Harbouring architecture in Hamburg

Harbouring architecture in Hamburg

Hamburg’s HafenCity is one of the largest urban redevelopment projects in the world. Sally McGrane tagged along on a walking tour looking at the new architecture on the Elbe.

Siemens said to secure major Russian rail deal

Siemens said to secure major Russian rail deal

German industrial group Siemens has won a major contract from Russian Railways to be signed during a visit by Chancellor Angela Merkel this week, government sources in Berlin said Tuesday.

Scissor Sisters rejuvenated by Berlin’s nightlife

Scissor Sisters rejuvenated by Berlin’s nightlife

Jake Shears, the frontman of the New York disco-glam band Scissor Sisters, has turned to Berlin's legendary nightlife to find inspiration for the group's latest album.

Paul the octopus gets suspicious citizenship offer from Spain

Paul the octopus gets suspicious citizenship offer from Spain

Paul the prescient octopus who predicted Spain's World Cup victory will be declared an honorary citizen of a Spanish town whose main industry, ominously, is producing calamari.

BMW sales and profits roaring ahead

BMW sales and profits roaring ahead

The German luxury car maker BMW sharply hiked its 2010 forecast for sales and earnings on Tuesday, saying better conditions in global auto markets had boosted its outlook.

Munich S-Bahn murder trial starts

Munich S-Bahn murder trial starts

Two young men have admitted beating “Good Samaritan” Dominik Brunner at a Munich commuter train station but denied they meant to kill him at the opening of their murder trial on Tuesday.

New postal era beckons as official documents go electronic

New postal era beckons as official documents go electronic

Major German email providers are readying themselves for the new De-Mail system that will let users send letters and documents over the web that are just as legally binding as printed material delivered by post.

Nuclear power licences could be auctioned off

Nuclear power licences could be auctioned off

The lifespan of Germany’s nuclear reactors would be extended by auctioning off licences to energy suppliers under a plan being considered by the federal government, according to a Tuesday media report.

Catholic abbot returns to office despite abuse scandal

Catholic abbot returns to office despite abuse scandal

A German Benedictine Abbot who resigned in February amid the Catholic child abuse scandal for failing to properly report abuse accusations is already set to return to his former post, media reported Tuesday.

Toll mounts in ‘black wall’ storms

Toll mounts in ‘black wall’ storms

At least three people are now confirmed dead, and dozens injured, by the howling storms that hit northwestern Germany late Monday.