Germany criticised for Nazi trial double standards

Germany criticised for Nazi trial double standards

In putting Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk on trial, Germany has laid itself open to accusations of double standards over pursuing perpetrators of the Holocaust.

US ambassador calls Germany Washington’s most important ally

US ambassador calls Germany Washington’s most important ally

Philip Murphy, the US ambassador to Germany, has called on Berlin to work closely with Washington to together to tackle challenges ranging from Afghanistan to global warming.

Lidl to offer deep discounts on Deutsche Bahn tickets

Lidl to offer deep discounts on Deutsche Bahn tickets

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn will offer affordable tickets in partnership with discount supermarket Lidl beginning on December 7, they announced on Tuesday.

Shorter working hours keep lid on joblessness

Shorter working hours keep lid on joblessness

The Federal Labour Agency said on Tuesday that German unemployment dipped to 7.6 percent of the workforce in November from 7.7 percent the previous month, as government sponsored shorter working hours kept job cuts at bay.

High court deems Berlin shop hours unconstitutional

High court deems Berlin shop hours unconstitutional

Germany’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled Berlin’s liberal opening hours for shops were unconstitutional, agreeing with Christian churches that Sundays must be protected from allegedly wanton consumerism.

Berlin Wall checkpoint up for auction on eBay

Berlin Wall checkpoint up for auction on eBay

Just after the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, pieces of the Bornholmer Straße border crossing between East and West Berlin go up for sale Tuesday on internet auction site eBay.

Police ram bike to nab fugitive from Aachen

Police ram bike to nab fugitive from Aachen

Police on Tuesday apprehended convicted murderer Peter Paul Michalski after five days on the run following a dramatic escape from an Aachen maximum-security prison.

Mercedes-Benz workers protest possible factory move to US

Mercedes-Benz workers protest possible factory move to US

Metalworkers’ union IG Metall on Tuesday called for workers at the Mercedes-Benz factory in Sindelfingen to protest against the company’s possible plans to move production of its luxury C-Class vehicle to the US by 2014.

Brandenburg parliament rocked by Stasi scandal

Brandenburg parliament rocked by Stasi scandal

The vice president of the German state of Brandenburg's parliament and another regional official resigned on Monday following revelations of their past links to the East German secret police.

Germany celebrates 25 years of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’

Germany celebrates 25 years of Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’

Move over Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby, Germans prefer British pop duo Wham! to serenade them into the Yuletide spirit. This year they celebrate the 25th anniversary of their favourite holiday song, “Last Christmas.”