Oktoberfest all over the world

Oktoberfest all over the world

Beer in Palestine? Oompah music in Ho Chi Minh City? With Munich’s legendary beer bash Oktoberfest about to celebrate its 200th anniversary, Ben Knight takes a look at the impact of Bavaria’s cultural juggernaut around the world.

Berlin’s Natural History museum celebrates 200th jubilee

Berlin’s Natural History museum celebrates 200th jubilee

The Berlin Museum of Natural History celebrates 200 years of scientific innovation this month with the inauguration of its restored east wing, destroyed by Allied bombs, and a special exhibition full of remarkable rarities.

Immigrant entrepreneurs to create 150,000 jobs in 2010

Immigrant entrepreneurs to create 150,000 jobs in 2010

Entrepreneurs with foreign roots will likely create 150,000 jobs in Germany this year, according to the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).

Germany says Basel III capital rules no risk to bank lending

Germany says Basel III capital rules no risk to bank lending

Germany rejected on Monday fears that proposed new global banking rules would create a new credit squeeze and sought to soothe concerns about the country's stricken public lenders.

German speakers marginalised in new EU diplomatic corps

German speakers marginalised in new EU diplomatic corps

A conservative German politician is reportedly fuming that the European Union's new diplomatic corps apparently sees little use for the language of Goethe and Schiller, preferring instead English and French skills.

Doubts emerge within SPD as decision on Sarrazin expulsion looms

Doubts emerge within SPD as decision on Sarrazin expulsion looms

Doubts are reportedly growing among Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) about whether to expel outgoing Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin from the party following his incendiary comments about race and immigration.

East closes gaps 20 years after reunification

East closes gaps 20 years after reunification

Twenty years after German reunification, the former communist eastern half of the country is slowly closing the gap economically with the west but has some way to go, according to a new study.

Deadbeat parents should be fined, FDP politician says

Deadbeat parents should be fined, FDP politician says

'Reluctant' parents should be penalised for not disciplining their children and making sure they stay in school, general secretary for the pro-business Free Democrats Christian Lindner said on Monday.

Police union calls for Stuttgart 21 backup

Police union calls for Stuttgart 21 backup

Baden-Württemberg urgently needs police reinforcements from neighbouring states and federal forces to handle growing protests of the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail expansion project, the German Police Union (DPOLG) said Monday.

Kachelmann trial delayed again

Kachelmann trial delayed again

The trial against Germany's high-profile TV weatherman Jörg Kachelmann was suspended for a second time on Monday, less than an hour after it had resumed one week following the defence's unsuccessful demand for the top judges to be recused.