Left’s Lafontaine tipped for comeback after cancer surgery

Left’s Lafontaine tipped for comeback after cancer surgery

The socialist Left party chairman Oskar Lafontaine is planning a return to politics after he recovers from recent prostate cancer treatment, the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported Sunday.

Police focus on neo-Nazis and collectors in Auschwitz case

Police focus on neo-Nazis and collectors in Auschwitz case

Polish police revealed on Sunday they still had no idea who stole the infamous “Arbeit macht frei” sign from the gates of Auschwitz concentration camp, despite their having increased the reward to about €28,000.

Yuletide greetings from China

Yuletide greetings from China

Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, gets in the Christmas spirit with toxic Chinese toys and Yuletide pawnshops.

Weather forces airport closures, cancellations

Weather forces airport closures, cancellations

Icy conditions and heavy snowfalls forced the closure on Sunday of Düsseldorf airport – Germany’s third largest – and also caused havoc at the key transport hub of Frankfurt.

Bayern ready to give Luca Toni away – at no charge

Bayern ready to give Luca Toni away – at no charge

Bundesliga heavyweight Bayern is prepared to give away its mercurial striker Luca Toni for nothing, club president Uli Hoeneß told the sport television station Deutsches Sport-Fernsehen on Sunday.

Union demands €100bn stimulus investment

Union demands €100bn stimulus investment

The powerful IG Metall union called on the federal government on Sunday to put €100 billion into a future investment programme that would bolster technological innovation by German industry.

Becker to Woods: I feel your pain

Becker to Woods: I feel your pain

German tennis great Boris Becker, no stranger to scandal himself, has come out in support of Tiger Woods, saying he sympathises with the golf star whose life is in disarray after his infidelity was exposed.

Merkel puts brave face on future climate talks

Merkel puts brave face on future climate talks

Looking to salvage some hope from the maligned Copenhagen climate conference, Chancellor Angela Merkel called on critics on Sunday to stop “badmouthing” the summit’s outcome and look to the future.

Let’s talk to the Taliban, says Guttenberg

Let’s talk to the Taliban, says Guttenberg

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg called on Sunday for greater dialogue with moderate Taliban where possible, as part of a reassessment of Germany’s strategy to stabilise Afghanistan.

Anger simmers in Demjanjuk’s home village

Anger simmers in Demjanjuk’s home village

A kind-hearted farm boy is how villagers recall suspected Nazi-era war criminal John Demjanjuk in his native Ukraine where his trial has provoked outrage among those who knew him.