Booming Audi to pay workers €6,500 bonus

Booming Audi to pay workers €6,500 bonus

Luxury German carmaker Audi, a unit of Volkswagen, said Thursday its staff of 42,500 would receive an average bonus of €6,513 ($9,053) as thanks for strong results last year.

Islamist shooter radicalized in Germany

Islamist shooter radicalized in Germany

Arid Uka, the 21-year-old Kosovar who has admitted to killing two US airmen in Frankfurt, was a loner only recently turning to radical Islamist ideology, according to investigators.

Dozens injured in tram collision with bus

Dozens injured in tram collision with bus

Over 40 people were injured in the Ruhr Valley city of Oberhausen on Thursday when a tram collided with a bus on an overpass, police there said.

Catholics urge ditching celibacy rule for priests

Catholics urge ditching celibacy rule for priests

Facing a dire shortage of priests, influential voices in Germany have begun questioning some central tenets of the Catholic Church including celibacy for the clergy. Kyle James reports.

Karneval festivities commence in the sunny Rhineland

Karneval festivities commence in the sunny Rhineland

Germany's Karneval festivities kicked off on Thursday at 11:11 am, as jesters stormed city halls across the Rhineland, marking the official start to the clownish, boozy parades to come.

German ships to return Egyptians fleeing Libya

German ships to return Egyptians fleeing Libya

Germany will send three ships to return some 4,000 migrants stuck in Tunisia to Egypt, after they fled there to escape the violence in Libya, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Thursday.

Half of doctors prescribe placebos, study finds

Half of doctors prescribe placebos, study finds

Doctors often prescribe placebos to patients, according to a new study from the German Medical Association released this week. But that’s not a bad thing, they said, recommending that placebos be used even more often.

What’s on in Germany: March 3 – 9

What’s on in Germany: March 3 – 9

This week's highlights: Karneval in Cologne, Japanese fashion in Munich, and an art/dance party in Berlin.

Sacked diplomat blames anti-German British bias

Sacked diplomat blames anti-German British bias

A German-born diplomat who was fired from his job in Paris with the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) is suing the British government for racial discrimination, he told The Local.

Public workers’ strikes hit eastern states

Public workers’ strikes hit eastern states

Limited strikes by German public workers continued on Thursday, this time teachers street crews and bureaucrats in the eastern states taking part.

Police see no wider terrorist plot in attack

Police see no wider terrorist plot in attack

German authorities said Thursday a man arrested over the fatal shooting of two US airmen was an Islamic extremist, but played down fears he was part of a terrorist cell.

Schalke’s Magath gets revenge as struggling Bayern exit Cup

Schalke’s Magath gets revenge as struggling Bayern exit Cup

Another piece of silverware slipped from Bayern Munich's grasp on Wednesday as the title holders were dumped out of the German Cup after a 1-0 semi-final home defeat to Schalke 04, who are coached by former Bayern boss Felix Magath.