Watchdog eyes Opel state help

Watchdog eyes Opel state help

The European Union’s competition watchdog vowed on Sunday to keep a tight rein on how state aid is given to ailing carmaker Opel, as the firm’s parent company prepares its pitch for help from countries including Germany.

Knobloch to step down as Jewish leader

Knobloch to step down as Jewish leader

The Central Council of Jews in Germany is set for a historic generational shift after Charlotte Knobloch announced Sunday she would retire as president, making her the last leader to come from the Holocaust-survivor generation.

Bundeswehr probes claims that teen girl was killed in shootout

Bundeswehr probes claims that teen girl was killed in shootout

Germany is investigating claims a 14-year-girl was killed during a firefight between its Bundeswehr soldiers and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Germany scores lucky draw for 2012 Euro Cup

Germany scores lucky draw for 2012 Euro Cup

Germany’s national football team has scored a good draw for the 2012 European Cup qualifying games, facing Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, organisers announced Sunday.

Germany under ice Queen’s spell

Germany under ice Queen’s spell

Germany’s roads and footpaths will remain treacherously slippery for some days to come, with freezing temperatures and some snow set to preserve a sheet of ice on the ground, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported Sunday.

Google ‘Street View’ hits fresh privacy snag

Google ‘Street View’ hits fresh privacy snag

Google's "Street View" service faces a new hurdle in Germany, with Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner branding it on Sunday a “million-fold violation of the private sphere” and demanding the internet giant get additional consent from people photographed.

Guttenberg calls for NATO reform, blasts Iran

Guttenberg calls for NATO reform, blasts Iran

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg called for quick reform of the NATO security alliance on Sunday, claiming “we talk too much and achieve too little.”

Marlene Dietrich the first star on ‘Berlin Walk’

Marlene Dietrich the first star on ‘Berlin Walk’

Berlin-born Hollywood legend Marlene Dietrich will be immortalised on the streets of her home city on a new "Walk of Fame" to be unveiled during the Berlin film festival this week, promoters said Saturday.

Merkel urged to lead integration debate

Merkel urged to lead integration debate

The leaders of Germany’s Turkish and Islamic communities called on Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday to get personally more involved in socially integrating disillusioned youngsters from immigrant backgrounds.