Green blueblood’s solar project irks commoners

Green blueblood’s solar project irks commoners

The aristocratic house of Thurn und Taxis wants to build the world's largest solar park in Bavaria. But as Kyle James reports, the plans have angered their commoner neighbours.

What’s on in Germany: January 28 – February 3

What’s on in Germany: January 28 – February 3

This Week's Highlights: Air plays Cologne, nudes fill a Hamburg museum, and the Transmediale festival begins in Berlin.

Banks hike cash machine fees

Banks hike cash machine fees

A slew of German banks have begun charging their customers fees of up to €10 for using non-affiliated cash machines, a survey by consumer financial services company FMH showed on Thursday.

Beer consumption hits 20-year low

Beer consumption hits 20-year low

Germans may be famous around the world for their beer, but they drank less of the amber nectar in 2009 than at any time in the past 20 years, according to official statistics published on Thursday.

Cycling comes full circle in Berlin

Cycling comes full circle in Berlin

It’s been a fixture on Berlin’s sporting calendar for almost a century: six straight days of indoor track cycling. Andrew Curry delves into a legendary Volksfest of beer and big gears.

Warren Buffett raises stake in Munich Re

Warren Buffett raises stake in Munich Re

US investor Warren Buffett announced on Thursday he had raised his holding in Munich Re, the world's leading re-insurance company.

Siemens to eliminate nearly 2,000 jobs

Siemens to eliminate nearly 2,000 jobs

The German industrial group Siemens said Thursday it would eliminate around 1,990 German jobs in its machine tool and industrial services activities.

Tokio Hotel singer Bill pledges never to quit band

Tokio Hotel singer Bill pledges never to quit band

Bill Kaulitz, the androgynous lead singer of German pop band Tokio Hotel, said on Thursday he will never ditch his bandmates to pursue a solo career.

Staying the course in Afghanistan

Staying the course in Afghanistan

Germany’s tepid proposals for a conference on the future of Afghanistan in London on Thursday are not enough to ensure peace and stability, argues Dr. Henning Riecke from the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Sex abuse revelations rock elite Catholic school in Berlin

Sex abuse revelations rock elite Catholic school in Berlin

The headmaster of an elite Jesuit high school in Berlin has sent a letter to former students asking them to come forward about systematic sexual abuse by priests there in the 1970s and 1980s.

Politicians consider French-style burka ban

Politicians consider French-style burka ban

As their neighbours in France edged closer to a ban on burkas, German politicians on Thursday debated whether such a measure was necessary in their own country.

Snowstorm mangles traffic across Germany

Snowstorm mangles traffic across Germany

Heavy snowfall overnight created massive traffic problems across Germany on Thursday morning, particularly in the eastern part of the country.

German Olympians look to dominate winter games

German Olympians look to dominate winter games

Germany will be looking to at the stay top of the Winter Olympics medal table at Vancouver despite a morale-sapping doping scandal which claimed multiple gold-medal winner Claudia Pechstein.