From cleaning woman to doctor: Brandenburg recruits foreign physicians

From cleaning woman to doctor: Brandenburg recruits foreign physicians

As a noisy debate about immigration grips Germany, the country is hoping new plans to recognise diplomas gained abroad will lure highly qualified foreign professionals looking for a new home.

Hunters given permission to shoot marauding panther

Hunters given permission to shoot marauding panther

Officials in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Wednesday gave hunters permission to shoot an escaped panther that has been on the loose near the Belgian border for almost a year.

Barefoot through Germany’s tidal flats with a mailbag

Barefoot through Germany’s tidal flats with a mailbag

Meet Germany’s most singular postal worker: Over the last nine years Knud Knudsen has gained a following for his twice-weekly barefoot treks across the country's North Sea tidal mudflats to deliver letters to a lone island couple.

Germany gets two new Catholic cardinals

Germany gets two new Catholic cardinals

The Bishop of Munich and Freising, Reinhard Marx, and Bavarian Church historian Walter Brandmüller have been appointed cardinals, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.

UK troop withdrawal shocks communities

UK troop withdrawal shocks communities

A day after UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced the early withdrawal of all British forces from Germany, officials in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony on Wednesday tried to assess the potentially devastating impact on their communities.

Alstom sues to block Eurostar purchase of Siemens trains

Alstom sues to block Eurostar purchase of Siemens trains

French engineering giant Alstom is suing to block cross-channel rail company Eurostar from buying trains made by its German competitor Siemens, an Alstom spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Rising star Guttenberg outshines Merkel

Rising star Guttenberg outshines Merkel

Nearly a quarter of voters believe the conservative rising star Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg would make a better chancellor than the embattled Angela Merkel, a poll published Wednesday found.

US Senate candidate lauds deadly East German border control

US Senate candidate lauds deadly East German border control

The United States could learn from East Germany's deadly effectiveness in sealing its border with the Berlin Wall during the Cold War, according to an Alaskan politician seeking election to the US Senate.

Bayern set to enter Champions League round of 16

Bayern set to enter Champions League round of 16

Bayern Munich are on the verge of the Champions League's Round of 16 after Tuesday's 3-2 win over CFR Cluj as striker Mario Gomez scored his fifth goal in three games.

Wulff wins praise for bridge-building speech

Wulff wins praise for bridge-building speech

President Christian Wulff has won praise from Turkish leaders and German politicians for his Ankara speech about integration, while Education Minister Annette Schavan broke ranks and called for more optimism on the issue.

Energy firms rake in massive profits

Energy firms rake in massive profits

German energy firms continued to rake in massive profits despite the recent financial crisis, with the three biggest companies making profits of €23 billion last year, media reported Wednesday.