Guttenberg wants military reform by 2011

Guttenberg wants military reform by 2011

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg intends to get his planned reform of the armed services passed before the end of the year he said on Sunday – including the controversial axing of compulsory military service.

Hamburg artists celebrate success in saving squatted quarter

Hamburg artists celebrate success in saving squatted quarter

Artists who squatted the Gängeviertel area of central Hamburg invited visitors in over the weekend to celebrate the first anniversary of their deal with the city to preserve and develop the historic buildings.

Hoffenheim opens Bundesliga campaign with 4-1 win over Bremen

Hoffenheim opens Bundesliga campaign with 4-1 win over Bremen

Hoffenheim destroyed Werder Bremen 4-1 on Saturday in their opening Bundesliga season game, challenging Bayern Munich's claim to again being the team to beat after the Bavarians won against Wolfsburg on Friday.

Spectacular car crash near Reichstag only noticed hours later

Spectacular car crash near Reichstag only noticed hours later

A driver crashed his BMW at more than 100 kilometres an hour through a barrier near the Reichstag in Berlin, landing in the river on Friday night, swam to the side and walked away – without any security staff noticing, it emerged on Sunday.

Police make arrest in search for Sylt island arsonist

Police make arrest in search for Sylt island arsonist

A 46-year-old man was arrested on the North Sea island of Sylt on Saturday, suspected of being an arsonist who has set several fires recently, police have announced.

Germany’s bravest, baddest director Schlingensief dies

Germany’s bravest, baddest director Schlingensief dies

Christoph Schlingensief, one of Germany's most provocative theatre and film directors, died of lung cancer on Saturday, organisers of the Ruhr Triennale festival said. He was 49.