East German death toll revised upwards

East German death toll revised upwards

Authorities in communist East Germany were responsible for the deaths of 1,393 people between 1961 and its demise in 1989, 46 more than previously thought, researchers said Wednesday.

August, nein Danke!

August, nein Danke!

Not much happens in Germany during the summer holidays in August. But that’s just enough to annoy Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for the British newspaper The Times.

Westerwelle won’t take partner to anti-gay lands

Westerwelle won’t take partner to anti-gay lands

Guido Westerwelle, Germany's first openly gay foreign minister, has announced he will not take his partner along on officials trips to countries where homosexuality is outlawed.

Deutsche Bank forced to keep communists’ accounts open

Deutsche Bank forced to keep communists’ accounts open

A court spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that the far-left Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) had forced financial behemoth Deutsche Bank to abandon legal proceedings to close the communist party's bank accounts.

Thor Steinar loses case against clothing brand mocking neo-Nazis

Thor Steinar loses case against clothing brand mocking neo-Nazis

A Nuremberg court on Wednesday rejected a complaint by clothing label Thor Steinar, a sartorial favourite in Germany's neo-Nazi scene, against satirical brand Storch Heinar, citing the right to free speech.

Dead dachshunds pay no bills

Dead dachshunds pay no bills

A Munich resident was recently billed for Germany's public broadcasting licence fees, but the authorities soon discovered there was a problem: “Bini” was a dachshund dead for the past five years.

EON presses Merkel on extending nuclear power

EON presses Merkel on extending nuclear power

German power giant EON posted mixed quarterly results on Wednesday and pressed Chancellor Angela Merkel to live up to her promise to extend the life of some of the country's nuclear plants.

Brandenburg flooding fears ease

Brandenburg flooding fears ease

The flood danger in the eastern state of Brandenburg continued to ease overnight, with water levels on the Neiße and Spree rivers dropping significantly, an official said Wednesday.

Suspect released in San Francisco tourist shooting

Suspect released in San Francisco tourist shooting

San Francisco police have announced they would not charge the 18-year-old suspect they had arrested for the shooting death of a German tourist over the weekend, saying they lacked evidence.

Finding family fun under the Feldberg

Finding family fun under the Feldberg

The Black Forest might sound like a spooky place to take children on holiday, but Rhea Wessel discovers her favourite wintertime retreat also offers plenty of family fun during the summer.

Beckenbauer assistant Osieck to coach Australia’s ‘Socceroos’

Beckenbauer assistant Osieck to coach Australia’s ‘Socceroos’

Franz Beckenbauer's former assistant Holger Osieck has surprisingly been named Australia's new football coach over a host of better-known candidates.

Leading economist calls for pensions at 70

Leading economist calls for pensions at 70

As Germany’s two major political parties slug it out over a hike in the pension age to 67, a leading economic institute has poured petrol on the debate by predicting the age will have to rise to 70.

Migrant birthrates falling in Germany, study finds

Migrant birthrates falling in Germany, study finds

Second generation immigrants in Germany are having fewer babies than their parents, a new study has revealed, denting the widely-held belief that migrant communities could be the nation’s fertility engines.

Debate heats up over Google Street View

Debate heats up over Google Street View

Internet giant Google’s plan to introduce its ''Street View'' to Germany has sparked a groundswell of debate about privacy, with one senior conservative politician complaining on Wednesday that the service would help burglars.