Berlin welcomes Spanish idea for EU economic ‘government’

Berlin welcomes Spanish idea for EU economic ‘government’

Europe's powerhouse Germany gave a cautious welcome on Friday to proposals from the European Union's new Spanish presidency for a form of "government" for the bloc on economic issues.

St. Pius X brotherhood attacks Catholic bishops

St. Pius X brotherhood attacks Catholic bishops

A priest from the controversial Catholic splinter group the Society of St. Pius X on Friday attacked several German bishops for allegedly betraying Pope Benedict XVI and the Church.

Döner kebabs take hold in Vietnam

Döner kebabs take hold in Vietnam

The döner kebab, Germany’s most famous street snack, is making a splash in the unlikely city of Hanoi, Vietnam thanks to an enterprising cook at the Goethe Institute.

Germany ranked world’s fourth best place to live

Germany ranked world’s fourth best place to live

Germany has been ranked the world's fourth best place to live by the 2010 Quality of Life Index, compiled by travel magazine International Living.

German companies falter in global market value rankings

German companies falter in global market value rankings

Only four German companies are among the world’s top 100 most valuable firms – half as many as the previous year, according to a study published this week.

Ruhr Valley’s European culture celebrations to defy deep freeze

Ruhr Valley’s European culture celebrations to defy deep freeze

After three years of preparations, Germany’s industrial Ruhr Valley will kick off its year as a European Capital of Culture this weekend with elaborate celebrations aiming to withstand a looming winter storm.

Winter storm on the way

Winter storm on the way

Arctic air dumped almost 30 centimetres of snow on the Baltic island of Rügen on Friday, as weather experts predicted another storm would likely blanket the rest of the country with plenty of the white stuff over the weekend.

Majority of Germans against Merkel’s tax cuts

Majority of Germans against Merkel’s tax cuts

The majority of Germans are against the new centre-right coalition’s latest tax cuts, a poll released by public broadcaster ARD on Friday revealed.

Bike couriers grappling with enduring snow and ice

Bike couriers grappling with enduring snow and ice

While most workers can retreat to the warmth of their offices or cars during the harsh winter weather, bike messengers across Germany have been braving the cold – but not without a few extra layers.

Report confirms China overtakes German exports

Report confirms China overtakes German exports

Official numbers from the Germany’s Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Friday have confirmed that China has surpassed Germany as the world's leading exporter.

Sparkasse announces refunds for 2010 glitch

Sparkasse announces refunds for 2010 glitch

Shoppers hit by a "Year 2010" computer bug that has rendered their bank cards useless will be compensated for any fees accrued through alternative payment, the German Savings Bank Association (DSGV) told daily Bild on Friday.