Big-boned in Berlin

Big-boned in Berlin

Faced with post-holiday bloat, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, parses the decision by German women’s magazine Brigitte to stop using skinny models.

Peres begins Holocaust remembrance trip

Peres begins Holocaust remembrance trip

Israeli President Shimon Peres arrived in Germany on Monday at the start of a visit set to culminate in a historic speech in parliament to mark the Holocaust.

Extra fees for state health insurance seen by 2011

Extra fees for state health insurance seen by 2011

A German health insurance official on Monday said additional fees for statutory insurance are likely to be implemented nationwide by 2011 at the latest.

Teens beat man with club in Munich S-Bahn

Teens beat man with club in Munich S-Bahn

A 29-year-old man has been brutally beaten by a group of teenagers in a Munich S-Bahn commuter train, police reported on Monday.

Randy Rostock burglar steals pinup girl calendars

Randy Rostock burglar steals pinup girl calendars

A burglar breaking into a workshop outside of Rostock chose not to steal the construction company’s expensive equipment – opting instead for calendars of scantily clad women.

Deutsche Bahn picks Siemens as ‘preferred bidder’ for train order

Deutsche Bahn picks Siemens as ‘preferred bidder’ for train order

Germany's rail operator Deutsche Bahn Monday said it had selected industrial giant Siemens as its "preferred bidder" for a record order of 300 trains worth up to €6 billion.

Higher tobacco taxes push smokers to contraband cigarettes

Higher tobacco taxes push smokers to contraband cigarettes

An increasing number of German smokers are turning to contraband cigarettes in response to higher tobacco taxes, according to research published on Monday.

Arrest warrant issued for ex-Argentine dictator

Arrest warrant issued for ex-Argentine dictator

German justice authorities said Monday they have ordered an international arrest warrant for ex-Argentine military dictator Jorge Rafael Videla over the killing of a German citizen while he was in power.

Taste for cheap eats worries German food producers

Taste for cheap eats worries German food producers

Is the German penchant for cheap eats threatening more than the country's miserly gullets? AFP's Frederic Happe reports on how the trend towards budget victuals is affecting food producers.

Women touted to replace ailing Lafontaine

Women touted to replace ailing Lafontaine

A woman should take over the top position for the socialist party The Left after Oskar Lafontaine’s resignation this weekend, the party’s parliamentary group deputy chairman Bodo Ramelow suggested on Monday.

Snow and ice snarl roads and air traffic

Snow and ice snarl roads and air traffic

Snow and ice caused havoc on German roads and disruptions at the country’s largest airport in Frankfurt on Monday. Meteorologists expect the deep freeze to continue all week.

Kroos takes Leverkusen back to top of Bundesliga

Kroos takes Leverkusen back to top of Bundesliga

Rising star Toni Kroos was both chief playmaker and goalscorer on Sunday in Leverkusen's 3-0 win over Hoffenheim that knocked his parent club Bayern Munich off the top of the table.