Witness says S-Bahn murder victim hit first

Witness says S-Bahn murder victim hit first

A witness at the trial of the two youths who beat to death Dominik Brunner at a Munich S-Bahn station said on Thursday the victim threw the first punch, potentially making it difficult for prosecutors to pursue a murder conviction.

Airlines outraged over planned passenger departure tax

Airlines outraged over planned passenger departure tax

German airlines reacted angrily Thursday to details of a proposed new tax on passengers leaving the country's airports that could boost ticket prices for long-haul destinations by €26 ($33).

Siemens lands Russian train and turbine deals

Siemens lands Russian train and turbine deals

German engineering giant Siemens on Thursday signed deals worth several billion euros for the supply of trains and wind turbines to Russia, as the country embarks on a drive to modernise its outdated economy.

Oktoberfest goes back to the roots for 200th anniversary

Oktoberfest goes back to the roots for 200th anniversary

Organisers of Oktoberfest have announced that Munich's legendary beer festival will go back to its roots for its 200th anniversary this autumn.

Berlin, Paris and London call for deeper CO2 cuts

Berlin, Paris and London call for deeper CO2 cuts

Germany, France and Britain on Thursday jointly called for the European Union to deepen its planned reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions from 20 to 30 percent by 2020.

Doctor who killed UK patient could lose licence

Doctor who killed UK patient could lose licence

A doctor who killed an English patient with a massive morphine overdose is to face a “fit for practice” hearing that could mean he is finally stripped of his German licence, medical authorities confirmed Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: July 15 – 21

What’s on in Germany: July 15 – 21

This Week's Highlights: BMX in Cologne, short films in Frankfurt, and Schlager music takes over Hamburg.

Germany to hit EU deficit target a year early

Germany to hit EU deficit target a year early

Germany will meet its European Union deficit goals one year earlier than expected, new Finance Ministry projections showed on Thursday.

Russia identifies activist’s killer after prodding from Merkel

Russia identifies activist’s killer after prodding from Merkel

Just hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russia to ''find the truth'' about the murder of rights activist Natalya Estemirova, Russian authorities announced Thursday they had identified the killer.

Police demand tougher powers to fight child porn on web

Police demand tougher powers to fight child porn on web

Police are struggling to keep the internet clean of child pornography, with four out of 10 offending sites still accessible in Germany a week after they are posted, media reported Thursday.

Trains not equipped for heat wave: watchdog

Trains not equipped for heat wave: watchdog

Train travellers are in for an uncomfortable 10 days ahead, with rail authorities warning that Deutsche Bahn’s air conditioners are built only to cope with temperatures of up to 32 degrees, according to a Thursday media report.

‘I’m the captain,’ insists angry Ballack

‘I’m the captain,’ insists angry Ballack

German captain Michael Ballack hit back at his World Cup replacement Philipp Lahm Wednesday night, vowing in sharp tones he would stay on as the skipper despite Lahm's push to take over full-time.

Deadly storms batter western Germany

Deadly storms batter western Germany

One man was killed by a falling tree and Frankfurt airport had to be temporarily closed as fierce storms battered much of Germany on Wednesday night.