Westerwelle visits Afghanistan ahead of parliamentary vote

Westerwelle visits Afghanistan ahead of parliamentary vote

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Sunday, ahead of a parliamentary vote in Berlin this month on extending Germany's unpopular military mission in the strife-torn country.

German women take first ski-cross world cup victory

German women take first ski-cross world cup victory

Germany’s women skiers celebrated their first ever ski-cross world cup victory at the weekend, with Heidi Zacher taking first place and teammate Anna Wörner joining her on the podium in third.

Government to crack down after dioxin scandal

Government to crack down after dioxin scandal

The German government vowed Sunday to get tough after a dioxin poisoning scare led to import bans on some of its farm products, as a survey showed one in five consumers in Germany avoiding eggs.

Left remembers Luxemburg and Liebknecht amid communism row

Left remembers Luxemburg and Liebknecht amid communism row

Leaders of The Left party met in Berlin on Sunday for the traditional laying of a wreath in memory of the murdered socialists Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht amid in-fighting over whether communism was still their aim.

Return of swine flu prompts calls for more vaccinations

Return of swine flu prompts calls for more vaccinations

The swine flu virus H1N1 has established itself in Germany and is part of the current flu season, prompting medics to advise people at risk to get vaccinated.

Rain and melting snow produce floods

Rain and melting snow produce floods

Thawing snow and ice, combined with rain over the weekend left towns along rivers in Germany underwater, with preparations being made across the country for more flooding.