Medvedev starts Baltic gas pipeline construction

Medvedev starts Baltic gas pipeline construction

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday launched construction of the controversial Nord Stream gas pipeline that will link Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea and supply the European Union with gas.

Merkel mourns fallen Bundeswehr soldiers

Merkel mourns fallen Bundeswehr soldiers

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday paid her respects to three Bundeswehr soldiers who fell in battle against the Taliban last week, marking the first time a post-war German leader has attended such a memorial service.

UN climate talks in Bonn suffer early setbacks

UN climate talks in Bonn suffer early setbacks

Hopes of hoisting the UN process for tackling climate change out of the mire after December's flawed Copenhagen summit suffered early setbacks at talks in Bonn, Germany on Friday.

Air traffic controllers back strike

Air traffic controllers back strike

Germany’s air traffic controllers have decided to strike following failed negotiations with the country’s DFS air traffic authority, the group’s union GdF announced on Friday.

Munich’s makeshift Michael Jackson memorial sparks bitter row

Munich’s makeshift Michael Jackson memorial sparks bitter row

Michael Jackson fans in Munich want to erect a monument to their late idol. But the city’s authorities aren’t particularly keen and a temporary memorial faces constant sabotage.

Transport minister suggests autobahn ban on trucks passing

Transport minister suggests autobahn ban on trucks passing

Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer said Friday he wants to clean up traffic jams on German motorways, recommending that states institute a ban on passing for trucks on the autobahn.

Rebounding trade and weak euro boost exports

Rebounding trade and weak euro boost exports

German exports surged in February after sharp drop in January, official data showed on Friday, boosted by stronger global trade and a weaker euro.

Taliban attacks ahead of Bundeswehr funeral

Taliban attacks ahead of Bundeswehr funeral

Taliban insurgents attacked the Bundeswehr on Friday as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to attend a memorial service for three German soldiers killed last week in Afghanistan.

Cities beg for federal financial help

Cities beg for federal financial help

Many German cities and municipalities will go broke if the federal government does not help pay for social benefits programmes, the head of the German Association of Cities and Towns (DST) said on Friday.

Gloomy weekend weather expected

Gloomy weekend weather expected

The mild spring temperatures of the last week won’t stick around for the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday. A low front will bring cooler temperatures and cloud cover instead.

Bayern Munich hoping for historic treble

Bayern Munich hoping for historic treble

Fresh from a memorable triumph over Manchester United in the Champions League, German giants Bayern Munich will aim to stretch their lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with only five games to go.