Berlin forges deal over WWII expellee centre

Berlin forges deal over WWII expellee centre

A dispute over a memorial foundation for Germans driven from Eastern Europe after 1945 that has caused friction with Poland looked to be over Thursday after the main expellees' body and the government reached a compromise.

VW recalls thousands of vehicles in Brazil

VW recalls thousands of vehicles in Brazil

Volkswagen announced Thursday it was recalling 193,620 vehicles in Brazil because of a lubrication problem with the rear wheels that could cause them to seize or fall off.

Poisonous gas munitions to remain off Helgoland

Poisonous gas munitions to remain off Helgoland

Ninety tonnes of poisonous gas shells from World War II sunken off the coast of the North Sea island Helgoland will not be raised out of safety concerns, authorities in the state of Schleswig-Holstein said on Thursday.

The Local’s best bets for the Berlinale

The Local’s best bets for the Berlinale

With almost 400 films and countless other events accompanying this year’s Berlinale, choosing what to see can be a daunting task. Fortunately, The Local has sifted out a sampling of the festival’s most interesting offerings.

Merkel says EU will not abandon Greece

Merkel says EU will not abandon Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared on Thursday that the European Union would not "leave Greece on its own" with its deficit crisis ahead of an EU summit in Brussels.

A look back at the Berlinale’s 60-year history

A look back at the Berlinale’s 60-year history

Over the years the Berlin Film Festival has been a child of the Cold War, a propaganda tool for the Allies, and a frequent political battleground that reached far beyond cinema seats, writes AFP's Deborah Cole.

Meet the 2010 Berlin Film Festival jury

Meet the 2010 Berlin Film Festival jury

The Berlinale international jury, led this year by German director Werner Herzog, decides who leaves the film festival with the Golden Bear, Silver Bears and the Alfred Bauer Prize in the competition. Meet the members, who are often as quirky as the films they choose to honour.

The 60th anniversary Berlinale at a glance

The 60th anniversary Berlinale at a glance

Asian movies will take pride of place this week at the 60th Berlin Film Festival. But as AFP's Deborah Cole reports, new pictures by Roman Polanski and Martin Scorsese will also make their red-carpet premieres.

What’s on in Germany: February 11-17

What’s on in Germany: February 11-17

This Week's Highlights: A film festival in Berlin, Karneval in Cologne, and Warhol and pals go on view in Hamburg.

Karneval off to a chilly start

Karneval off to a chilly start

Tens of thousands of Jecken hit the streets in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate on Thursday morning to kick off several days of alcohol-fuelled Karneval celebrations ahead of Lent.

Ramsauer rules out Deutsche Bahn privatisation

Ramsauer rules out Deutsche Bahn privatisation

German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer said on Thursday that he had serious misgivings about government plans to privatise national rail provider Deutsche Bahn.

Documents in Kunduz affair may have been destroyed

Documents in Kunduz affair may have been destroyed

Military documents detailing the events surrounding a deadly bombardment in Afghanistan now under investigation by the German parliament have reportedly been destroyed.

Olympic skeleton team accused of cheating

Olympic skeleton team accused of cheating

The German skeleton team on Wednesday rejected cheating accusations from their Canadian rivals as a row erupted in the lead-up to the Winter Olympics.

Boris Becker announces new son ‘Amadeus’

Boris Becker announces new son ‘Amadeus’

German tennis legend Boris Becker has welcomed his fourth child into the world with new wife Lilly Kerssenberg, media reports confirmed on Thursday.