Pressure mounts on Guttenberg over air strike

Pressure mounts on Guttenberg over air strike

German Defence Minister Pressure Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Wednesday faced mounting political pressure over a botched air strike in Afghanistan, following a report he was aware early on it caused several civilian casualties.

The Best of Berlin in December

The Best of Berlin in December

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, rustles up great design gift ideas, finds a new English-language bookshop and explores Christmas market fun.

Mecklenburg wolves allowed to devour €150,000 in livestock

Mecklenburg wolves allowed to devour €150,000 in livestock

The five wild wolves in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania can gorge themselves on up to €150,000 worth of sheep and other livestock, Agricultural Minister Till Backhaus said on Wednesday.

German bonds garner top rating as Greece wavers

German bonds garner top rating as Greece wavers

The international ratings agency Standard & Poor's stood by its top rating of Germany's sovereign debt on Wednesday, in sharp contrast to a warning issued two days earlier to Greece.

Stralsund restores rare Baroque celestial globe

Stralsund restores rare Baroque celestial globe

After months of painstaking restoration work, a rare celestial globe dating back to 1715 is returning to the Museum of Cultural History in Stralsund, director Andreas Grüger told The Local on Wednesday.

Axel Springer introduces iPhone apps with monthly fees

Axel Springer introduces iPhone apps with monthly fees

In an effort to squeeze more money from its internet operations, German publisher Axel Springer AG is introducing iPhone applications with monthly subscription fees for two newspapers. The Bild app will allow users to “shake” the clothes off the paper’s naked front page girls.

Hopp blackmailer jailed for nearly four years

Hopp blackmailer jailed for nearly four years

A man accused of trying to blackmail German billionaire Dietmar Hopp for more than €5 million was handed a prison sentence of almost four years on Wednesday by a Heidelberg district court.

What’s on in Germany: December 10 – 16

What’s on in Germany: December 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: Grandmaster Flash in Munich, Wagner in Hannover, and a festival for nerds in Berlin.

Circus trainer mauled by three tigers in Hamburg

Circus trainer mauled by three tigers in Hamburg

An animal trainer is in critical condition after he was mauled by three tigers in front of a Hamburg dinner theatre audience on Tuesday evening, according to police.

Volkswagen buys major stake in Suzuki

Volkswagen buys major stake in Suzuki

In a deal that could accelerate the restructuring of the global automobile industry, German car giant Volkswagen announced on Wednesday it was buying a major stake in Japan's Suzuki.

Holbrooke urges Berlin to increase troops in Afghanistan

Holbrooke urges Berlin to increase troops in Afghanistan

US special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke recommended that Germany send more troops to Afghanistan in an interview with daily Berliner Zeitung on Wednesday.

Germany to accept more foreign academic credentials

Germany to accept more foreign academic credentials

The German government plans to make the acceptance of foreign academic qualifications easier for immigrants, Education Minister Annette Schavan told daily Passauer Neue Presse on Wednesday.

Bayern thumps Juventus to reach knock-outs

Bayern thumps Juventus to reach knock-outs

Bayern Munich qualified for the Champions League second round after dominating Juventus for 90 minutes in Turin, Italy, thumping their hosts 4-1 to knock them out of the competition.