Bremen firm wins EU’s Galileo satellite deal

Bremen firm wins EU’s Galileo satellite deal

The European Commission on Thursday awarded Germany's OHB Technology a €566-million contract for 14 satellites for its Galileo navigation system.

Westerwelle urges Turkey to pursue EU reforms

Westerwelle urges Turkey to pursue EU reforms

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged Turkey Thursday to press ahead with reforms to bring it closer to the European Union and denied Berlin was blocking Ankara's bid to join the bloc.

Retail sales resist dire downturn in 2009

Retail sales resist dire downturn in 2009

German retail sales fell by around 2.0 percent in 2009 from the previous year, an official estimation said Thursday as consumption fared better than Europe's biggest economy in general.

The Best of the Rhineland in January

The Best of the Rhineland in January

This month Rhine-online, the Rhineland’s leading English-language website, finds gourmet food in Gladbach, admires art in Düsseldorf, and tells you where to get your drink on in Bonn.

Snow bounty boosts Germany’s most northern ski slope

Snow bounty boosts Germany’s most northern ski slope

Germany’s most northerly ski lift is seeing an unprecedented rush of business amid unusually wintry conditions this season, operators said on Thursday.

Berlinale to screen restored ‘Metropolis’ at Brandenburg Gate

Berlinale to screen restored ‘Metropolis’ at Brandenburg Gate

The restored lost cut of Fritz Lang’s legendary 1927 silent film “Metropolis” will be beamed onto the Brandenburg Gate for the public as it premieres at the Berlinale, the film festival's organisers said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: January 7 – 13

What’s on in Germany: January 7 – 13

This Week's Highlights: Dinosaurs in Cologne, a dance festival in Berlin, and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" in the middle of winter in Hamburg.

Conservatives and FDP agree to coalition ‘crisis meeting’

Conservatives and FDP agree to coalition ‘crisis meeting’

The heads of the three parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition will hold what the German media had termed a "crisis meeting" after a shaky start marked by infighting, it emerged on Thursday.

High court orders retrial in asylum-seeker death

High court orders retrial in asylum-seeker death

The case of an asylum seeker from Sierra Leone who burned to death in a Dessau jail cell must be retried, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled on Thursday – the five-year anniversary of his death.

Official says kidnapped family still alive in Yemen

Official says kidnapped family still alive in Yemen

Five Germans, including three children, and a British national who have been held by kidnappers in Yemen for the past six months are still alive, a top official said on Thursday.

‘Naked’ scans at airports supported

‘Naked’ scans at airports supported

A majority of Germans support the use of so-called “naked” scanners at airports in the wake of failed attempt to blow up a US-bound flight on Christmas day, according to a poll published on Thursday.

Bank card bug turns Germans back to cash

Bank card bug turns Germans back to cash

German shoppers hit by a "Year 2010" computer bug that has bitten 30 million bank cards fell back this week on a proven means of payment – cash.

Germany mulling Afghan police training to avoid more troops

Germany mulling Afghan police training to avoid more troops

The German government is planning to counter US demands to send more troops to Afghanistan by offering to increase police training, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Thursday.

71-year-old ‘murders’ grandson in Florida

71-year-old ‘murders’ grandson in Florida

A 71-year-old German woman has been arrested in Florida for murdering her grandson to keep him from growing up with divorced parents in the United States.