China bans pork, eggs as dioxin scandal grows

China bans pork, eggs as dioxin scandal grows

Germany's dioxin contamination problems deepened Wednesday as China banned pork and egg imports and it emerged that tainted meat may be in circulation.

Berlin says no need to boost euro fund now

Berlin says no need to boost euro fund now

EU heavyweight Germany on Wednesday shot down proposals to boost Europe's war chest for financially stricken eurozone countries, saying such as a debate was not needed at the present time.

A nation of free thinkers

A nation of free thinkers

Germans love free thinkers, but they're apparently not so hot on free speech. The reactions to the Giffords shooting in Arizona have revived the spectre of anti-Americanism in Germany, argues Malte Lehming from Der Tagesspiegel.

Libyan spies jailed

Libyan spies jailed

A German court jailed two Libyan men Wednesday for spying on members of the Libyan opposition living in Europe over a nearly three-year period.

Court orders workers to wear bras

Court orders workers to wear bras

German companies are allowed to require female employees to wear bras, according to a Cologne court ruling published Wednesday. The length of their finger nails is also subject to regulation, the ruling stated.

Lufthansa passenger traffic cracks 90 million

Lufthansa passenger traffic cracks 90 million

Germany's leading airline Lufthansa said Wednesday its business got a big lift last year from recovery in air travel, reporting that its traffic jumped 17.2 percent to 90.2 million passengers.

Retrial for asylum-seeker death in Dessau jail begins

Retrial for asylum-seeker death in Dessau jail begins

A retrial in the case of an asylum-seeker who burned to death six years ago in a Dessau jail began Wednesday. A 50-year-old police officer faces charges of bodily harm with fatal consequences.

Flood threat remains along nation’s rivers

Flood threat remains along nation’s rivers

Germany remained on flood alert on Wednesday, with high water rising more quickly than predicted in the south and citizens building an emergency dam in the country's financial capital Frankfurt.

Porsche and Audi win design awards at Detroit auto show

Porsche and Audi win design awards at Detroit auto show

Two cars from Germany's Volkswagen group have driven away with the top design honours for vehicles introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Economy grows record 3.6 percent in 2010

Economy grows record 3.6 percent in 2010

The German economy, Europe's biggest, grew by a record 3.6 percent last year, provisional figures released on Wednesday by the national statistics office showed.

Cabinet extends Afghanistan mission

Cabinet extends Afghanistan mission

The German cabinet voted in favour of extending the country’s unpopular military mission in Afghanistan by one year on Wednesday, with the new plan stipulating that troop withdrawal must begin at the end of 2011.

Myspace shuts German office amid major cuts

Myspace shuts German office amid major cuts

The German branch of Myspace has become a casualty of major cutbacks at the online social networking website, as the company aims to restore profitability as rivals like Facebook race ahead.

Organic food demand soars amid dioxin scare

Organic food demand soars amid dioxin scare

As the dioxin scare continues in Germany, consumers are storming organic supermarkets, clearing the shelves of eggs and pork products. But experts say the country’s organic food sector is unlikely to keep up with the new demand.