Opposition MPs seek halt to expensive Stuttgart rail project

Opposition MPs seek halt to expensive Stuttgart rail project

German opposition lawmakers filed a motion in parliament Tuesday for work to stop on a huge rail project that they believe makes little sense and will go billions of euros over budget.

Ex-official: East German teen athletes doped

Ex-official: East German teen athletes doped

Teenage athletes were subjected to doping under communist East Germany's vast programme of steroid abuse, a leading former sports official has admitted in his new book.

Unpopular waterfront development plans still afloat in Berlin

Unpopular waterfront development plans still afloat in Berlin

Plans to develop desirable property along Berlin’s Spree River into a quarter for media companies has run into stiff opposition from residents fearing the city is selling out its unique spaces. Melanie Sevcenko reports.

Rape suspected among children at weight-loss camp

Rape suspected among children at weight-loss camp

German state prosecutors are investigating reports of rape and sexual abuse among children who were spending several weeks at a weight-loss clinic on the posh North Sea island of Sylt, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Investor confidence droops for fifth consecutive month

Investor confidence droops for fifth consecutive month

German investor confidence plunged this month to depths not seen since February 2009 on fears that Europe's biggest economy is facing stiff headwinds, the ZEW research institute said Tuesday.

FDP backs fast-tracked citizenship to spur integration

FDP backs fast-tracked citizenship to spur integration

The Free Democrats (FDP), Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners, reportedly want to speed the path to German citizenship for well-integrated immigrants, cutting the naturalisation process from eight to four years.

Bundeswehr soldier injured in bridge attack

Bundeswehr soldier injured in bridge attack

A German soldier was injured in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz in an attack by the Taliban on Tuesday, military authorities have confirmed.

Guttenberg slams ‘porn chic’ of female pop stars

Guttenberg slams ‘porn chic’ of female pop stars

Stephanie zu Guttenberg, the wife of German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, on Tuesday attacked the sexed-up, porn-influenced style of pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna and their potentially harmful influence on children.

Werder gunning for debutant Spurs

Werder gunning for debutant Spurs

Werder Bremen will be looking to spoil Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League debut on Tuesday, as both sides try to make do without key injured players.

Mummified baby found in cellar

Mummified baby found in cellar

A woman in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate has found the mummified body of a baby in her cellar, police said on Tuesday.

Sarrazin refuses to leave SPD despite pressure

Sarrazin refuses to leave SPD despite pressure

Outgoing Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin on Tuesday said he would not willingly leave the centre-left Social Democrats despite their misgivings over his controversial comments on race and immigration.