Cronyism seeping into politics, voters fear

Cronyism seeping into politics, voters fear

Germans are increasingly worried that their political parties are susceptible to cronyism and lobbying, a survey by the anti-corruption group Transparency International revealed Thursday.

Islamic centre hit by arson attack

Islamic centre hit by arson attack

An Islamic centre in Berlin was hit by an arson attack on Thursday, with an assailant hurling a petrol bomb against the building’s facade. It was the third such incident involving a Muslim building in the capital in a fortnight.

Newborn baby stolen from Frankfurt hospital

Newborn baby stolen from Frankfurt hospital

Police were searching Thursday afternoon for two women suspected of stealing a baby girl just six hours after she was born in a Frankfurt hospital.

Federal police forces set to merge

Federal police forces set to merge

After 60 years of fragmented nationwide law enforcement, the two branches of Germany's federal police are set to be brought under one roof.

Brewing up a cup of beneficence

Brewing up a cup of beneficence

Three entrepreneurs have brought the single-source coffee movement to Germany, directly connecting customers to an Ethiopian community producing their gourmet beans.

Bayer to spend €1 billion on China expansion

Bayer to spend €1 billion on China expansion

Germany's Bayer Group said Thursday it would spend €1 billion ($1.3 billion) over five years to expand its high-tech materials business in China to capitalise on the growing economy.

Coalition set to cut taxes by €4.5 billion

Coalition set to cut taxes by €4.5 billion

Tax relief of €4.5 billion could be coming the way of German companies and workers, mostly by slashing red tape, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) announced Thursday.

Röttgen calls climate change an economic opportunity

Röttgen calls climate change an economic opportunity

With just two days left at the UN climate change summit in Cancún, Mexico, German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen appealed to the leaders to see climate protection as an economic opportunity, and not a burden.

Snow cripples transport, causes blackouts

Snow cripples transport, causes blackouts

Wintry weather hammered Germany on Thursday, as ice and snow snarled rail and road traffic, cancelled flights, and caused power outages in eastern parts of the country.

US pressed Berlin not to arrest CIA agents

US pressed Berlin not to arrest CIA agents

More documents released by Wikileaks this week have shown that Washington put intense pressure on Berlin not to enforce arrest warrants against CIA agents involved in the 2003 abduction of a German citizen mistakenly believed to be a terrorist.

Ribery double fires Bayern to victory over Basel

Ribery double fires Bayern to victory over Basel

Last season's Champions League finalists Bayern Munich went through to the round of 16 as Group E winners on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Basel as midfielder Franck Ribery netted twice.