World War II bomb found near major Hamburg bridge

World War II bomb found near major Hamburg bridge

A 250-kilogramme World War II-era bomb was discovered at a recycling centre close to an important cable-stayed bridge in Hamburg on Friday, forcing authorities to evacuate the area for recovery efforts.

Stasi checks for public servants extended

Stasi checks for public servants extended

Candidates for government jobs, including elected office, now face Stasi background checks until 2019 under a government plan revealed on Friday.

Bayern Munich extends top-scoring Thomas Müller’s contract

Bayern Munich extends top-scoring Thomas Müller’s contract

Bayern Munich have rewarded Germany international Thomas Müller, top scorer at the World Cup with five goals, with an improved two year contract extension, the Bundesliga champions announced on Friday.

German broadcasters to set up free internet TV

German broadcasters to set up free internet TV

Germany’s two biggest commercial broadcasters, ProSiebenSat.1 and RTL, are establishing a free internet service that allows viewers to legally stream television shows, news and movies, they announced Friday.

Bavaria’s ‘Porno Island’ set for a clean-up

Bavaria’s ‘Porno Island’ set for a clean-up

Sex thrill-seekers have been descending on a lake area near the Bavarian town of Senden in such numbers that locals have dubbed the recreational spot “Porno Island” – forcing embarrassed authorities to take action.

Afghan politician calls German air strike payouts ‘laughable’

Afghan politician calls German air strike payouts ‘laughable’

The former Afghan Commerce Minister on Friday called Germany’s compensation for families of victims who died in last year’s deadly Kunduz air strike “laughable,” saying that the $5,000 was insignificant.

Allianz Q2 profit takes a dive

Allianz Q2 profit takes a dive

The German insurance giant Allianz said on Friday that its second-quarter net profit plunged by 45.6 percent from the same period a year earlier to €1.02 billion.

SPD and Greens have majority, poll finds

SPD and Greens have majority, poll finds

The political mood in Germany continues to lean leftward, with the latest disastrous poll for the centre-right government revealing on Friday that the opposition Social Democrats and Greens would have a majority for the first time since 2002.

Germany’s super-rich urged to follow US billionaires’ lead

Germany’s super-rich urged to follow US billionaires’ lead

Following the pledge by 40 American billionaires to give away at least half their wealth to humanitarian causes, centre-left politicians suggested Friday that Germany’s super-rich might consider doing the same.

Coalition fight brews over preventive detention

Coalition fight brews over preventive detention

Moves by the government to maintain the controversial practice of preventative detention for dangerous criminals are being blocked by members of its own coalition, the Free Democrats, setting the stage for another internal government brawl.