Guttenberg requests Deep Purple send-off

Guttenberg requests Deep Purple send-off

Germany's former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg plans to leave office with characteristic flair on Thursday night. The aristocratic rock fan has requested Deep Purple’s classic song “Smoke on the Water” be played at his military send-off ceremony.

Coalition proposal would tie residency permits to German skills

Coalition proposal would tie residency permits to German skills

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition is considering altering immigration laws in a bid to force foreigners to learn German, a media report said Thursday. The measure would require certain immigrants to pass an exam to receive more than a temporary residence permit.

Afghan police say woman killed by German troops

Afghan police say woman killed by German troops

Police in northern Afghanistan said Thursday that German troops based in the area had accidentally killed one woman and injured another during an exchange of fire.

BMW profits race ahead

BMW profits race ahead

The world's leading luxury carmaker BMW reported record profits and sales for 2010 on Thursday and said it expected more of the same this year.

Pete Doherty suspected of drunken music store theft in Bavaria

Pete Doherty suspected of drunken music store theft in Bavaria

British scandal rocker Pete Doherty is suspected of drunkenly stealing from a music store in the picturesque Bavarian city of Regensburg, where he is filming a costume drama also starring French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Lady Gaga hackers charged with spying and copyright infringement

Lady Gaga hackers charged with spying and copyright infringement

Duisburg prosecutors on Thursday charged two Germans with breaking copyright law and stealing data after hacking email accounts of pop stars like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha to purloin unreleased tracks and compromising photos.

Berlin annoyed as Paris recognizes Libyan rebels

Berlin annoyed as Paris recognizes Libyan rebels

Germany expressed caution Thursday on the issue of recognising Libya's opposition as the country's representative, as France irked Berlin by opening diplomatic relations with opponents of Muammar Qaddafi‘s regime.

German exports shift from US to China

German exports shift from US to China

German exports in January rose 24.2 percent from a year earlier, pushing the country's trade surplus higher, while China overtook the Untied States as the leading importer of German goods, official figures showed Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: March 10 – 16

What’s on in Germany: March 10 – 16

This week's highlights: Poetry in Berlin, apple wine in Frankfurt, Iranian opera in Cologne, and Munich hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day parties on the continent.

Vintage photo booths make a comeback in Berlin and beyond

Vintage photo booths make a comeback in Berlin and beyond

Revamped photo booths that last saw the light of day in the late 1970’s are popping up all over Europe, but it was Berlin that gave birth to the trend. Ruth Michaelson talks with one of the men behind the phenomenon.

Strike cripples rail traffic nationwide

Strike cripples rail traffic nationwide

A strike by train drivers for both freight and passenger routes crippled rail traffic in Germany Thursday morning, with hundreds of cancellations and countless delays reported across the country.

Schalke beats Valencia to make Champions League quarter-finals

Schalke beats Valencia to make Champions League quarter-finals

Schalke 04 on Wednesday brushed off reports coach Felix Magath will be dismissed at the end of the season, beating Valencia 3-1 and booking their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.