Guttenberg defends his Kunduz mistakes

Guttenberg defends his Kunduz mistakes

Facing a parliamentary inquiry into the Kunduz air strike on Thursday, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg admitted he made mistakes in the aftermath but insisted he was let down by advisors.

BMW to roll out electric cars by 2013 – two years early

BMW to roll out electric cars by 2013 – two years early

The world's leading luxury car maker, BMW, said Thursday it intends to launch its first all-electric urban vehicle in 2013, two years earlier than planned.

City invasion of ‘wallpeckers’ a boon for tradesmen

City invasion of ‘wallpeckers’ a boon for tradesmen

Berlin is suffering a rash of damage to housing walls, though not from the usual grafitti artists but from a handsome, and protected, bird – the woodpecker.

The downfall of the ‘Downfall’ mash-ups

The downfall of the ‘Downfall’ mash-ups

Over the last few years mash-up parodies of a scene from the Oscar-nominated film "Downfall" have been enduringly popular, but now the film’s German production company has demanded an end to the fun, media reports said this week.

Kidnapped Germans still missing in Nigeria, officials say

Kidnapped Germans still missing in Nigeria, officials say

Nigerian security agents are still searching for two Germans kidnapped at the weekend in the southeastern state of Abia, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

New Afghan plan poses more danger to troops

New Afghan plan poses more danger to troops

The head of the international forces in Afghanistan, US General Stanley McChrystal, has flagged continuing danger for German troops in the war-torn country, warning 2010 was shaping up as a “critical year.”

What’s on in Germany: April 22 – 28

What’s on in Germany: April 22 – 28

This week's highlights: A music festival in Cologne, a theatre festival in Frankfurt, a spring fair in Stuttgart, and Munich celebrates ballet.

Deutsche Bahn buys British transport operator Arriva

Deutsche Bahn buys British transport operator Arriva

Germany's national rail company Deutsche Bahn on Thursday said it had agreed to buy British transport operator Arriva for 1.585 billion pounds (€1.827 billion) in cash.

Government defends lengthy flight ban

Government defends lengthy flight ban

Government leaders in Germany scrambled on Thursday to defend the decisions taken over the past week to clear the skies because of the threat of volcanic ash, as airlines continued to resume their normal flight schedules.

Bayern wins 1-0 in Champs League semi

Bayern wins 1-0 in Champs League semi

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal praised his side for their 1-0 win over Lyon in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first-leg, as both sides finished with ten-men.

Bishop Mixa resigns

Bishop Mixa resigns

Embattled Bishop Walter Mixa tendered his resignation Wednesday in a letter to Pope Benedict, bowing to pressure over accusations that he beat children at a Catholic orphanage in the 1970s and 1980s.