Officials blame parade organiser for stampede

Officials blame parade organiser for stampede

The Love Parade organiser bears responsibility for the mass panic that left 21 people dead at Saturday's event in Duisburg, the interior minister for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia said Wednesday.

Nazi death camp guard charged with murder

Nazi death camp guard charged with murder

German prosecutors said Wednesday they had charged an elderly former Nazi death camp guard with helping to murder 430,000 Jews and Roma Gypsies in World War II.

Reclusive billionaire co-founder of discount chain Aldi dies at 88

Reclusive billionaire co-founder of discount chain Aldi dies at 88

Theo Albrecht, the billionaire co-founder of budget supermarket empire Aldi, last seen in public after his release from kidnap nearly 40 years ago, has died at age 88, the firm said Wednesday.

Green BMW ad slammed as ‘misleading’

Green BMW ad slammed as ‘misleading’

Britain has banned a “misleading” BMW advertisement that claimed the German firm’s new electric car offered “100 percent joy, zero percent emissions,” the nation’s advertising watchdog announced Wednesday.

Woman’s death takes Love Parade toll to 21

Woman’s death takes Love Parade toll to 21

The death toll from Saturday’s Love Parade crush has risen again with a 25-year-old German woman succumbing to injuries overnight, bringing the number of dead to 21, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

The right to tap water

The right to tap water

Lead pipes, snobbery or just plain stinginess: why is it so difficult to get a glass of tap water in a Berlin? Viktoria Larsson attempts to quench her thirst for Berlin’s English-language magazine Exberliner.

DNA tests to reveal secrets of the ‘iceman’

DNA tests to reveal secrets of the ‘iceman’

German scientists are helping decode the genome of the 5,300-year-old Tyrolean “iceman” Ötzi, which could answer the tantalising question of whether he has living descendants, it was revealed this week.

Tap or bottle: How clean is our drinking water?

Tap or bottle: How clean is our drinking water?

Germans may love their bottled water, but it turns out their tap water is just as good, if not better. Tobias Jochum spoke with the establishment, a connoisseur and a purist for Berlin’s English-language magazine Exberliner.

Police seize ‘ancient’ bus after 1.8 million kilometres

Police seize ‘ancient’ bus after 1.8 million kilometres

Berlin police have impounded an “ancient” Latvian tour bus they found creaking along the streets of the capital with a whopping 1.8 million kilometres on the odometer, they announced Wednesday.

Merkel’s conservatives still haven’t hit rock bottom

Merkel’s conservatives still haven’t hit rock bottom

The plunge in support for Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats appears to be endless, with the leading Forsa poll showing on Wednesday the party’s support had fallen below 30 percent for the first time in a decade.

Gay German theologian lashes Catholic Church

Gay German theologian lashes Catholic Church

A leading German theologian has been barred from the prestigious papal academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas after admitting he was gay, media reported Wednesday.

First Love Parade report to be released today

First Love Parade report to be released today

The organisers of the Love Parade at which 20 people were crushed to death in a stampede will face intense pressure Wednesday with the release of an interim government assessment that reportedly blames them squarely for the deaths.