Scientists prove humans bred with Neanderthals

Scientists prove humans bred with Neanderthals

For the first time ever, German scientists have drafted a genome sequence for the Neanderthal and believe their results show that the extinct hominid interbred with humans.

Profitable Commerzbank reassures on Greek debt

Profitable Commerzbank reassures on Greek debt

Germany's Commerzbank, hard hit by the financial crisis, announced on Thursday a return to quarterly profit and sought to reassure investors about its exposure to Greek debt.

Industrial orders surge as economy rebounds

Industrial orders surge as economy rebounds

Demand for German manufactured goods soared 5.0 percent in March driven by both domestic demand and exports, in a further sign of recovery in Europe's top economy, provisional figures showed Thursday.

Documenting the heart of Nazi terror

Documenting the heart of Nazi terror

On the eve of the 65th anniversary of the end to World War II in Europe, Berlin this Friday opens a sombre new museum documenting the heart of the Nazis' terror regime.

Sarkozy and Merkel push stricter eurozone rules

Sarkozy and Merkel push stricter eurozone rules

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called for a budget crackdown in the eurozone to protect its single currency on the eve a major summit on the European debt crisis.

Court rules against extra welfare payment for disabled kids

Court rules against extra welfare payment for disabled kids

Seriously disabled children of Hartz IV welfare benefits recipients have no right to additional benefits, Germany's Federal Social Court ruled Thursday.

Löw announces World Cup squad

Löw announces World Cup squad

German Coach Joachim Löw has selected seven players from Champions League finalists Bayern Munich for the World Cup squad including recalling veteran goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt.

HRE investors outraged as ‘fat cat’ banker sues

HRE investors outraged as ‘fat cat’ banker sues

Investors in one of Germany's biggest casualties of the banking crisis cried foul on Thursday as the former head of Hypo Real Estate sued for millions of euros (dollars) in lost salary and pension benefits.

No homicide charge for father of Winnenden killer

No homicide charge for father of Winnenden killer

The father of Tim Kretschmer, the teenager who shot dead 15 people at his former school in Winnenden last year, will not face charges of negligent homicide as previously expected, a court announced Thursday.

Air Berlin reveals scope of volcano damage

Air Berlin reveals scope of volcano damage

The knock-on damage to airlines because of last month’s volcano ash cloud over Europe is becoming clear after Germany’s second biggest carrier, Air Berlin, on Thursday revealed a sharp drop in the number of seats it filled in April.

What’s on in Germany: May 6 – 12

What’s on in Germany: May 6 – 12

This Week's Highlights: A new park opens at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport, Hamburg holds a big birthday bash for it's celebrated port, and Nathalie Merchant plays Cologne.

New Topography of Terror museum to open

New Topography of Terror museum to open

After two decades of planning, the new museum “Topography of Terror”, marking the site of the Nazi SS and Gestapo headquarters, will be unveiled on Thursday.

SPD refuses support for Greece package

SPD refuses support for Greece package

The opposition Social Democrats appeared set to deny the government support for the rescue package for Greece Thursday, blowing a hole in government hopes of bipartisanship on the controversial issue.

Police scramble after toy gun spotted at Merkel rally

Police scramble after toy gun spotted at Merkel rally

Three people were arrested after a woman holding what appears to have been a cap gun in an apartment window sparked a police operation during a North Rhine-Westphalia campaign speech by Angela Merkel on Wednesday night.