Court rules adulterous Church organist unfairly fired

Court rules adulterous Church organist unfairly fired

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Thursday found that an employee of the German Catholic Church dismissed for adultery had received inadequate treatment by German courts.

Deutsche Bahn starts €330-million quality campaign

Deutsche Bahn starts €330-million quality campaign

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn plans to put €330 million towards improving its service quality over the next five years, CEO Rüdiger Grube announced on Thursday.

ThyssenKrupp abandons Iran

ThyssenKrupp abandons Iran

ThyssenKrupp on Thursday became Germany's latest corporate giant to announce it was pulling out of Iran as part of Western pressure on the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme.

Reunification ‘solidarity tax’ stays for now, high court rules

Reunification ‘solidarity tax’ stays for now, high court rules

Just ahead of the 20th anniversary of German reunification, the country’s top court on Thursday rejected an attempt to abolish the long-term use of the “solidarity tax,” which was introduced to fund reconstruction of its formerly communist eastern half.

Westerwelle wants UN seat for disarmament

Westerwelle wants UN seat for disarmament

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Thursday that Berlin would make global disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation priorities should Germany gain a seat on the UN Security Council.

‘Monster’ truck makers flaunt green credentials

‘Monster’ truck makers flaunt green credentials

European drivers should be afraid, very afraid. If vehicle makers at a major trade fair opening in Germany on Thursday get their way, "monster trucks" are soon coming to the continent's motorways.

Filmmaker to post archive of Holocaust survivor interviews online

Filmmaker to post archive of Holocaust survivor interviews online

Prize-winning German documentary filmmaker Loretta Walz is making 50 of her interviews with female survivors of the Ravensbrück concentration camp available on the internet this Friday.

What’s on in Germany: September 23 – 29

What’s on in Germany: September 23 – 29

This Week's Highlights: Goldfrapp comes to Cologne, Hamburg celebrates Paul Graham's photography, and a Bavarian Farmer's Market stretches for a mile in Munich.

Heaven and Earth: Gliding and hiking in the Rhön

Heaven and Earth: Gliding and hiking in the Rhön

The picturesque Rhön Mountain region is Germany’s mecca for gliders, but as Alannah Eames discovers, the surrounding UNESCO Biosphere Reserve offers plenty of great hiking and other activities.

Masked person throws ‘pie’ at Trittin

Masked person throws ‘pie’ at Trittin

Green party parliamentary group leader Jürgen Trittin fell victim to a pie attack during a podium discussion in Hannover on Wednesday night. City police have no leads on the masked perpetrator.

Von der Leyern defends welfare changes

Von der Leyern defends welfare changes

German Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday defended her proposed changes to the country’s Hartz IV welfare benefits against criticism from the opposition, which has said the plans are still too vague.

Steelworkers strike

Steelworkers strike

Steelworkers in northwestern Germany went on strike Thursday in an attempt to increase pressure on employers to provide raises and equal pay across the industry.

Dortmund takes second place as Schalke wins first game

Dortmund takes second place as Schalke wins first game

Dortmund moved up to second in the German Bundesliga Wednesday, hammering Kaiserslautern 5-0 while bottom side Schalke 04 ended their point famine with a 2-1 victory at Freiburg.