Development minister stokes foreign aid debate

Development minister stokes foreign aid debate

Development Minister Dirk Niebel once demanded his ministry be abolished. But the former paratrooper is earning applause for plans to streamline Berlin's foreign aid apparatus - and condemnation for his equivocal stance on how much Germany spends on the world's poorest.

Zoo opens Body Worlds anatomical exhibition for animals

Zoo opens Body Worlds anatomical exhibition for animals

The controversial Body Worlds creator Gunther von Hagens is bringing a new anatomical exhibition to the Neunkirchen Zoo in the state of Saarland. The show features some of the world’s largest animals preserved in various states of dissection using his famed plastination process.

Educational web game by Nestlé sparks privacy concerns

Educational web game by Nestlé sparks privacy concerns

A German educational foundation for reading faced criticism on Thursday for allowing food company Nestlé to collect information on children via an online learning game. But the group claims it was unaware of the practice.

Israeli drugmaker Teva buys Ratiopharm

Israeli drugmaker Teva buys Ratiopharm

Israeli pharma group Teva on Thursday said it would buy generic drugmaker Ratiopharm, formerly owned by a German billionaire who killed himself, for €3.6 billion ($4.9 billion).

Siemens plans 4,200 job cuts worldwide

Siemens plans 4,200 job cuts worldwide

German industrial giant Siemens announced on Thursday a broad restructuring of its SIS information technology division that includes the elimination of 4,200 jobs worldwide.

Leipzig Book Fair opens

Leipzig Book Fair opens

The Leipzig Book Fair opened its doors to the public on Thursday, emphasising young publishers among 2,071 exhibitors from 39 countries.

Hipp baby food turns to hip-replacement generation

Hipp baby food turns to hip-replacement generation

The German baby food firm Hipp has found a recipe for growth even as the nation’s birth rate stays low and its population ages – feeding its products to elderly adults.

What’s on in Germany: March 18 – 24

What’s on in Germany: March 18 – 24

This Week's Highlights: Joan Baez arrives in Düsseldorf, Romeo and Juliet take a turn through Munich, and there's lots of music in Berlin.

Guttenberg under fire for handling of Kunduz air strike affair

Guttenberg under fire for handling of Kunduz air strike affair

Opposition politicians attacked German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Thursday, saying he has made contradictory statements about his knowledge of the deadly Afghan air strike currently under review by a parliamentary commission.

Politicians call on government to save German shipbuilding

Politicians call on government to save German shipbuilding

Politicians from Germany’s coastal states on Thursday called on the government to help save the country's shipbuilding industry.

Second poker heist bandit arrested

Second poker heist bandit arrested

After a man turned himself in earlier this week a second suspect has been arrested for a heist on a high-stakes German poker tournament that netted the thieves nearly a quarter of a million euros, authorities said late on Wednesday.