanistan to 7,000, public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk reported on Thursday.

eBay eliminates nearly half of its German staff

eBay eliminates nearly half of its German staff

Internet auction website eBay announced on Thursday it was eliminating 400 of its 1,000 jobs in Germany due to restructuring its European customer service operations.

Schoolchildren give away almost €15,000 found on the street

Schoolchildren give away almost €15,000 found on the street

Four Frankfurt children found €15,000 in an old brown envelope on their way to school and then passed it out to all of their friends this week, a police spokesman told The Local on Thursday.

Train retraces East German route to freedom

Train retraces East German route to freedom

A historic train left Prague for Germany on Thursday to retrace a trip taken by thousands of freedom-hungry East Germans who fled their communist country just before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

Dieter Bohlen officially ruled an artist by Kassel court

Dieter Bohlen officially ruled an artist by Kassel court

Dieter Bohlen, a hectoring jury member on Germany’s version of Pop Idol, is officially an artist, according to a ruling by the Federal Social Court in Kassel on Thursday.

High court upholds Bavaria’s porous smoking ban

High court upholds Bavaria’s porous smoking ban

Germany’s high court in Karlsruhe on Thursday ruled that Bavaria’s looser implementation of its smoking ban is constitutional.

SPD chooses coalition with CDU in Thuringia

SPD chooses coalition with CDU in Thuringia

One month after an election in the eastern German state of Thuringia, the centre-left Social Democrats have decided to shun a left-wing alliance in favour of a coalition with the conservative Christian Democrats.

What’s on in Germany: October 1 – 7

What’s on in Germany: October 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: A celebration of TV towers in Frankfurt, a film festival in Hamburg, and giants march through Berlin in celebration of Germany's reunification.

Aldi price hike gives hope to dairy farmers

Aldi price hike gives hope to dairy farmers

Discount grocery chain Aldi has decided to raise its price for butter, giving hope to struggling German dairy farmers ahead of their meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, foodstuffs magazine Lebensmittelzeitung reported on Wednesday.

Drunk woman run over by train survives tucked between tracks

Drunk woman run over by train survives tucked between tracks

A highly intoxicated woman walked away unscathed after she was run over by a train in Kaufering, Bavarian police reported late on Wednesday.

Terror threats fail to derail the party at Oktoberfest

Terror threats fail to derail the party at Oktoberfest

Revellers at Munich's epic beer bash Oktoberfest aren't letting terrorist threats spoil this year's party, reports AFP's Ryland James.

Frustrated Bayern held to a draw by Juventus

Frustrated Bayern held to a draw by Juventus

Bayern Munich were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Group A rivals Juventus on Wednesday, which left the German giants frustrated and likely without their injured winger Arjen Robben.