Man kills son and self with chainsaw

Man kills son and self with chainsaw

A German man murdered his three-year-old son with a chainsaw before killing himself in an apparent custody dispute, police in Bonn said on Thursday.

US troops ordered not to wear uniforms

US troops ordered not to wear uniforms

US troops in Germany have been banned from wearing their military uniforms in public in the wake of the Frankfurt Airport shooting that left two American airmen dead and two seriously injured.

Merkel ‘regrets’ rejection of Portugal austerity plan

Merkel ‘regrets’ rejection of Portugal austerity plan

Ahead of an EU summit to bolster the euro, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Portugal's political parties on Thursday to stick to deficit reduction targets after the country's prime minister resigned over parliament's rejection of his austerity plan.

Doctors forget 16-centimetre clamp in woman’s belly

Doctors forget 16-centimetre clamp in woman’s belly

For months a woman in Lower Saxony complained of excruciating pain, and this week her doctors found a 16-centimetre surgical tool left in her abdomen during a previous operation, the hospital confirmed Thursday.

Radiation checks offered to travellers from Japan

Radiation checks offered to travellers from Japan

Travellers returning from Japan can be checked for radioactive contamination by authorities, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) announced Thursday.

Germany fails to close gender wage gap

Germany fails to close gender wage gap

Germany made no progress last year on its yawning gender wage gap, with women earning 23 percent less in gross pay than men – the same as 2009, official figures showed Thursday.

Mother finds two daughters dead

Mother finds two daughters dead

Police are investigating the deaths of two girls, aged eight and 11, whose bodies were found at home by their mother early Thursday morning in the Bavarian town of Krailling.

Westerwelle mulled ‘No’ to Libya UN resolution

Westerwelle mulled ‘No’ to Libya UN resolution

The German government is fending off embarrassing claims that Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle nearly caused a diplomatic disaster by directly opposing the UN vote for a “no-fly zone” in Libya.

Automakers nervous as Japanese delivery delays persist

Automakers nervous as Japanese delivery delays persist

The disaster in Japan has cut deeply into the global economy, and now Germany is feeling the effects too. Car manufacturers suffering from delivery delays are considering scaling back workers’ hours, a media report said Thursday.

Navigating the pitfalls of job etiquette

Navigating the pitfalls of job etiquette

Knowing German workplace etiquette can make or break your career. Jeff Kavanagh spends a day on the job.

What’s on in Germany: March 24 – 30

What’s on in Germany: March 24 – 30

This week's highlights: Land art in Berlin, Lithuanian film in Frankfurt, and Munich's Philharmonic Choir sings Mozart's Requiem to raise money for Japan.

Brüderle admits nuclear reversal electioneering

Brüderle admits nuclear reversal electioneering

Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle has reportedly admitted that the government coalition’s recent decision to reverse its nuclear energy policy was made simply to gain votes in upcoming state elections.

Old National Gallery celebrates 150 years with Romantics

Old National Gallery celebrates 150 years with Romantics

A historic collection of Romantic-era paintings opened this week at Berlin’s Old National Gallery this week to mark its 150th anniversary.

Tough state elections loom for Merkel’s conservatives

Tough state elections loom for Merkel’s conservatives

Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has ruled Baden-Württemberg since 1953, but the political fallout in Germany from Japan's nuclear crisis could spell the end in a key state election Sunday.