FDP says Westerwelle criticism threatens democracy

FDP says Westerwelle criticism threatens democracy

As Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Friday against accusations of inappropriately promoting the business interests of friends and family, his political allies said such attacks were a threat to German democracy.

Vattenfall sells German power grid to Australian fund

Vattenfall sells German power grid to Australian fund

The Swedish energy group Vattenfall said on Friday it will sell its German high-tension power grid to Belgium's Elia and Australian investment fund IFM for €810 million ($1.1 billion).

Germany’s Sorbs celebrate Zapust festival

Germany’s Sorbs celebrate Zapust festival

The Sorbs, Germany’s small Slavic minority, recently celebrated Zapust, an important cultural festival in the Lausitz region near the Polish border. Photographer Penny Bradfield went to the village of Turnow near Cottbus to catch the spectacle.

Good and bad news for allergy sufferers this year

Good and bad news for allergy sufferers this year

Winter might have been brutally long in Germany this year, but allergy sufferers will benefit – sort of. Pollen isn't expected to begin plaguing people until two weeks later than normal, but the delay could make allergies much more intense.

Church to appoint child sex abuse watchdog

Church to appoint child sex abuse watchdog

The head of Germany's Catholic Church issued a new apology to victims of paedophile priests as he met the pope Friday and announced the creation of a watchdog to counter abuses.

VW to jump-start Chinese electric car market

VW to jump-start Chinese electric car market

German carmaker Volkswagen is reportedly aiming to offer electric vehicles for the booming Chinese market within the next three years.

Crisis-hit Iceland and Greece target German tourists

Crisis-hit Iceland and Greece target German tourists

Some Germans might be known as finicky and demanding travellers, but crisis-hit European countries like Greece and Iceland are targeting Teutonic tourists in hopes of easing their economic woes.

Top exec salaries remain high despite crisis

Top exec salaries remain high despite crisis

Germany’s top business executives last year brought home handsome paycheques worth only marginally less than what they earned before the country's worst recession since World War II.

Heavy fog and snow cause huge autobahn pile-up in Bavaria

Heavy fog and snow cause huge autobahn pile-up in Bavaria

Police in Bavaria reported that up to 170 vehicles were involved in a massive accident on the A8 motorway on Friday morning, as a spring snowstorm and thick fog created dangerous road conditions throughout the southern state.

Nazi wreck puts Berlin at odds with salvager

Nazi wreck puts Berlin at odds with salvager

The Admiral Graf Spee, the German "pocket battleship" scuttled to Uruguay in 1939, is caught in the middle of a struggle between the businessman salvaging it and the German government, which wants to prevent its commercialization.