Rail chaos more severe in December than first thought

Rail chaos more severe in December than first thought

Fewer than half of Deutsche Bahn’s long-distance trains were running on schedule during most of December, according to statistics cited in a news report Friday. The figures point to the extent of last month's travel chaos due to heavy snowfall.

Düsseldorf could build ‘tent city’ for Eurovision as hotels fill up

Düsseldorf could build ‘tent city’ for Eurovision as hotels fill up

Facing sky-high demand for overnight lodging in the run-up to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, host Düsseldorf is considering erecting a “tent city,” with hotels in the city centre near capacity just five months before the event.

Dr. Rösler to the rescue: Health Minister attends to fainting woman

Dr. Rösler to the rescue: Health Minister attends to fainting woman

German Health Minister Philipp Rösler played the part of politician and paramedic on Thursday evening, after a woman began to feel faint during an event organised by his fellow Free Democrats in the state of Hessen.

Guttenberg denies cover-up allegations

Guttenberg denies cover-up allegations

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Friday rejected claims he withheld information on an investigation into a soldier’s death in Afghanistan, as well as an alleged “mutiny” on board a German navy training ship late last year.

Business confidence hits new record high

Business confidence hits new record high

German business confidence began the new year at record highs, the Ifo institute said on Friday, good news for the 17-nation eurozone as it grapples with a dogged debt crisis.

Scientists model ancient bog woman’s face

Scientists model ancient bog woman’s face

German researchers have shed light on life during the Iron Age after examining the ancient remains of a woman found in a bog in what is now Lower Saxony. The body dates back to the pre-Roman era, more than 2,600 years ago.

Porn star dies after heart attack during breast enlargement

Porn star dies after heart attack during breast enlargement

German porn actress “Sexy Cora” has died following a heart attack she suffered during her sixth breast augmentation last week. A police investigation of the Hamburg plastic surgery clinic where she was treated is ongoing.

Women and immigrants must fill labour shortage, study says

Women and immigrants must fill labour shortage, study says

Women and immigrants will have to fill the skilled worker shortage expected to hit Germany in the coming years, according to a new 10-point plan by the Federal Employment Agency (BA).

Retirees help foreign students adjust to German life

Retirees help foreign students adjust to German life

A university in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg has been honoured for its scheme to help foreign students adjust to life in Germany by pairing them with senior citizens who volunteer to help with language and integration.

Müller admits Bundesliga title race over for Bayern Munich

Müller admits Bundesliga title race over for Bayern Munich

With Dortmund dominating the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Müller admits this season's title race is effectively over as the defending champions prepare to host Kaiserslautern on Saturday.