Germans hit by flu and fitness worries ahead of match for third

Germans hit by flu and fitness worries ahead of match for third

Germany's squad have been hit by a flu virus and have worries over the fitness of star striker Miroslav Klose ahead of Saturday's World Cup third place play-off against Uruguay.

Parents give schools bad marks for fairness

Parents give schools bad marks for fairness

More than half of German parents feel their country’s school system is unjust, a new survey published on Friday revealed.

BMW and Daimler planning electric city scooters

BMW and Daimler planning electric city scooters

German luxury carmakers BMW and Daimler are moving into new territory, developing city-friendly scooters that operate on battery power, a media report said on Friday.

Paul the ‘psychic’ octopus predicts wins for Germany and Spain

Paul the ‘psychic’ octopus predicts wins for Germany and Spain

The cephalopod oracle has spoken. Germany will beat Uruguay in the third-place play-off on Saturday and Spain will defeat the Netherlands in the World Cup final on Sunday, according to the "psychic" octopus Paul, who has an unblemished record in picking winners this tournament.

Jasmine scent could replace Valium, scientists discover

Jasmine scent could replace Valium, scientists discover

Instead of taking sleeping pills or mood-enhancing pharmaceuticals, people should try a whiff of jasmine, which is molecularly similar to drugs like Valium, according to new research published by German scientists this week.

Football coach Löw reportedly set to continue with new contract

Football coach Löw reportedly set to continue with new contract

Germany coach Joachim Löw will be handed a new contract as a reward for guiding the national football team to the World Cup semi-finals, the Bild newspaper reported on Friday.

Berlin: Belt-tightening won’t hit Afghan mission

Berlin: Belt-tightening won’t hit Afghan mission

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Friday his country's proposed austerity measures would not affect its military presence in Afghanistan where it is the third-largest contributor of troops.

Rail accidents leave one youth dead, four others injured

Rail accidents leave one youth dead, four others injured

Two teenagers were hit by a high speed train while allegedly spraying graffiti on Friday in Brandenburg. The deadly accident followed another rail-related mishap in Cologne where three youths were electrocuted at a train yard.

Sick leave for psychological problems at record high

Sick leave for psychological problems at record high

The number of Germans missing work due to psychological problems reached a new record last year, according to a health insurance study released on Friday.

Farmers fear for crops as summer heat continues

Farmers fear for crops as summer heat continues

This summer’s hot and dry weather has German farmers fearing for the health of their harvest, president of the National Union of Farmers (DBV) said on Friday.