Ballack unlikely to play again in 2010

Ballack unlikely to play again in 2010

Germany captain Michael Ballack is not expected to play football again in 2010 after it was revealed on Wednesday his knee injury is worse than first thought.

Germany criticises terrorism travel warnings

Germany criticises terrorism travel warnings

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere hit out Wednesday at travel warnings for visitors to Europe issued because of the risk of al-Qaida attacks, saying such tactics helped "terrorists" spread fear.

Daimler to launch Smart brand in US

Daimler to launch Smart brand in US

German automaker Daimler and US partner Penske Automotive Group said Wednesday they would launch a five-door Smart model based on a Nissan platform in the United States by 2012.

Bundesbank warns of forex manipulation

Bundesbank warns of forex manipulation

The German Bundesbank weighed into the simmering currency dispute between the United States and China on Wednesday, warning against the harmful effects of exchange rate manipulation.

Bayreuth festival cancels invitation to Israeli orchestra

Bayreuth festival cancels invitation to Israeli orchestra

Germany's Bayreuth Festival has withdrawn an invitation for an Israeli orchestra to play at its annual Richard Wagner gathering over fears it would create a backlash in the Jewish state, an Israeli newspaper said on Wednesday.

Major football match-fixing trial begins

Major football match-fixing trial begins

Four suspected ringleaders of what is believed to be European football's biggest fraud scandal went on trial in Germany on Wednesday, accused of fixing more than thirty matches across Europe.

Greens overtake SPD as strongest opposition

Greens overtake SPD as strongest opposition

The Greens' claim to being Germany’s main opposition party was bolstered on Wednesday by a new poll putting them ahead of the centre-left Social Democrats for the first time ever.

Boy arrested for series of sexual assaults against joggers

Boy arrested for series of sexual assaults against joggers

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a series of joggers over the last several months, Bavarian police announced on Wednesday.

Drivers face crackdown on winter tyres

Drivers face crackdown on winter tyres

German drivers will be forced to make sure they have proper tyres for driving in mud and snow this winter after Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer announced a safety crackdown on Wednesday.

Injured Stuttgart 21 protestor could stay blind

Injured Stuttgart 21 protestor could stay blind

The man whose bleeding eyes shocked Germany in the wake of last week’s clash between Stuttgart 21 protestors and police has been identified as 66-year-old Dietrich Wagner. The pensioner was hit full in the face by a water cannon blast.

World’s biggest book fair begins in Frankfurt

World’s biggest book fair begins in Frankfurt

The 62nd annual Frankfurt Book Fair kicked off on Wednesday, honouring literature from Argentina and focusing on the digital and multimedia innovations that are rapidly transforming the industry.

Bayer develops ‘vaginal atrophy’ drug

Bayer develops ‘vaginal atrophy’ drug

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer is developing a kind of female Viagra in the form of a new treatment for post-menopausal women experiencing vaginal atrophy that can lead to sexual dysfunction.

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Rebtel: connecting the world through cheap long-distance calls

Rebtel is a Swedish VoIP company that strives to make international calls and text messages cheaper around the world.

Drone strike kills key militant planning European attacks

Drone strike kills key militant planning European attacks

A United States drone strike in Pakistan has killed the key militant being groomed to lead attacks against Germany and other European countries, British media reported Wednesday.

Germany to end ‘nuclear sharing’ with US

Germany to end ‘nuclear sharing’ with US

Germany has moved a step closer to ridding its soil of atomic weapons, bowing out of the “nuclear sharing” agreement under which its fighter jets can be used to drop US bombs, media reported on Wednesday.

Binge drinking worse among girls

Binge drinking worse among girls

Dangerous drinking among youths, long thought to be predominantly a problem for boys, is actually more common for girls, a study has found.