Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt’s wife Loki dies at 91

Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt’s wife Loki dies at 91

Hannelore Schmidt, wife and childhood sweetheart of former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, has died aged 91, his office said Thursday.

Vattenfall to build €1-billion wind farm in Germany

Vattenfall to build €1-billion wind farm in Germany

Swedish energy group Vattenfall said on Tuesday it would invest about €1 billion along with Germany's Stadtwerke München (SWM) in a 80-turbine offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Most children’s toys unsafe, consumer watchdog reveals

Most children’s toys unsafe, consumer watchdog reveals

As retailers prepare for the Christmas shopping season, Germany’s top consumer watchdog Stiftung Warentest on Thursday revealed that 80 percent of children's toys tested by the organisation posed health risks to children, regardless of their price.

McAllister: UK troops leaving a ‘sad moment’

McAllister: UK troops leaving a ‘sad moment’

Lower Saxony's premier David McAllister on Thursday told The Local parts of the state will be hit hard by the early closure of British military bases. But as the son of a British solider, the issue is also deeply personal for McAllister.

Snow covers mountains

Snow covers mountains

Germany got a taste of the coming winter on Thursday, as many of the country‘s mountainous regions – and even some northern flatlands – were blanketed in up to 24 centimetres of snow, the German Weather Service (DWD) said.

Bavarian farmers try to make agriculture sexy with pinups

Bavarian farmers try to make agriculture sexy with pinups

A youth farming association in Bavaria has presented its latest edition of a calendar showing farm girls in erotic poses in the hopes of making agriculture more attractive to younger Germans.

Iconic lighthouse turned ‘lonely hotel’ celebrates 125 years

Iconic lighthouse turned ‘lonely hotel’ celebrates 125 years

Described by some as the “loneliest hotel in Germany,” the Roter Sand lighthouse off the coast of Lower Saxony has been welcoming guests for over 10 years, but that’s just a tiny slice of the landmark’s 125-year history.

Germany hikes growth forecasts sharply

Germany hikes growth forecasts sharply

Germany is again Europe's growth engine, the country's economy minister declared Thursday, as Berlin more than doubled its forecast for output this year and predicted a steady expansion in 2011.

What’s on in Germany: October 21 – 27

What’s on in Germany: October 21 – 27

This week's highlights: A night run in Berlin, Irish writers recite in Hamburg, and the BBC Scottish National Orchestra takes the bandstand in Munich.

‘Dr. Death’ takes body parts online

‘Dr. Death’ takes body parts online

Gunther von Hagens, the man behind the controversial anatomical Body Worlds exhibitions, announced this week he would be opening an online store selling his human and animal plastinations. But church leaders in Germany are outraged.

Quarter-million opt out of Google Street View

Quarter-million opt out of Google Street View

Some 245,000 buildings were registered for Google Street View’s opt-out scheme in Germany, the company revealed on Thursday, saying the figure did not correspond with the widespread controversy over the online navigation service.

Merkel tries to calm locker room visit hubbub

Merkel tries to calm locker room visit hubbub

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had a 'clear the air' chat with football bosses after a surprise visit to the national team's changing room caused a storm.

Schalke down Hapoel as Raul makes history

Schalke down Hapoel as Raul makes history

Spanish striker Raul made history on Wednesday as Bundesliga strugglers Schalke 04 kept up their Champions League hopes of a place in the Round of 16 with a 3-1 win over Hapoel Tel Aviv.