BMW to invest in Chinese expansion

BMW to invest in Chinese expansion

BMW and its Chinese partner will invest five billion yuan ($732 million) to expand production capacity in the world's biggest car market, the German auto maker said Thursday.

New programme teaches Turkish imams to lead prayer in German

New programme teaches Turkish imams to lead prayer in German

A new programme is helping 17 Turkish imams learn German in a bid for improved integration, a North Rhine-Westphalian cultural organisation said on Thursday.

Opel is not the world

Opel is not the world

International solidarity among autoworkers? Malte Lehming from Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel believes German outrage over GM’s decision not to sell Opel needs to be put in transatlantic perspective.

Munich doctors rebuild breasts with pig tissue after cancer

Munich doctors rebuild breasts with pig tissue after cancer

Doctors in Bavaria have become the first in Europe to test a new post-mastectomy plastic surgery procedure that uses subcutaneous pig tissue, the University of Munich’s women’s health centre announced on Thursday.

Tim Kretschmer’s father faces criminal charges

Tim Kretschmer’s father faces criminal charges

The father of the boy who killed 15 people in Winnenden last spring faces charges of negligent manslaughter for not securing the gun his son used in the rampage, the Baden-Württemberg state justice ministry in Stuttgart confirmed on Thursday.

Coalition bickers over tax reform promises

Coalition bickers over tax reform promises

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Thursday ruled out a major tax reform before 2013, potentially setting the stage for conflict within Chancellor Angela Merkel's new centre-right coalition.

35,000 pay respects to footballer Enke

35,000 pay respects to footballer Enke

Around 35,000 people took part in a solemn procession through central Hannover to pay their respects to Robert Enke, the star goalkeeper who committed suicide this week, police said Thursday.

Education minister calls for speedy reform as students protest

Education minister calls for speedy reform as students protest

As student protests across Germany continue, Education Minister Annette Schavan on Thursday called for states to quickly enact reforms that have already been agreed upon.

What’s on in Germany: November 12 – 18

What’s on in Germany: November 12 – 18

This Week's Highlights: Botticelli comes to Frankfurt, Phoenix plays Hamburg, and Berlin hosts a British film festival.

German ‘fog catcher’ brings water to Peru slums

German ‘fog catcher’ brings water to Peru slums

Many of Peru's grittiest slums can only dream of access to water. But thanks to a German NGO, simple technology and hard work, some humble homes are the first to use plastic netting to harvest water from the fog cloaking the night sky, writes AFP's Luis Jaime Cisneros.

Wet and windy weather will warm up weekend

Wet and windy weather will warm up weekend

The wet and windy weather in Germany will continue into the weekend, but it is set to become considerably warmer.

Guttenberg makes surprise Afghanistan visit

Guttenberg makes surprise Afghanistan visit

Under heavy security, German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Thursday to meet with international military commanders and Afghan officials.