Helmut Kohl’s son tells of failed relationship

Helmut Kohl’s son tells of failed relationship

The turbulent family life of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl has been etched into the public record in excruciating detail through a new memoir written by his estranged eldest son.

School closed after dozens collapse from norovirus infection

School closed after dozens collapse from norovirus infection

Dozens of students collapsed during class at a Freital high school outside Dresden on Tuesday. Officials later closed the building on suspicion that a norovirus was spreading among the pupils.

Google to hire hundreds in Germany

Google to hire hundreds in Germany

Google on Tuesday said it planned to invest heavily in its operations in Germany this year, creating hundreds of new jobs at the US internet giant.

Share ownership plunges despite recovery

Share ownership plunges despite recovery

Nearly half a million people in Germany turned their backs on share ownership during the second half of 2010 in what experts fear is a declining faith in the stock market.

Bayern’s Van Bommel transfers to AC Milan

Bayern’s Van Bommel transfers to AC Milan

FC Bayern Munich captain Mark van Bommel has joined Italian side AC Milan, five months before his contract was due to expire, the German giants announced on Tuesday.

German Media Roundup: Guttenberg’s slick image slips away

German Media Roundup: Guttenberg’s slick image slips away

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg this week angrily dismissed criticism of his handling of several military scandals, but newspapers in The Local’s media roundup wrote he risks losing control of his ministry.

German among dead in Moscow attack

German among dead in Moscow attack

A German man was among the 35 people killed in an explosion detonated by a suicide bomber at Moscow’s busiest airport, media reports said Tuesday.

Gorch Fock crew drank heavily, report says

Gorch Fock crew drank heavily, report says

More serious allegations about conditions on the German navy training ship “Gorch Fock” emerged Tuesday, with sailors reporting excessive drinking, death threats, sexual assault and unprofessional conduct by officers on board.

Facebook beefs up ‘Friend Finder’ privacy for German users

Facebook beefs up ‘Friend Finder’ privacy for German users

Under pressure from German privacy watchdogs, Facebook has agreed to beef up privacy protections in its Friend Finder feature, a data protection official in Hamburg said this week.

Experts call for stiffer penalties on drugged-up driving

Experts call for stiffer penalties on drugged-up driving

More Germans than ever before are getting behind the wheel while on drugs, but they don't face the same penalties as those driving drunk, according to legal experts.