Gorbachev receives Dresden award for nuclear disarmament

Gorbachev receives Dresden award for nuclear disarmament

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the inaugural Dresden Prize on Sunday in recognition of his role in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end.

Banks forced to tell customers about risks

Banks forced to tell customers about risks

Under threats of intervention from the government, Germany’s big banks are scrambling to hand out consumer information packs explaining the risks of various accounts and investments, a report revealed Sunday.

A little brighter, and plenty slipperier: this week’s weather

A little brighter, and plenty slipperier: this week’s weather

Eastern parts of Germany can expect some sunshine early this week but Karneval revellers in the Rhineland may have to celebrate Rose Monday in snow, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Sunday.

Westerwelle removes gloves in welfare debate

Westerwelle removes gloves in welfare debate

Vice Chancellor Guido Westerwelle stepped up his attacks on the welfare system Sunday, calling for a complete overhaul and warning that workers were fast becoming “the nation’s suckers.”

Artist Banksy keeps Berlin guessing

Artist Banksy keeps Berlin guessing

Elusive British graffiti artist Banksy is due to walk the red carpet Sunday when he presents his directorial debut in Berlin but organisers said he would stay incognito throughout the high-profile event.

Army ritual abuse scandal spreads

Army ritual abuse scandal spreads

The hazing scandal in the German army, in which young recruits have reportedly been forced to eat raw animal liver until they vomited, has snowballed with more soldiers blowing the whistle on ugly rites of passage, reports said Sunday.

Leading conservative calls for more immigrant naturalisation

Leading conservative calls for more immigrant naturalisation

The president of Germany’s federal Parliament, Norbert Lammert, called on Sunday for the country to work together to raise the immigrant naturalisation rate, singling this out as the best path to greater integration.

Neuner takes silver in Olympics biathlon

Neuner takes silver in Olympics biathlon

German biathlete Magdelene Neuner missed out on gold by a narrow margin at the winter Olympics in Canada on Saturday, instead taking silver to give Germany its first medal.