Merkel offers thanks but presses US on climate

Merkel offers thanks but presses US on climate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used a historic address to the US Congress on Tuesday to issue a heartfelt plea to combat climate change, likening the problem to a second Berlin Wall.

The lonely American: speaking with a US defector to East Germany

The lonely American: speaking with a US defector to East Germany

As thousands of people celebrated the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, Victor Grossman feared he might be arrested. Brett Neely meets the American defector who fled to communist East Germany after deserting from the US Army.

Missing medieval church tower cross goes unnoticed for days

Missing medieval church tower cross goes unnoticed for days

Thieves have stolen the valuable crest of a medieval church steeple in Göttingen – though no one noticed for up to nine days, police in Lower Saxony reported on Tuesday.

Eastern German economy grows faster than expected

Eastern German economy grows faster than expected

Germany's formerly communist eastern states need just 10 more years to match the economic output of the poorest western states, according to a new study released by the IW economic institute in Cologne on Tuesday.

Small general stores making comeback in rural Germany

Small general stores making comeback in rural Germany

Small general stores are making a comeback in German villages because residents are no longer willing to drive long distances to remote supermarkets, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday.

Obese man dies after refusing zoo X-ray

Obese man dies after refusing zoo X-ray

An obese man is dead after he refused to have an X-ray taken in a machine for zoo animals because he was too large for one at a Hamburg hospital, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

BMW slams into Q3 earnings wall

BMW slams into Q3 earnings wall

German luxury car maker BMW on Tuesday posted dismal third quarter figures and warned there was no guarantee of a recovery in the coming months despite strong growth in China.

Guttenberg says Taliban waging ‘war’ against German troops

Guttenberg says Taliban waging ‘war’ against German troops

Breaking a long-standing semantic taboo in Berlin, German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said on Tuesday that Taliban forces are waging a "war" against the international community.

German fighter jet intercepts Russians in Baltic airspace

German fighter jet intercepts Russians in Baltic airspace

A German Luftwaffe fighter jet recently intercepted a Russian military aircraft threatening the airspace of NATO's Baltic members, the Rheinische Post daily reported on Tuesday.

Truckers ram blood donor van injuring six

Truckers ram blood donor van injuring six

Six people were injured on Monday night in a dramatic accident involving a semi-truck from Lithuania and a blood donor van from the German Red Cross on the A5 motorway near Gießen in Hesse.

Merkel to deliver historic speech to US Congress

Merkel to deliver historic speech to US Congress

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will deliver a major speech to the US Congress on Tuesday, nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall and as the transatlantic alliance faces new challenges such as Afghanistan and climate change.