Woman who hid dead babies in freezer jailed

Woman who hid dead babies in freezer jailed

A Münster court on Monday sentenced a woman who hid the bodies of two of her newborn babies under frozen pizzas in the freezer to five years behind bars for manslaughter.

UFC hopes homegrown fighters will convince sceptical Germans

UFC hopes homegrown fighters will convince sceptical Germans

The controversial sport Ultimate Fighting faces heavy opposition in Germany, but its backers hope a few local heroes will help its bruising battle for acceptance. Joe Morgan reports.

Hamburg rounds up Alster swans

Hamburg rounds up Alster swans

In a centuries-old ritual that signals chilly weather is officially on the way, Hamburg’s famous Alster swans were rounded up from the open water on Monday and transported to their winter quarters where they will be held until spring.

Greece blames Berlin for Irish debt crisis

Greece blames Berlin for Irish debt crisis

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou blamed Germany on Monday for the spectacular rise in the borrowing costs of Ireland and Portugal last week, accusing Berlin of spooking the bond markets.

Black Forest family fights winter blues with huge sun mirror

Black Forest family fights winter blues with huge sun mirror

Fed up with going up to five months a year without sunshine, a couple living deep inside Germany’s Black Forest have erected an enormous mirror to reflect light onto their valley home during the winter.

Scania eyes merger with MAN

Scania eyes merger with MAN

Swedish truckmaker Scania and Germany's MAN, both of which are partly owned by Volkswagen, are considering merging, Scania said in a statement on Monday.

Adidas creates new brand to tap youth fashion market

Adidas creates new brand to tap youth fashion market

German sports apparel giant Adidas said Monday it hoped to win sales of more than €1 billion with a new brand aimed at the lucrative 12 to 19-year-old market that is already being launched in Asia.

Feisty Merkel fires up conservatives

Feisty Merkel fires up conservatives

Chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected head of Germany's Christian Democrats on Monday, as she tried to rally fellow conservatives in the face of public opposition to her government's more "contentious" policies.

Northern German accent in its last generation, experts say

Northern German accent in its last generation, experts say

The northern German accent is dying out. The quirky regional manner of speech has become more homogeneous and won’t be passed on to young people, language experts said Monday.

Funeral home tries to cater to gay funerals with erotic caskets

Funeral home tries to cater to gay funerals with erotic caskets

A Cologne funeral home is hoping to draw in gay clientele by offering erotic caskets with nude renaissance imagery or rainbow-coloured urns, along with other tailored services for homosexuals and their mourners.

Weather extremes bring record heat and flooding

Weather extremes bring record heat and flooding

It was a weekend of extremes in Germany, as many cities reported high temperature records for November while others suffered torrential rain, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported.

‘Wetlands’ author offers sex to president for nuclear extension veto

‘Wetlands’ author offers sex to president for nuclear extension veto

German writer Charlotte Roche offered in an interview Sunday to spend the night with President Christian Wulff if he votes against government plans to extend the lifetime of Germany's nuclear reactors.

Merkel seeks to rally CDU ahead of election year

Merkel seeks to rally CDU ahead of election year

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will look on Monday to rally her ruling conservatives behind her at a party conference ahead of what is set to be a make-or-break year.