Merkel nominates Wulff for president

Merkel nominates Wulff for president

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition on Thursday nominated Lower Saxony’s premier Christian Wulff to be Germany’s next president.

Aigner unfriends Facebook

Aigner unfriends Facebook

German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner said Thursday she was deleting her Facebook account in protest because the social networking site's new privacy settings announced last week do not go far enough.

Schäuble moots hiking ‘solidarity’ tax to help rescue budget

Schäuble moots hiking ‘solidarity’ tax to help rescue budget

As the German government scrambles to rein in the ballooning deficit, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has reportedly proposed a hike in so-called 'solidarity' surcharge - the unpopular reunification tax.

States aim to block cuts to solar energy subsidies

States aim to block cuts to solar energy subsidies

A majority of Germany’s 16 states are set to block the federal government’s planned cuts to solar energy subsidies in the upper house of parliament on Friday.

Talk turns to Christian Wulff for president

Talk turns to Christian Wulff for president

Lower Saxony premier Christian Wulff has replaced Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen as the favourite to become Germany's new president after an abrupt shift in the feverish speculation about the post, media outlets reported Thursday.

Thousands of WWII bombs found on sunken German ship

Thousands of WWII bombs found on sunken German ship

Russian authorities have found a sunken German ship in the Baltic Sea with more than 10,000 World War II-era munitions aboard, an emergency official said on Thursday.

Paraffin spill pollutes Baltic beaches

Paraffin spill pollutes Baltic beaches

Clean-up crews are taking to beaches in the state of Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania to remove clumps of paraffin that leaked into the Baltic Sea from an unknown source, German maritime authorities said on Thursday.

Persecuted by the Nazis, former Berliners visit their hometown

Persecuted by the Nazis, former Berliners visit their hometown

A programme offering people persecuted by the Nazis a chance to visit their former hometown Berlin is slowly winding down. Julia Lipkins speaks with some of the last survivors.

Heavy rains threaten Bavaria with flooding

Heavy rains threaten Bavaria with flooding

As floodwaters recede in northeast Germany, heavy rains in the south have raised flood alarms to their highest level in Bavaria on Thursday, the state environmental authority said.

What’s on in Germany: June 3 – 9

What’s on in Germany: June 3 – 9

This Week's Highlights: Art studios open to the public in Cologne, it's culture night in Hamburg, and there's opera for all in Berlin.

Summer temperatures finally on the way

Summer temperatures finally on the way

After the grey and chilly weather of recent weeks, summertime temperatures will slowly arrive in Germany over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Thursday.

‘Grand coalition’ talks break down in Rhineland

‘Grand coalition’ talks break down in Rhineland

Talks between the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) to form a so-called “grand coalition” in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia ended without an agreement late on Wednesday night, leaving the future of the state government unclear.

Ballack urged to retire from national team

Ballack urged to retire from national team

Injured Germany captain Michael Ballack has been urged to retire from international football by Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß and forget about leading the national team at Euro 2012.