Language group slams Deutsche Telekom for English terms

Language group slams Deutsche Telekom for English terms

A group promoting German linguistic purity published an open letter on Wednesday to the head of Deutsche Telekom, lambasting the company for its rampant use of English terms.

Kraft takes power in North Rhine-Westphalia

Kraft takes power in North Rhine-Westphalia

Social Democrat Hannelore Kraft has been elected premier of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), sealing her minority centre-left government rule in Germany’s most populous state.

IKB bank boss convicted for accounting cover-up

IKB bank boss convicted for accounting cover-up

A court handed a former head of IKB bank, the first German casualty of the global financial meltdown, a suspended prison sentence on Wednesday for covering up losses from the US subprime crisis.

Tornado warnings issued as heat wave continues

Tornado warnings issued as heat wave continues

The German Weather Service (DWD) on Wednesday issued a tornado warning for northern and western Germany, as severe storms cling to the tail of the heat wave moving across the country.

Credit Suisse raided in tax fraud probe

Credit Suisse raided in tax fraud probe

German prosecutors on Wednesday raided 13 branches of the Swiss bank Credit Suisse in connection with an investigation into widespread tax evasion.

XXX-ray calendar titillates German radiologists

XXX-ray calendar titillates German radiologists

A German advertising agency is pushing the “beauty is skin deep” adage to the limit with a promotional calendar for radiologists featuring 12 “bone bunnies” – X-ray images of skeletal pin-up girls.

Bavaria offers access to rare books with mobile application

Bavaria offers access to rare books with mobile application

The Bavarian State Library this week released a free application for Apple’s iPhone and iPad offering users the ability to browse rare books including the Gutenberg Bible and precious medieval manuscripts.

Policeman wins a week’s holiday for time spent donning uniform

Policeman wins a week’s holiday for time spent donning uniform

A policeman has earned himself seven extra days’ holiday by persuading a court this week that putting on and taking off his uniform should be included in his work shift.

Westerwelle urges quick end to conscription

Westerwelle urges quick end to conscription

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is pushing for a quick end to military service, which he said Wednesday could be scrapped before the next federal election in 2013.

Merkel blasts new Rhineland coalition

Merkel blasts new Rhineland coalition

As the new minority government in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) prepares to take power on Wednesday, conservative leaders including Chancellor Angela Merkel have launched scathing attacks on the centre-left coalition.

Intelligence agency to probe own Nazi past

Intelligence agency to probe own Nazi past

Germany’s top domestic intelligence agency is to delve into its own post-war history to examine the role played by former Nazis and war criminals in the agency’s early days, a Wednesday media report said.