Anger burns a year after Cologne archive collapse

Anger burns a year after Cologne archive collapse

Cologne observed a minute’s silence Wednesday to remember the two men killed a year ago when the city’s historical archive collapsed, as recriminations and accusations over the incident continued to fly.

Cabinet backs cuts to solar power subsidy

Cabinet backs cuts to solar power subsidy

Owners of solar panels will no longer be guaranteed high prices for selling their electricity after Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet decided on Wednesday to cut consumer subsidies for solar power.

Potholes for sale in German village

Potholes for sale in German village

A cash-strapped village in eastern Germany has put its many potholes up for sale in a novel effort to finance the repair of its crumbling roads, the mayor of the Thuringia city said on Wednesday.

Winter returns for an encore

Winter returns for an encore

Don’t pack up those winter coats and mittens just yet, the German Weather Service (DWD) is forecasting more snow across much of the country this weekend.

Let’s keep our paws off Knut’s balls

Let’s keep our paws off Knut’s balls

Castrate Knut? Overzealous animal rights activists need to keep their paws off Berlin’s beloved polar bear, argues Bernd Matthies from Der Tagesspiegel.

Crane accident traps six near Halle

Crane accident traps six near Halle

A crane and 1,000-tonnes of scaffolding collapsed at a construction site south of Halle on Wednesday morning, temporarily trapping several workers and injuring 11 people, police said.

Adidas posts 62 percent profit plunge for 2009

Adidas posts 62 percent profit plunge for 2009

The German sportswear and equipment maker Adidas said on Wednesday that 2009 profit plunged by 62 percent during one of its most difficult years, but forecast some improvement in 2010.

Germany hoping to tame Maradona’s Argentina

Germany hoping to tame Maradona’s Argentina

Two World Cup favourites lock horns in Munich on Wednesday night as Diego Maradona's struggling Argentine side take on solid three-times champions Germany.

Every second young German ‘unfit’ for job training

Every second young German ‘unfit’ for job training

Almost half of Germany’s young adults are “not fit for training” and must complete remedial programmes before they can find an apprenticeship, according to a government report published on Wednesday.

Castrate Knut, say animal rights activists

Castrate Knut, say animal rights activists

An animal rights group called on Tuesday for Knut the polar bear, who shot to global stardom as a cub in 2007, to be castrated to avert incest with his cousin.

Web pirates won’t have internet cut off

Web pirates won’t have internet cut off

Internet pirates who repeatedly download illegally copied music, movies and other content will not have their internet service cut off in Germany, Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said Wednesday.

Business groups blast sluggish pace of reform

Business groups blast sluggish pace of reform

In signs of mounting frustration with the performance of Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition, leading business groups launched scathing attacks Wednesday on the slow pace of reform.