Balmy summer highs expected throughout the weekend

Balmy summer highs expected throughout the weekend

Summer isn’t over quite yet, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Friday. While the weekend will be a mixed affair, temperatures will at least remain warm across the country.

Paul the octopus picks England to host 2018 World Cup

Paul the octopus picks England to host 2018 World Cup

Paul the octopus, the German oracle of the World Cup in South Africa, has become an official ambassador for England’s bid to host the tournament in 2018, organisers said Friday.

Lambs likely killed by wolves in Brandenburg

Lambs likely killed by wolves in Brandenburg

German farmers have been warned to get used to living with wolves after 15 lambs were killed and another 20 animals were severely injured in an attack in Brandenburg this month.

Stuttgart braces for huge rail project protest

Stuttgart braces for huge rail project protest

Opponents of the controversial revamp of Stuttgart's main train station said Friday they hoped at least 20,000 people would take part in a protest later in the day.

Bundesbank’s Weber says ECB to hold course into 2011

Bundesbank’s Weber says ECB to hold course into 2011

Bundesbank chief Axel Weber indicated Friday the European Central Bank would pursue relaxed monetary policies into 2011 while suggesting he might not be a "diplomatic" ECB head.

Opposition to planned nuclear tax grows

Opposition to planned nuclear tax grows

Some 40 German bosses and economic figures lashed out Friday at a government proposal to tax nuclear energy production, warning it would hamper investment in Europe's biggest economy.

Court rules no automatic dismissal for civil servants with child porn

Court rules no automatic dismissal for civil servants with child porn

A German court has ruled that the private possession of child pornography is not automatically grounds for dismissal of teachers and other public officials.

Navy training ship Gorch Fock sets sail for South America

Navy training ship Gorch Fock sets sail for South America

The German Navy’s legendary three-mast barque the “Gorch Fock” set sail on Friday on what’s expected to be its longest training mission ever.

Most Germans reluctant to donate to Pakistan

Most Germans reluctant to donate to Pakistan

The majority of Germans don’t want to donate to aid efforts in Pakistan despite the increasingly dire floods endangering millions of people there, a poll revealed on Friday.

Business groups want holidays cut for growth

Business groups want holidays cut for growth

Two leading business associations recommended on Friday that Germany reduce holiday time for employees from six weeks to four or five, in order to bolster growth.

Magath threatens to quit Schalke over criticism from fans

Magath threatens to quit Schalke over criticism from fans

On the eve of the new Bundesliga season, Schalke coach Felix Magath threatened on Thursday to quit the title contenders after being repeatedly criticised by the club’s fans.