Village asks to be wiped from Google’s map

Village asks to be wiped from Google’s map

A day after a small town became the first in Germany to welcome Google's controversial Street View service with open arms and cake, a tiny northern village responded Wednesday with a resounding Nein.

Finding peace in Westphalia

Finding peace in Westphalia

Named after a mediaeval monastery, the northwestern German city of Münster is religious about its cultural heritage. But Olivia Hambrett finds more than just a fusty collection of pretty churches.

North Rhine-Westphalian roads clogged by mysterious traffic

North Rhine-Westphalian roads clogged by mysterious traffic

The motorways of North Rhine-Westphalia ground to a halt on Tuesday as traffic jams totalling a length of 310 kilometres filled the state's roads, yet experts and officials remain puzzled as to just what caused the gridlock.

CSU party newspaper offers holidays to ‘occupied East Prussia’

CSU party newspaper offers holidays to ‘occupied East Prussia’

Bavaria’s Christian Social Union was embarrassed this week by flyer included in the conservative party's newspaper advertising holidays to “occupied East Prussia,” using German names for territory now belonging to Russia and Poland.

Aquarium unveils heir to Paul the psychic octopus

Aquarium unveils heir to Paul the psychic octopus

Paul II, octopus successor to the tentacle tipster that wowed the world with his uncanny knack of correctly predicting World Cup football games, was unveiled amid great fanfare at an Oberhausen aquarium on Wednesday.

BMW roars ahead

BMW roars ahead

The world's leading luxury car maker, BMW, reported a huge leap in third-quarter net profit on Wednesday, with recovering global markets snapping up its saloons and sports utility vehicles.

Berlin demands security crackdown on cargo

Berlin demands security crackdown on cargo

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called for tighter security measures for international cargo shipments and postal services, one day after an explosive package was discovered in the Chancellery’s mailroom.

Germany seeks better integration of immigrants

Germany seeks better integration of immigrants

Federal, state and municipal officials met with immigrant associations on Wednesday in Berlin for a national summit on how to improve integration in Germany. This year's focus was the recognition of foreign job qualifications.

Energy giants to drill for untapped natural gas in Rhineland

Energy giants to drill for untapped natural gas in Rhineland

A group of international energy companies plans to bore into enormous stores of untapped natural gas deposits across the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, according to a media report Wednesday.

Kachelmann won’t work as TV weatherman after trial

Kachelmann won’t work as TV weatherman after trial

Germany's high-profile TV weatherman Jörg Kachelmann said Wednesday he will not return to television after his trial concludes next month. He stands accused of threatening his long-time girlfriend with a knife and raping her.

No tax cuts, Merkel says

No tax cuts, Merkel says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected calls for tax cuts on Wednesday, saying that though the economy has rebounded, the government must still cut its deficit.