Spain end Germany’s World Cup dream

Spain end Germany’s World Cup dream

A second-half goal from Spain's Carles Puyol ended Germany's dream of reaching the World Cup final, as the Iberians beat Die Mannschaft 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Cologne shopping street ranked Germany’s most popular

Cologne shopping street ranked Germany’s most popular

Cologne’s Schildergasse is the most popular shopping street in the country, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Germany to accept two Gitmo prisoners

Germany to accept two Gitmo prisoners

Germany has agreed to take in two Guantanamo Bay prisoners after months of wrangling over security concerns following a US request, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announced Wednesday.

World Cup row shooting suspect surrenders

World Cup row shooting suspect surrenders

A German man suspected of shooting two Italians in a pub in Hannover after a row about the World Cup has surrendered to authorities on the Spanish island of Majorca, police said Wednesday.

Berlin Fashion Week begins

Berlin Fashion Week begins

The Berlin Fashion Week begins on Wednesday as the German capital transforms itself into a giant catwalk for designers, models and fashion industry insiders for the next few days. But plenty of the events are also open to the public.

Space probe captures echoes of Big Bang

Space probe captures echoes of Big Bang

The smouldering heat left over from the universe’s creation has been captured in unprecedented detail by a deep space observatory behind which Germany is playing a driving role.

Banks’ €5 ATM fee cap rejected

Banks’ €5 ATM fee cap rejected

A €5 limit on cash machine withdrawal fees offered by banks amid intense criticism and government pressure was dismissed Wednesday by the competition watchdog as not good enough.

Scantily clad German men happy to bare their beer bellies

Scantily clad German men happy to bare their beer bellies

Germans aren't known for being particularly shy about nudity, but a new survey confirms what many people have unwillingly witnessed during the recent heat wave - scantily clad men proudly putting their bulging beer bellies on display in public.

Bundeswehr outlines cuts to military hardware

Bundeswehr outlines cuts to military hardware

Germany’s armed forces are planning deep cuts to their military hardware to save nearly €10 billion amid intense pressure from the government to rein in spending, the media reported Wednesday.

Lahm’s captaincy remarks raise hackles

Lahm’s captaincy remarks raise hackles

Hints of irritation plagued the German World Cup team ahead of its semi-final clash with Spain on Wednesday following skipper Philipp Lahm’s untimely announcement that he never wanted to hand the captaincy back to Michael Ballack.

Critics savage Rösler’s health reform plan

Critics savage Rösler’s health reform plan

The centre-right government’s health reform plan was blasted Wednesday by opposition parties, unions and insurers as a failure to tackle the deep problems with the health system that would burden the poorest.