Krombacher profits bubble up thanks to soft drink sales

Krombacher profits bubble up thanks to soft drink sales

German beer company Krombacher has managed to tap into greater sales using soft drinks, and in so doing bucked the trend of falling profits across German breweries.

Samurai sword killer flees hospital

Samurai sword killer flees hospital

Police are searching for a psychiatric patient who killed a woman in a church with a samurai sword and has subsequently run away during an excursion from a Baden-Württemberg hospital, media reported Wednesday.

New car sales up 17 percent

New car sales up 17 percent

New car sales in Germany gained an annualised 17 percent in January to 211,100 vehicles, the VDA auto federation said on Wednesday, with diesel-powered autos posting particularly strong gains.

Firemen called to rescue beer

Firemen called to rescue beer

A drunk man at the Kaiserslautern train station sounded a fire alarm Wednesday in hopes that fire fighters would rescue his beer, police reported. He is now under investigation for the misuse of emergency services.

Ice causes traffic chaos, but warmer weather lies ahead

Ice causes traffic chaos, but warmer weather lies ahead

Icy roads and fog caused hundreds of traffic accidents across Germany Wednesday morning and sparked traffic chaos for commuters, but meteorologists are tipping the mercury to rise in the coming days.

Bayern Munich to settle Robben row with Netherlands friendly

Bayern Munich to settle Robben row with Netherlands friendly

Bayern Munich has agreed to play the Netherlands in a friendly in May 2012 to compensate the German champions for the loss of Arjen Robben to injury in the first half of this season.

Egyptian protests trip up Miss Germany pageant preparations

Egyptian protests trip up Miss Germany pageant preparations

Historic demonstrations in Egypt may not have toppled President Hosni Mubarak yet, but on Wednesday they did claim one glamorous victim: preparations for the "Miss Germany" beauty pageant.

Egypt and Mideast top Munich conference

Egypt and Mideast top Munich conference

Revolt in Egypt and the implications for the stalled Middle East peace process are set to be key talking points for top defence officials at the Munich Security Conference in Germany starting Friday.

Hesse bans burkas for state workers

Hesse bans burkas for state workers

The state of Hesse has banned the wearing of the burka – the Muslim dress that covers a woman’s face – by state employees during work hours, officials announced late Tuesday.

Former squat eviction sparks violent protest

Former squat eviction sparks violent protest

Five police officers were wounded and 23 left-wing protesters arrested Wednesday morning during clashes over the eviction of residents at one of Berlin’s few remaining former squats.

Westerwelle welcomes Mubarak’s promise

Westerwelle welcomes Mubarak’s promise

The Egyptian people have reacted angrily to the delay, but on Wednesday German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he welcomed President Hosni Mubarak’s announcement that he would surrender power in September.

Polish cleaner lifts the lid on dirty Germany

Polish cleaner lifts the lid on dirty Germany

A Polish domestic cleaning lady has spilled the dirt on her German employers in a new memoir, "Under German Beds." The book is a best-seller, but as Hannah Cleaver reports, heavy criticism is coming from unlikely places.

German wins sixth straight Empire State Building stair race

German wins sixth straight Empire State Building stair race

German runner Thomas Dold has won the annual race up the Empire State Building, New York City's tallest skyscraper, for the sixth consecutive year.