Stormy weekend to be wet, warm and windy

Stormy weekend to be wet, warm and windy

The most powerful storm front seen so far this autumn is heading towards Germany, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, but also warmer temperatures.

Spain’s ACS presents Hochtief takover bid

Spain’s ACS presents Hochtief takover bid

Spain's largest construction group ACS said it presented its offer for German rival Hochtief to Germany's financial supervisory authority Bafin on Thursday.

Several children injured in bus crash

Several children injured in bus crash

At least seven children and two adults were injured Thursday after the bus bringing them to a horse-riding event collided with a motorway maintenance vehicle in Lower Saxony, police said.

German ‘ß’ to be allowed in internet domain names

German ‘ß’ to be allowed in internet domain names

The German character “ß” can be used in internet domain names as of November 16, an IT industry association announced on Thursday. New rules will make web addresses such as www.straße.de possible.

Karl Lagerfeld pans Berlin fashion scene

Karl Lagerfeld pans Berlin fashion scene

German designer Karl Lagerfeld on Thursday disparaged Berlin's budding fashion scene, calling it “pretentious” and uninspired.

Karneval season kicks off

Karneval season kicks off

At exactly 11:11 am on Thursday, an army of jesters descended on the central squares in several Rhineland cities to kick off the traditional "Fifth Season" of Karneval. Months of clownish, alcohol-fuelled partying are to follow.

Judge refuses to prosecute speeders

Judge refuses to prosecute speeders

A judge in North Rhine-Westphalia has stopped imposing penalties on people caught driving too fast, saying speed traps are often unjustified and simply used by municipalities to fill empty coffers.

What’s on in Germany: November 11 – 17

What’s on in Germany: November 11 – 17

This week’s highlights: Karneval kicks off in Cologne, horses compete in Stuttgart and Berlin celebrates short film.

Surprise security checks at logistics firms after letter bomb scare

Surprise security checks at logistics firms after letter bomb scare

Officers from the Federal Office of Civil Aviation have conducted unannounced checks on more than 20 shipping and logistics companies in Germany in what appears to be a reaction to two separate parcel bomb incidents last week.

Merkel attacks ‘political’ limits on trade surpluses

Merkel attacks ‘political’ limits on trade surpluses

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday attacked "political" limits on national trade surpluses, hitting back at US proposals to tackle world economic imbalances.

Group honoured for saving world’s oldest stationary carousel

Group honoured for saving world’s oldest stationary carousel

A group of historical preservation enthusiasts in the Hessian town of Hanau have been honoured for more than 20 years of work to bring the world’s oldest stationary carrousel back to life.