Wealthy lean toward ‘social Darwinism’ after economic crisis

Wealthy lean toward ‘social Darwinism’ after economic crisis

Hostility towards minorities and the poor has increased significantly among Germany's middle and upper classes, a development likely stemming from the global economic crisis, according to a new study.

Biofuels give German brewers a hangover

Biofuels give German brewers a hangover

As lucrative biofuel crops crowd out barley acreage in Germany, brewers say the drive for alternative energy sources will force them to raise the price of beer next year. Alexander Bakst reports.

Bundesbank sees record growth in 2010

Bundesbank sees record growth in 2010

The German economy, Europe's biggest, should post record growth of 3.6 percent this year followed by expansions of 2.0 percent in 2011 and 1.5 percent in 2012, the central bank forecast on Friday.

Winter tyre rule causes supply shortage

Winter tyre rule causes supply shortage

As Germany continues to dig out after a hefty winter storm, authorities reminded drivers on Friday that they have just one day left to get their obligatory seasonal tyres. Anyone caught driving in wintry conditions without them faces a fine.

Family of ‘veil martyr’ files case against Dresden judges

Family of ‘veil martyr’ files case against Dresden judges

The family of the pregnant Egyptian woman murdered last year in a Dresden courtroom has filed a case against the two judges on the bench that day for not preventing her death, city officials said Friday.

Berliners strip naked to protest rising rents

Berliners strip naked to protest rising rents

A group of young Berliners who call themselves “Hedonist International” has begun turning up at apartment viewings to throw nude parties in protest of rising rents as the city becomes more gentrified.

Germany’s disabled live in a separate world, official says

Germany’s disabled live in a separate world, official says

Disabled people in Germany live in a separate world, shut out by insufficient efforts to create barrier-free public spaces and fears from the rest of society, the country’s federal commissioner for the disabled said Friday.

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FDP fires ‘mole’ revealed by Wikileaks

A day after the Free Democrats (FDP) fired a high-ranking official for feeding secret information to the US embassy, members of the party demanded on Friday that America's ambassador to Berlin be removed.

Consumer groups call for end to EU light bulb ban

Consumer groups call for end to EU light bulb ban

Consumer protection organisations have demanded a suspension of the EU ban on incandescent light bulbs, citing official tests that showed the new compact fluorescent lamps to be dangerous if broken.