Berlin’s ambitious UN Security Council agenda

Berlin’s ambitious UN Security Council agenda

Germany has taken its seat on the UN Security Council this week touting an ambitious agenda. Some of this will end in disappointment, experts warn. But there is still much Berlin can achieve.

Dioxin scandal spreads

Dioxin scandal spreads

Some 3,000 tonnes of dioxin-contaminated fatty acids used to enrich animal feed have been distributed in at least four German states, according to official estimates. As the scandal continues to spread, the authorities are shutting down more farms as a precaution.

Bundesbank: first 2011 bond issue successful

Bundesbank: first 2011 bond issue successful

Germany successfully placed its first bond issue of 2011, the Bundesbank said on Wednesday, reaffirming its safe haven status after several operations fell short late last year.

Ex-BayernLB exec behind Formula 1 deal arrested

Ex-BayernLB exec behind Formula 1 deal arrested

A former executive at Bavaria’s state-backed bank BayernLB was arrested on Wednesday under suspicion of fraud, tax evasion and taking bribes related to dealings with Formula 1 racing boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Flooding feared from thaw and rain

Flooding feared from thaw and rain

After weeks of freezing temperatures and snow across much of Germany, meteorologists are warning a brief thaw and steady rain could cause sporadic flooding in the coming days.

Löw says winter World Cup in Qatar bad for fans

Löw says winter World Cup in Qatar bad for fans

Germany coach Joachim Löw said Wednesday he was opposed to playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during winter, saying it would be unfair to fans in Europe.

Ailing ‘Dr. Death’ to put own body on display

Ailing ‘Dr. Death’ to put own body on display

Gunther von Hagens, the German anatomist dubbed "Doctor Death" who has gained fame worldwide by preserving and displaying dead bodies, said Wednesday he is terminally ill and plans to exhibit his own corpse.

Newborn found in suitcase in Hamburg

Newborn found in suitcase in Hamburg

A newborn infant shut in a suitcase has been abandoned on the street in central Hamburg, the police reported on Wednesday.

Seehofer warns FDP to pull together

Seehofer warns FDP to pull together

Bavarian conservative leader Horst Seehofer has stepped up the pressure on his embattled coalition colleague Guido Westerwelle with a thinly veiled call for Westerwelle to pull his party together.

US considered trade war over GM crops

US considered trade war over GM crops

American diplomats wanted to start a trade war with Germany and other European countries that opposed the use of genetically modified crops, according to Wikileaks cables reported by British daily The Guardian.