Thuringia state premier vote turns into three-round fiasco

Thuringia state premier vote turns into three-round fiasco

What was supposed to be a symbolic vote for Thuringia’s new Christian Democratic (CDU) state premier Christine Lieberknecht turned into a fiasco on Friday. Politicians there held three votes before she was finally elected.

Insolvent Quelle offers Germany’s ‘biggest ever’ clearance sale

Insolvent Quelle offers Germany’s ‘biggest ever’ clearance sale

Bankrupt mail-order giant Quelle is to have “Germany’s biggest clearance sale” starting Sunday, with 18 million items of merchandise ranging from clothing to electrical appliances being sold at up to 30 percent off.

Death of leading neo-Nazi set to cripple far-right

Death of leading neo-Nazi set to cripple far-right

One of the driving forces of neo-Nazism in Germany, Jürgen Rieger, has died after suffering a stroke, his far-right National Democratic Party announced on its website Friday morning.

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‘New Madoff’ fraud feared in Germany

A German lawyer warned on Friday of a "new Madoff case" as the number of potential victims of fraud involving the speculative German fund K1 soared.

Germany plans to stop foreign aid to China

Germany plans to stop foreign aid to China

Germany plans to cut off millions of euros in foreign aid to emerging economic giant China, the new development minister Dirk Niebel told daily Bild on Friday.

China blocks Berlin Wall anniversary Twitter site

China blocks Berlin Wall anniversary Twitter site

China’s government has blocked its citizens from logging onto a German website celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall because Chinese bloggers were using it to voice civil rights concerns in their own country, the site announced on Thursday.

Former Stasi prisoner goes back to jail for art

Former Stasi prisoner goes back to jail for art

Carl-Wolfgang Holzapfel, who famously lay prostrate across the border at Checkpoint Charlie in protest against the communist East German regime, returned Thursday to the notorious Hohenschönhausen Stasi prison for seven days to reenact his incarceration.

Government agency puts job seekers’ data at risk

Government agency puts job seekers’ data at risk

Data protection deficiencies at the Federal Employment Agency (BA) are far more serious than previously reported, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Friday.

Deutsche Bahn braces for ‘bloody battle’

Deutsche Bahn braces for ‘bloody battle’

German national railway Deutsche Bahn is bracing for a "bloody battle" with French peer SNCF, which has said it intends to compete on major European routes, a Bahn director said on Friday in an interview.

‘Book reverend’ saves a million scrapped East German books

‘Book reverend’ saves a million scrapped East German books

For nearly 20 years, Reverend Martin Weskott has been saving books printed in the former East Germany from the rubbish heap of history.