Bayern boss van Gaal hails ‘Super Mario’

Bayern boss van Gaal hails ‘Super Mario’

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal said Thursday hot-shot striker Mario Gomez has more than proved his worth to the German champions after his crucial late goal at Inter Milan.

Schumacher still a role model for F1’s Vettel

Schumacher still a role model for F1’s Vettel

Germany's world champion Sebastian Vettel has said compatriot Michael Schumacher is still his role-model and has backed the Formula One legend to return to form this season.

Warships head to Libya

Warships head to Libya

Three warships are on their way toward Libya to help with the evacuation of German citizens from the crisis-hit country, where violence continues to intensify. Germany has recommended all its nationals leave.

Teen in court for holding two boys as ‘slaves’

Teen in court for holding two boys as ‘slaves’

A 17-year-old German teen faced a court on Thursday for holding two boys like slaves in the attic above his parents‘ apartment and forcing them to steal for him.

Dumpster diving for dinner and a better world

Dumpster diving for dinner and a better world

A growing number of Germans are joining the so-called "freegan" movement. Finding supper in the rubbish bins behind supermarkets, the radical recyclers eat what others throw away, not due to poverty, but as a protest against a world of über-consumption.

Allianz predicts €8-billion profit for 2011, give or take half a billion

Allianz predicts €8-billion profit for 2011, give or take half a billion

German insurance giant Allianz said Thursday that it foresees an operating profit of €8 billion ($11 billion) this year, accurate to more or less half a billion.

European tourists prefer Germany over France

European tourists prefer Germany over France

Brandenburg Gate trumps Eiffel Tower? Germany now attracts more European tourists than France, according to figures released this week.

Turkey wants its sphinx back, minister says

Turkey wants its sphinx back, minister says

Turkey’s culture minister gave Germany an ultimatum on Thursday – return a valuable sphinx displayed at Berlin’s Pergamon Museum or lose the right to continue digging at the archaeological site where it was found.

Cross-eyed opossum Heidi makes Oscar picks

Cross-eyed opossum Heidi makes Oscar picks

Heidi, a famous cross-eyed opossum at the Leipzig Zoo, has picked her favourites to win Oscars this year, predicting Colin Firth will take home the best-actor statuette for his role in “The King’s Speech.”

What’s on in Germany: February 24 – March 2

What’s on in Germany: February 24 – March 2

This week's highlights: Warhol Polaroids in Cologne, pictures of ballerinas in Berlin, and Hercules and Love Affair begin their dance across Germany in Munich.

Chemical giant BASF sees profits soar

Chemical giant BASF sees profits soar

BASF, the world's biggest chemicals company, presented stunning 2010 results on Thursday, bouncing back from a slump in 2009 and giving an upbeat outlook for the current year despite problems in Libya.

Major fraud suspected with HIV drugs

Major fraud suspected with HIV drugs

German federal police and prosecutors are investigating suspected large-scale fraud around HIV medicines, according to public broadcaster NDR. Wholesalers allegedly sold subsidized medicines meant for Africa for huge profits in Germany.

Amnesty: Germany must take Libyan refugees

Amnesty: Germany must take Libyan refugees

The head of Amnesty International Germany in an interview published on Thursday has called on Berlin to be ready to accept Libyan asylum seekers fleeing the crisis-hit country.