Authorities scramble to improve winter driving conditions

Authorities scramble to improve winter driving conditions

Winter is setting in, with more snow and sleet expected in coming days, meanwhile authorities scramble to secure de-icing salt supplies and tighten lax winter tyre rules.

German foreign ministry summons North Korean ambassador

German foreign ministry summons North Korean ambassador

The German foreign ministry said Wednesday it had summoned Pyongyang's ambassador, following North Korea's bombardment of a South Korean border island which killed two marines and two civilians.

BASF pledges no job cuts until 2015

BASF pledges no job cuts until 2015

Germany's BASF, the world's largest chemicals company, said on Wednesday it has pledged to the 33,000 workers at its main plant at Ludwigshafen not to make any redundancies until 2015.

Merkel attacks ‘obstructionist’ Greens

Merkel attacks ‘obstructionist’ Greens

A fiery Angela Merkel went on the offensive during the parliamentary budget debate Wednesday. As her centre-right coalition’s poll numbers lag, the Chancellor took aim at the increasingly popular Greens.

German business confidence highest since reunification

German business confidence highest since reunification

German firms are the most optimistic they have been since reunification in 1990, a key indicator showed Wednesday, raising hopes Europe's powerhouse could drag the debt-wracked eurozone from the abyss.

British MEP punished for Nazi slogan

British MEP punished for Nazi slogan

A British eurosceptic member of the European Parliament was booted from the chamber on Wednesday morning for hurling Nazi comparisons at a German MP.

‘People call our harmonies mediaeval, strange inversions that aren’t normal’

‘People call our harmonies mediaeval, strange inversions that aren’t normal’

Tipped as one of London’s hottest new acts, The Smoke Fairies play Germany this week. Arsalan Mohammad spoke to band member Katherine Blamire about playing live, formative influences, New Orleans and burgers.

German embassies to remove portraits of Nazi ambassadors

German embassies to remove portraits of Nazi ambassadors

Germany's Foreign Ministry has instructed all its overseas embassies to take down portraits of pre-1951 ambassadors to remove any association with the Nazi era.

Teen murder suspect close to confession

Teen murder suspect close to confession

The suspect in the murder of two teenagers in Bodenfelde plans to confess, his lawyer reportedly said Wednesday, as police revealed he had the ''potential to be a serial killer.''

Minister floats minimum wage for temp workers

Minister floats minimum wage for temp workers

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen called on Wednesday for a minimum wage for temporary jobs in Germany to prevent foreign workers undercutting salaries.

SAP hit with record fine for copyright infringement

SAP hit with record fine for copyright infringement

A US jury has ordered German software giant SAP to pay US rival Oracle $1.3 billion in damages in a record-setting copyright infringement award.