Indian official calls German cars ‘criminal’

Indian official calls German cars ‘criminal’

India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh attacked German automakers on Friday, saying driving big-engined luxury models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz in his country was “criminal.”

Löw warns of Turkish ‘aggressive’ recruitment

Löw warns of Turkish ‘aggressive’ recruitment

Germany coach Joachim Löw warned Friday against the "aggressive" approach of the Turkish football federation in its efforts to recruit German-born and trained Turks to its national team.

‘I don’t feel at home here, it’s clear I’ll remain a foreigner’

‘I don’t feel at home here, it’s clear I’ll remain a foreigner’

The Local’s series The New Berliners explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the eighth installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with Turkish bridal shop owner Sahes Tascioglu.

Parliament passes health insurance premium hikes

Parliament passes health insurance premium hikes

Premiums for statutory health insurance will rise beginning in 2011 following Friday’s parliamentary approval of sweeping reforms meant to keep Germany's creaky health system solvent.

Births hit record low

Births hit record low

The number of children born in Germany hit a record low in 2009, official statistics showed on Friday, with Europe's largest country facing a demographic crisis as its birth rate continues to plunge.

The Best of Berlin in November

The Best of Berlin in November

Exberliner, Berlin’s leading English-language magazine, in November visits the Adolf exhibition, gets its fill of veggie cuisine, and discovers where to get vintage rock wear.

Jewish doctor refuses to operate on Nazi patient

Jewish doctor refuses to operate on Nazi patient

A Jewish doctor in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Paderborn has reportedly walked out of a surgery after discovering a Nazi tattoo on the arm of a patient.

Storm ‘Carmen’ capsizes boat, fells trees and dumps snow

Storm ‘Carmen’ capsizes boat, fells trees and dumps snow

The storm system “Carmen” ripped through Germany on Thursday night, bringing high winds, heavy rain and some snow in the first big storm of autumn.

Booming economy cools slightly in third quarter

Booming economy cools slightly in third quarter

Germany's economic expansion has slowed slightly in the third quarter, official data released on Friday showed, as Europe's top economy decelerated as expected from record growth.

Merkel denies cabinet reshuffle report

Merkel denies cabinet reshuffle report

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday denied a media report claiming that she had plans to reshuffle her cabinet following the rumoured resignation of Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

Hesse suggests searching for alternative nuclear waste sites

Hesse suggests searching for alternative nuclear waste sites

Germany must search for alternative storage facilities for nuclear waste in the event that the site at Gorleben is deemed unsafe, Hesse's state premier Volker Bouffier said Friday.

Bond market jitters misplaced, Germany says

Bond market jitters misplaced, Germany says

Germany was among the EU heavyweights that issued a joint declaration Friday insisting that bond market jitters over a future bailout fund are misplaced as Ireland suffers a debt crisis.