The bridges of a meddlesome canton

The bridges of a meddlesome canton

A squabble over a historic overpass that turns the phrase, “Building bridges between nations,” on its head was finally resolved Friday.

Weekend weather friendly in the west, rainy in the east

Weekend weather friendly in the west, rainy in the east

The weekend weather will look very different depending on whether residents are in eastern or western regions. While sunshine and pleasant temperatures are expected in the west, it will be rainy and cooler in the east, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Defendant incriminates Deutsche Telekom boss in illegal search

Defendant incriminates Deutsche Telekom boss in illegal search

The Deutsche Telekom spying trial took a dramatic turn on its opening day Friday when the main accused, Klaus Trzeschan, made a partial admission and incriminated the company’s then boss Kai-Uwe Ricke.

Court approves Karstadt deal, saving 25,000 jobs

Court approves Karstadt deal, saving 25,000 jobs

The future of Germany's Karstadt, Europe's third-largest department store chain, appeared to be secured Friday as a court approved its acquisition by a billionaire investor, safeguarding 25,000 jobs.

Police exonerate elephant for throwing woman across field

Police exonerate elephant for throwing woman across field

Police on Friday blamed a Jena woman for getting herself thrown across a field by a hungry elephant last week, saying she had come too close to the circus animal.

Two-thirds of Germans disagree with Sarrazin

Two-thirds of Germans disagree with Sarrazin

Nearly two-thirds of Germans disagree with controversial central banker Thilo Sarrazin’s claim that rampant immigration is making Germany “dumber,” a poll released Friday has found.

Police patrol for hooligans ahead of Euro 2012 clash

Police patrol for hooligans ahead of Euro 2012 clash

With Germany's opening Euro 2012 qualifier against Belgium taking place on Friday night, German police have been searching trains bound for Brussels in a bid to prevent known hooligans from travelling.

Doctor shortage reaching crisis, study warns

Doctor shortage reaching crisis, study warns

Germany’s worsening doctor shortage means there could be 7,000 fewer general practitioners by 2020 than there are today, two peak medical bodies warned Friday.

New rabbis signal Jewish renaissance in Germany

New rabbis signal Jewish renaissance in Germany

Judaism is making a comeback in Germany 65 years after the Holocaust, thanks largely to immigration from the former Soviet Union, as shown by this week’s ordination of two rabbis in the eastern city of Leipzig.

Deal to keep Karstadt alive moves closer

Deal to keep Karstadt alive moves closer

The prospects for 25,000 employees at the beleaguered department store chain Karstadt are looking brighter after it emerged Thursday night that negotiators were close to striking a deal on reduced rent on the chain’s properties.

Germany faces big expectations in Euro 2012 qualifier

Germany faces big expectations in Euro 2012 qualifier

Germany faces Belgium on Friday with coach Joachim Löw expecting three points from his team's opening Euro 2012 qualifier as the Germans look to build on their momentum from the World Cup.

Sarrazin sparks calls for new integration debate

Sarrazin sparks calls for new integration debate

With President Christian Wulff expected to announce soon the dismissal of central banker Thilo Sarrazin over inflammatory race and immigration comments, leading politicians called on Friday for a renewed integration debate.