Mind-reading computers turn heads at CeBIT

Mind-reading computers turn heads at CeBIT

Devices allowing people to write letters or play pinball using just the power of their brains have become a major draw at Hannover's high-tech CeBIT fair this week.

Daimler’s Zetsche asks Berlin and Brussels to subsidise electric cars

Daimler’s Zetsche asks Berlin and Brussels to subsidise electric cars

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on Thursday urged the EU Commission and the German government to provide financial assistance in the development of energy efficient electric cars.

Storm ‘Xynthia’ could cost Allianz €300 million

Storm ‘Xynthia’ could cost Allianz €300 million

The deadly Atlantic storm ‘Xynthia’ could end up costing German insurance giant Allianz €300 million after leaving a wake of destruction across Europe last weekend.

German MPs suggest cash-strapped Greece should sell islands

German MPs suggest cash-strapped Greece should sell islands

Greece should sell some of its uninhabited islands to raise cash to avoid bankruptcy, two German parliamentarians from Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition suggested on Thursday.

Munich hosts homosexual job fair

Munich hosts homosexual job fair

Europe’s first career fair for homosexuals comes to Munich this weekend. Moritz Honert from Der Tagesspiegel spoke with the founder of Milk 2010 about job prospects for gays and lesbians in Germany.

Sauerland cell Islamists jailed for anti-US plot

Sauerland cell Islamists jailed for anti-US plot

A Düsseldorf court on Thursday jailed members of the so-called Sauerland cell – four Islamic militants including two German converts – for a thwarted plot to attack US diplomats, soldiers and civilians.

Ikea launches line of prefabricated homes in Hesse

Ikea launches line of prefabricated homes in Hesse

The build-it-yourself Swedish furniture giant Ikea presented its “BoKlok” line of prefabricated houses in the state of Hesse with the guarantee there would be no assembly required.

What’s on in Germany: March 4 – 10

What’s on in Germany: March 4 – 10

This week's highlights: Joss Stone in Hamburg, the late artist Uwe Lausen in Frankfurt, and getting to know Queen Luise of Prussia in Berlin.

Family minister’s nursing care proposal assailed

Family minister’s nursing care proposal assailed

A proposal by German Family Minister Kristina Schröder to allow employees to reduce working hours for two years to care for ailing loved ones was met with widespread criticism on Thursday.

Rash withdrawal of US nukes poses dangers

Rash withdrawal of US nukes poses dangers

Security analysts warn Germany’s push for the removal of the US nuclear weapons from its soil could have dramatic strategic consequences, including inadvertently fuelling a Middle East arms race and reaffirming the need for US military might in Europe.

German tourist killed as giant waves batter cruise ship

German tourist killed as giant waves batter cruise ship

A 69-year-old German tourist was among two casualties that resulted from several giant waves that hit a cruise ship off the coast of Spain on Wednesday night, injuring up to 20 other passengers.

Argentina beats frustrated Germany 1-0

Argentina beats frustrated Germany 1-0

Diego Maradona's Argentinian all-stars left Germany with a lot to do between now and the World Cup, outclassing the home side at a friendly in Munich on Wednesday night to win 1-0 through a goal by Gonzalo Higuain.