Economic recovery picking up speed

Economic recovery picking up speed

The German economic recovery has accelerated in recent months, the central bank said Wednesday, fuelling expectation it could raise its growth forecast for Europe's biggest economy.

Oktoberfest hikes beer prices for 200th anniversary

Oktoberfest hikes beer prices for 200th anniversary

Germany's world-famous beer festival Oktoberfest said Wednesday that it has upped the price for its huge mugs of amber nectar to almost €9 for this year's 200th anniversary event.

Germany’s golden future

Germany’s golden future

With skittish Germans fearing the imminent collapse of the euro, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for the British newspaper The Times, decides it’s time to buy gold. Or sell it.

Bumbling repo men kidnap wrong woman

Bumbling repo men kidnap wrong woman

Stuttgart police on Wednesday said they had arrested a band of men working for a collection agency who allegedly kidnapped a woman and held her for more than a day before realising they’d snatched the wrong person.

Germany defends short-selling ban

Germany defends short-selling ban

Germany on Wednesday defended its decision last week to ban naked short selling, saying it wanted a "signal to markets" it will not tolerate "excessive speculation" regardless of international criticism.

World Cup rivals will be tough, injured Ballack warns

World Cup rivals will be tough, injured Ballack warns

Germany's injured captain Michael Ballack has warned his country's football fans against having high expectations for the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Euro crisis stokes inflation and debt fears

Euro crisis stokes inflation and debt fears

The eurozone’s Greek crisis has stoked German fears of impending inflation and crushing debt, according to a poll published on Wednesday.

BND spy jailed for passing secrets to gay Balkan lover

BND spy jailed for passing secrets to gay Balkan lover

A court in Munich on Wednesday jailed a former spy for the German BND intelligence service for more than two years for sharing top secret information with his boyfriend while working in Kosovo.

Poles, Romanians and Americans lead immigration to Germany

Poles, Romanians and Americans lead immigration to Germany

Poland, Romania and the United States were the largest sources of immigration to Germany last year, which surged by six percent according to official figures.

Volker Bouffier to replace Roland Koch as Hessian state premier

Volker Bouffier to replace Roland Koch as Hessian state premier

Following the surprise resignation by conservative Hesse state premier Roland Koch, the Christian Democratic (CDU) state parliamentary group has unanimously chosen Hessian Interior Minister Volker Bouffier to succeed him.

High water reaches Brandenburg early

High water reaches Brandenburg early

Floodwaters from Poland have arrived in eastern Germany earlier than expected, hitting the second-highest warning level and rising, officials said on Wednesday morning.

Merkel in Saudi Arabia for talks on Gulf tour

Merkel in Saudi Arabia for talks on Gulf tour

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with Saudi King Abdullah late on Tuesday after calling for Gulf nations to help press Iran over its nuclear drive, the official SPA news agency said.