Westerwelle attacks ‘socialist’ welfare debate

Westerwelle attacks ‘socialist’ welfare debate

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle refused to back down on Friday after being assailed from all quarters for slamming the “socialist leanings” of a national debate on welfare.

Thin Alpine air has slimming effect on the obese

Thin Alpine air has slimming effect on the obese

Obese people can quickly lose weight and keep it off for weeks afterwards by spending time at higher altitudes, German scientists revealed this week, in a discovery that could lead to new obesity treatments.

ThyssenKrupp posts strong Q1 profit

ThyssenKrupp posts strong Q1 profit

The German steel group ThyssenKrupp posted on Friday a first quarter profit that was much better than expected, but warned a recovery remained fragile because sales would level off this year.

German athletes go for gold at Winter Olympics in Vancouver

German athletes go for gold at Winter Olympics in Vancouver

A winter-sports powerhouse, Germany is hoping to dominate the Olympic Games starting in Vancouver on Friday.

HIV-positive No Angels singer charged with bodily harm

HIV-positive No Angels singer charged with bodily harm

Prosecutors said Friday they have charged Nadja Benaissa, a member of Germany's all-female pop group No Angels, with causing bodily harm for failing to inform sexual partners that she was HIV positive.

Cologne considered evacuation near metro

Cologne considered evacuation near metro

Nearly a year after a dramatic cave-in underneath Cologne’s historical archive left two people dead, the city’s authorities considered evacuating large parts of the centre along a new metro line.

Sorry Germany, but Canada’s gold for bobsleigh champ Lueders

Sorry Germany, but Canada’s gold for bobsleigh champ Lueders

Win or lose, there's nothing to match Canada in the view of four-time Olympian and 1998 bobsleigh champion Pierre Lueders - even if it upsets Germany.

Polanski only a ‘ghost’ at Berlinale premiere

Polanski only a ‘ghost’ at Berlinale premiere

Roman Polanski's new film "The Ghost Writer" premieres Friday at the 60th Berlin Film Festival but the director, under house arrest in Switzerland, will be at the red-carpet gala in spirit only.

Economic recovery stalls

Economic recovery stalls

The German economy stagnated in the fourth quarter of 2009, halting the European heavyweight's rebound from a deep recession, data released on Friday by the Federal Statistics Office showed.

Verdi defends wage demands after talks fail

Verdi defends wage demands after talks fail

The leader of the public workers’ union Verdi has defended his organisation’s demands after a third round of negotiations with state and municipal employers failed late on Thursday night.

Biathlon pin-up among Olympic gold favourites

Biathlon pin-up among Olympic gold favourites

Germany's biathlon pin-up Magdalena Neuner begins her assault on Olympic gold on Saturday in the women's sprint, but her main rivals for a podium place are set to come from her own team.