Organic food sector stagnates amid tough economy

Organic food sector stagnates amid tough economy

Germany's organic food market, far and away Europe's largest, was stagnant in 2009 after years of stellar growth but still outperformed the wider food market, a trade organisation said Wednesday.

Green party celebrates 30th anniversary

Green party celebrates 30th anniversary

From beards and Birkenstocks to part of political establishment: Germany’s environmentalist Green party celebrated its 30th anniversary on Wednesday.

Ailing ski jumper Schmitt slams scrawny weight allowances

Ailing ski jumper Schmitt slams scrawny weight allowances

German champion ski jumper Martin Schmitt this week became the latest athlete within his sport to criticise dangerous minimum weight rules following an announcement that he was taking a break due to exhaustion stemming from nutritional deficiencies.

Mice invade German parliamentary building

Mice invade German parliamentary building

Mice have infested Germany’s parliamentary offices, but officials are keeping the problem under wraps to protect the “dignity” of the hallowed government buildings, daily Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

Requests to see Stasi secret police files surge in Wall anniversary year

Requests to see Stasi secret police files surge in Wall anniversary year

More than 100,000 people requested a look into their files created by the feared East German secret police, the Stasi, last year, the archive responsible for the documents said on Wednesday.

Family refuses to claim ‘lonely corpse’ in Austria

Family refuses to claim ‘lonely corpse’ in Austria

Austrian officials are struggling to find a final resting place for a dead German man whom no one wants. The man’s relatives refuse to claim the “lonely corpse” because he left a mountain of debt behind when he died six weeks ago.

Economy shrivels five percent in 2009

Economy shrivels five percent in 2009

The German economy contracted by five percent last year, its deepest recession since World War II, according to preliminary figures released on Wednesday.

Public workers threaten strikes as wage negotiations begin

Public workers threaten strikes as wage negotiations begin

The first round of wage negotiations for some two million public sector employees began on Wednesday in Potsdam, as their union Verdi said it would not rule out strikes to pressure state and federal employers.

Coalition loses majority support from public

Coalition loses majority support from public

Germany’s centre-right government coalition has lost the majority of public support less than six months after being elected, a poll published on Wednesday revealed.

Obama musical to premiere in Frankfurt

Obama musical to premiere in Frankfurt

Barack Obama has been serenaded by stars like Aretha Franklin and Beyonce, now he'll sing himself in a new musical set to open Sunday in Frankfurt - where many consider the US president a role model.