‘Can Germany be counted on?’

‘Can Germany be counted on?’

Has Germany’s decision to abstain from the UN resolution on Libya seriously damaged transatlantic ties and NATO? Dr. Jackson Janes, director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, sifts through the foreign policy wreckage.

Prost! Weekend set for beer garden weather

Prost! Weekend set for beer garden weather

This weekend could bring the first glorious beer garden weather of the year. The German Weather Service (DWD) is forecasting widespread sunshine and balmy temperatures across the country.

Top corporations resist quota for hiring women execs

Top corporations resist quota for hiring women execs

Germany's top companies pledged Wednesday to publish new targets for placing more women in their boardrooms but resisted fresh calls for legal quotas to rectify a wide gender gap.

Pay back to pre-crisis levels for top bosses

Pay back to pre-crisis levels for top bosses

Wages earned by top German bosses have climbed back to pre-crisis levels but are tied more closely to a company's longer-term performances, a private study showed on Wednesday.

Bertelsmann reportedly targeting Warner Music

Bertelsmann reportedly targeting Warner Music

German media group Bertelsmann and investment fund KKR want to buy the US company Warner Music for up to $3 billion, a press report said Wednesday.

Berlin’s techno scene shows its feminine side

Berlin’s techno scene shows its feminine side

While a woman behind the decks is nothing new, Berlin's electronic ladies say they have to work extra hard to get the attention they deserve in a male-dominated industry, Ruth Michaelson reports.

Pressure mounts on Westerwelle to resign

Pressure mounts on Westerwelle to resign

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Wednesday faced growing calls for him to step aside as leader of the Free Democrats following his party’s disastrous performance in two German state elections.

German boy’s message in a bottle found 24 years later in Russia

German boy’s message in a bottle found 24 years later in Russia

A 13-year-old Russian boy found a message in a bottle on a beach and was reunited with its German author, who wrote the note 24 years ago, tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Wednesday.

Father in court for castrating daughter’s older boyfriend

Father in court for castrating daughter’s older boyfriend

A Bielefeld man faced criminal charges in a court on Wednesday for violently castrating his 17-year-old daughter’s much older boyfriend. He could be jailed for at least three years.

Teens warned of risks from ‘vodka tampon’ use

Teens warned of risks from ‘vodka tampon’ use

Police in southern Germany warned this week of a dangerous new form of alcohol abuse among teens – using tampons soaked in vodka to get drunk quickly and hide the smell. The practice poses grave health risks, they said.

Hamburg port preps for radioactive ships

Hamburg port preps for radioactive ships

Hamburg port authorities prepared on Wednesday for the arrival of Japanese ships contaminated with radiation, a media report said.

Australia stuns young Germany line-up in friendly

Australia stuns young Germany line-up in friendly

Australia took revenge for last year's heavy World Cup defeat with a shock 2-1 win over hosts Germany on Tuesday night in a friendly - their maiden victory over the Germans.