Mario Gomez tells gay footballers to come out

Mario Gomez tells gay footballers to come out

German national footballer Mario Gomez on Wednesday encouraged fellow players to come out of the closet if they are gay – something no active professional has yet done publicly.

Merkel slams US ahead of G20 summit

Merkel slams US ahead of G20 summit

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday joined a chorus of German officials criticising the United States’ current economic policies, setting the stage for a contentious G20 summit later this week.

Energy giant EON to divest away from Europe

Energy giant EON to divest away from Europe

Germany's EON, the world's biggest private utilities group, unveiled a major strategic shift on Wednesday, turning its focus away from Europe and toward emerging markets to restore flagging profits.

‘Wise ones’ see economy powering forward

‘Wise ones’ see economy powering forward

Germany is set for a powerful rebound this year, a panel of top experts said on Wednesday, forecasting growth of 3.7 percent for Europe's top economy.

Donkey helps Bundeswehr fight Taliban in Afghanistan

Donkey helps Bundeswehr fight Taliban in Afghanistan

German troops have enlisted an unusual helper in their fight against radical Taliban insurgents in northern Afghanistan. “Hermann” the donkey not only hauls weaponry for the Bundeswehr, he also lifts the mood for soldiers in camp.

Bahn manager to be sacked over ICE mishaps

Bahn manager to be sacked over ICE mishaps

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is sacking the boss of its fleet of high-speed ICE trains over a string of mishaps, including a notorious air-conditioning breakdowns that resulted in passengers being hospitalized.

Santa’s post office opens in Himmelpfort – every letter to be answered

Santa’s post office opens in Himmelpfort – every letter to be answered

Germany’s favourite Christmas post office opens in the Brandenburg town of Himmelpfort this week, accepting wish lists for Santa Claus from children both naughty and nice.

Fraudsters scammed Holocaust victims’ fund

Fraudsters scammed Holocaust victims’ fund

US authorities unveiled charges late on Tuesday against 17 people in a long-running scheme that fraudulently obtained some $42 million in Holocaust compensation funds from Germany.

Minorities call for their languages to be constitutionally enshrined

Minorities call for their languages to be constitutionally enshrined

Germany's native minority groups, such as the Sorbs, Frisians and Danes, have reacted to calls for the German language to be enshrined in the constitution by demanding that their own languages be included as well.

Schäuble faces fresh pressure over tax plans

Schäuble faces fresh pressure over tax plans

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble, already smarting from the resignation of his press spokesman this week, came under pressure Wednesday from strong opposition to his plans to simplify the tax system.