Man fired for charging scooter with employer’s electricity

Man fired for charging scooter with employer’s electricity

A North Rhine-Westphalia state labour court this week will address a case brought by a man fired for using a company power outlet to charge his electric scooter, which cost the firm just €0.018.

Inquiry exonerates police in Love Parade tragedy

Inquiry exonerates police in Love Parade tragedy

A legal inquiry released Wednesday puts blame for the Love Parade tragedy that left 21 people dead squarely with the city of Duisburg and the event’s organisers, who have claimed the police exacerbated the crowd problems.

Löw defends new Real duo against Mourinho gripe

Löw defends new Real duo against Mourinho gripe

Germany coach Joachim Löw has leapt to the defence of Real Madrid's new boys Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil after their club coach Jose Mourinho grumbled about the German pair's lack of Spanish.

Eurovision winner Lena lands Opel advertising deal

Eurovision winner Lena lands Opel advertising deal

Opel has reportedly enlisted the help of Germany’s sparkling 2010 Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena Meyer-Landrut for a new advertising campaign meant to burnish the ailing carmaker's frumpy image.

Merkel’s cabinet backs tough austerity package

Merkel’s cabinet backs tough austerity package

Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet signed off Wednesday on a hefty austerity package that critics say will hit the poorest hardest and could endanger Germany and therefore Europe's economic recovery.

Germans ready to make babies

Germans ready to make babies

A growing number of Germans want children, intensifying demands for government assistance to improve the balance between work and family, according to a new study from the Family Ministry.

Ballack to remain Germany team captain

Ballack to remain Germany team captain

Joachim Löw, coach of Germany's national football team, confirmed Wednesday that veteran midfielder Michael Ballack will remain his first-choice captain despite being left out of their opening Euro 2012 qualifying games.

‘Dead Willi’ on UK flight makes it back to Berlin

‘Dead Willi’ on UK flight makes it back to Berlin

The bizarre story of a German woman arrested trying to fly her dead husband home from England on easyJet in April has had a happy ending of sorts, a newspaper report said Wednesday.

Politicians demand airlines provide more leg room

Politicians demand airlines provide more leg room

German politicians on Wednesday called for airlines to provide passengers with more leg room to insure their security and health, in addition to justifying rising ticket prices, a media report said on Wednesday.

Rail passenger group calls for end to Stuttgart 21

Rail passenger group calls for end to Stuttgart 21

An advocacy group for German train passengers said on Wednesday the controversial plans to revamp Stuttgart’s main station could still be aborted in light of continuing protests against the mammoth rail project.

Up to €500 million in tax cuts on the way

Up to €500 million in tax cuts on the way

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition will likely reduce the tax burden for citizens by up to €500 million as part of its plan to simplify the German fiscal system, a media report said on Wednesday.

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