Top women’s volleyball team prove work is a beach

Top women’s volleyball team prove work is a beach

Spending the day at the beach can be hard work if you’re Europe’s top-ranked volleyball players. Jeff Kavanagh catches up with Laura Ludwig and Sara Goller.

Deep freeze extends icy grip on Germany

Deep freeze extends icy grip on Germany

Frigid weather that rolled into Germany over the weekend is here to stay for another week with snow likely on the way, German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

Controversial new ID cards coming in 2010

Controversial new ID cards coming in 2010

The German Interior Ministry confirmed on Monday that new identification cards containing radio-frequency (RFID) chips will be introduced starting November 1, 2010 - but some data protection experts are critical of the decision.

Ex-Nazi guard Demjanjuk probed for fatal 1947 car crash

Ex-Nazi guard Demjanjuk probed for fatal 1947 car crash

John Demjanjuk, already on trial for Nazi-era war crimes, is also under investigation for allegedly intentionally killing someone with his car in 1947, German prosecutors said Monday.

Head of German drug watchdog resists pressure to step down

Head of German drug watchdog resists pressure to step down

The head of Germany’s independent drug watchdog has criticised the pharmaceutical industry for allegedly trying to muzzle his institute for its often critical stance on drug companies.

Nationalisation of Austria’s HGAA costs Bavaria €3.75 billion

Nationalisation of Austria’s HGAA costs Bavaria €3.75 billion

The Austrian government on Monday nationalised real estate financier Hypo Group Alpe Adria (HGAA), costing the German state of Bavaria an estimated €3.75 billion.

Deutsche Bahn to cut 14,000 jobs

Deutsche Bahn to cut 14,000 jobs

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn plans to lay off some 14,000 employees in the next five years, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Monday.

Guttenberg refuses to resign over air strike

Guttenberg refuses to resign over air strike

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has ruled out resigning amidst accusations that he lied about what information was available to him following a controversial and deadly air strike in Afghanistan.

G77 accuse Merkel of blocking climate strides

G77 accuse Merkel of blocking climate strides

As the second week of negotiations at the climate conference in Copenhagen began on Monday, developing nations accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of blocking progress with stingy financial contributions.

Retiree makes emergency call for more toilet paper

Retiree makes emergency call for more toilet paper

A Bochum woman in here nineties called emergency services this weekend regarding a delicate matter – she was out of toilet paper, police reported.