Lynxes clawing back a bit of German wilderness

Lynxes clawing back a bit of German wilderness

Go for a walk in the wooded Harz region and you could end up face-to-face with a wild lynx. Hannah Cleaver reports on the efforts to reintroduce the tuft-eared cats to German forests.

Merkel: Greece expulsion from euro not an option

Merkel: Greece expulsion from euro not an option

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought Monday to calm fears that Berlin would block aid to debt-wracked Greece but stressed that Athens must produce a credible plan to reduce its deficits.

CDU chastens new Muslim minister for mooting school crucifix ban

CDU chastens new Muslim minister for mooting school crucifix ban

Just one day before taking her post, Lower Saxony’s new Social Minister Aygül Özkan has apologised to her fellow Christian Democrats for starting a heated political debate by suggesting that crucifixes don’t belong in German public schools.

East German message in a bottle sender meets boy finder

East German message in a bottle sender meets boy finder

An eastern German man who sent message in a bottle past the Iron Curtain decades ago has met with the young boy who recently found the missive floating in a canal near Göttingen.

GM to compensate Russia’s Sberbank for failed Opel deal

GM to compensate Russia’s Sberbank for failed Opel deal

Russian bank Sberbank reached a deal with GM on compensation it had claimed for losses incurred after the US auto giant dropped plans to sell its Opel unit, the companies said on Monday.

VW to invest €1.6 billion in China plants

VW to invest €1.6 billion in China plants

Volkswagen said Monday it would increase its investment in China by €1.6 billion ($2.1 billion) over the next two years, building two new production sites.

Sick days increase as economy improves

Sick days increase as economy improves

The number of Germans who call in sick to work has risen significantly since last year, new figures showed on Monday.

Integration official rejects call for school crucifix ban

Integration official rejects call for school crucifix ban

Germany’s Integration Commissioner Maria Böhmer on Monday rejected calls by Lower Saxony’s new social minister for a ban on crucifixes in schools, saying they were part of the country’s national identity.

Politicians bicker over police attacker penalties

Politicians bicker over police attacker penalties

With riots expected at the annual May Day festivities in Berlin and elsewhere, Germany's centre-right coalition government bickered on Monday over whether harsher punishments should be enacted against those who attack police officers.

Rain to follow sunny weekend

Rain to follow sunny weekend

A brief rainy period will end the weekend’s glorious springtime weather, but sunshine will soon follow later in the week, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.

Former Nazi death camps celebrate liberation anniversary

Former Nazi death camps celebrate liberation anniversary

As former Nazi concentration camps across Germany celebrate the 65th anniversary of their liberation, the number of survivors who remain to tell their story dwindles and camp museums are seeing a surge in visitors.