Merkel rejects weak leadership criticism

Merkel rejects weak leadership criticism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel took a swipe at critics of her reserved leadership style on Friday after a shaky start to her second term, saying she was in charge when it came to important decisions.

Berlin’s Green Week begins amid GM controversy

Berlin’s Green Week begins amid GM controversy

German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner and Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit on Friday opened the the 75th International Green Week food and farming trade fair amid protests against genetically modified crops.

Man caught smuggling huge ‘blood diamond’ in Frankfurt

Man caught smuggling huge ‘blood diamond’ in Frankfurt

An 86.7-carat uncut diamond worth an estimated €2.5 million has been seized at Frankfurt airport from an Angolan man arriving from Namibia, police said on Friday.

Kiel offers free parking for low-emission cars

Kiel offers free parking for low-emission cars

Residents in the northern German city of Kiel can now park for free in the centre if they drive environmentally friendly cars, a city official told The Local on Friday.

Opel names Nick Reilly as new CEO

Opel names Nick Reilly as new CEO

German auto maker Opel said Friday that General Motors' Nick Reilly has been named new chief executive responsible for Opel and its sister brand Vauxhall as part of a broad restructuring.

When the Maharaja came to town

When the Maharaja came to town

Seeking an exotic respite from Germany’s dreary winter, Rhea Wessel takes a subcontinental sojourn with an Indian circus.

Deutsche Post to offer cheaper ‘hybrid mail’ service this spring

Deutsche Post to offer cheaper ‘hybrid mail’ service this spring

Germany's national postal service Deutsche Post has finalised the details of its new “hybrid mail” service. The combination of e-mail with traditional "snail mail" will be €0.09 cheaper per letter, the company said on Friday.

Leftist leader Bartsch to step down

Leftist leader Bartsch to step down

Dietmar Bartsch, the general secretary of Germany‘s socialist Left party, said on Friday he would step down in May after coming under pressure for alleged disloyalty to party leader Oskar Lafontaine.

Bayern Munich aims for Bundesliga’s elusive top spot

Bayern Munich aims for Bundesliga’s elusive top spot

Host Bayern Munich is hoping a home win over Hoffenheim on Friday night will put them at the top of the Bundesliga more than 18 months after they last led the German league.

Kunduz governor calls Bundeswehr ‘ineffective’

Kunduz governor calls Bundeswehr ‘ineffective’

The governor of the northern Afghan province of Kunduz has called the German military’s service there “ineffective” and said he would welcome more help from US troops.

Politicians reject immigrant quota for public service sector

Politicians reject immigrant quota for public service sector

Politicians on Friday rejected legally mandated quotas to increase the number of people with immigrant backgrounds in public sector jobs.

Röttgen says Asse nuke dump should close

Röttgen says Asse nuke dump should close

Radioactive waste at the controversial Asse nuclear waste dump must be moved to a different facility, Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen said on Friday.