Design festival promotes Leipzig’s creative industries

Design festival promotes Leipzig’s creative industries

Hoping to step out of Berlin's shadow, the eastern German city of Leipzig will host its fifth annual Designers’ Open event this weekend to highlight the city's up-and-coming creative scene.

High court backs equal rights for gay marriages

High court backs equal rights for gay marriages

Germany’s high court strengthened the rights of gay couples on Thursday, ruling that government employees with registered civil unions are entitled to the same pension plans as married couples.

Wealthy Germans launch petition for higher taxes

Wealthy Germans launch petition for higher taxes

Some rich Germans have launched a web petition to call for the resumption of a wealth tax to help the country bounce back from an economic crisis, because, as one said, he had "a lot of money I do not need."

Daimler to invest billions in German plants

Daimler to invest billions in German plants

The German luxury car maker Daimler will make major investments in the country to reinforce production of compact models, its boss Dieter Zetche said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: October 22 – 28

What’s on in Germany: October 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: A Little Mermaid ballet in Hamburg, Super 8 films in Frankfurt, and Berlin hosts an art show in a historic bathhouse.

Anti-racism groups slam ‘Black Like Me’ film

Anti-racism groups slam ‘Black Like Me’ film

A new documentary film by a white journalist posing as a Somali immigrant is meant to highlight rampant racism in Germany, but his undercover method is garnering heavy criticism from black advocacy groups.

Robbie Williams to give free concert in Berlin on Friday

Robbie Williams to give free concert in Berlin on Friday

After a 3 year hiatus from show business, UK popstar Robbie Williams has surprised his German fans by deciding to play a free concert in Berlin on Friday.

FDP to demand Germany end daylight saving time changes

FDP to demand Germany end daylight saving time changes

Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP), soon to be the junior coalition partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, want to end annual daylight saving changes in favour of keeping Europe on summer time for the entire year.

Court rules insurance must pay for ex-soldier’s breast surgery

Court rules insurance must pay for ex-soldier’s breast surgery

A transsexual has won a lawsuit against her German health insurance, which will now have to pay for the former British soldier's re-constructive breast surgery, news magazine Der Spiegel reported late on Wednesday.

Kidnapped German doctor held in France for 1982 murder

Kidnapped German doctor held in France for 1982 murder

A German doctor who was kidnapped and taken to France was ordered held Wednesday on a warrant issued following his conviction for the 1982 murder of a French girl, a judicial official said.

Police evacuate 10,000 for bomb detonation

Police evacuate 10,000 for bomb detonation

A World War II-era bomb was detonated early on Thursday morning near Osnabrück’s main train station, police in the state of Lower Saxony reported.

Bayern crash and burn in Bordeaux

Bayern crash and burn in Bordeaux

FC Bayern Munich had two men sent off before going down 2-1 to Bordeaux on Wednesday night's Champions League match.

Depleted Wolfsburg held to draw against Besiktas

Depleted Wolfsburg held to draw against Besiktas

Ten-man Wolfsburg were held to a goalless draw by Turkish side Besiktas in the Champions League on Wednesday to leave the race for second-place in Group B behind Manchester United wide open.