Merkel demands Burma free political prisoners

Merkel demands Burma free political prisoners

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged the new civilian government in Burma to release political prisoners as she spoke by phone with pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Dog owner guilty of three-year-old’s brutal death by pit bull pack

Dog owner guilty of three-year-old’s brutal death by pit bull pack

The owner of four dogs that attacked and killed a three-year-old last year was handed a suspended sentence of one year and 80 hours of community service by a Thuringian court on Friday.

Police foil Dortmund stadium bomb plot

Police foil Dortmund stadium bomb plot

German police said on Thursday they had foiled an apparent blackmail plot involving bombs placed near the stadium of football club Borussia Dortmund.

Deutsche Bahn offices raided by European Commission

Deutsche Bahn offices raided by European Commission

The European Commission, which enforces competition regulations in Europe, on Thursday said it had raided the premises of German national rail company Deutsche Bahn in an anti-trust probe.

Southwestern workers take less sick leave

Southwestern workers take less sick leave

Germans from the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg are the least likely to claim sick leave, and when they do their time off is shorter than in other regions, a new study revealed on Thursday.

Aircraft contrails causing global warming

Aircraft contrails causing global warming

The condensation trails emitted by aircraft may be warming the planet more on any given day than all the carbon dioxide that planes have pumped out since aviation began, German scientists have found.

Foreign population increase bucks downward trend

Foreign population increase bucks downward trend

The number of foreigners living in Germany rose for the first time in five years in 2010, growing by about one percent, new data from the National Statistics Office (Destatis) revealed Thursday.

Unemployment hits post reunification low

Unemployment hits post reunification low

German unemployment reached a post-reunification low in March, official data showed Thursday, but inflation is nonetheless dampening consumption and sentiment in Europe's biggest economy.

What’s on in Germany: March 31 – April 6

What’s on in Germany: March 31 – April 6

This week's highlights: Cronenberg in Cologne, improvised music in Munich, and movies by Berlinale Talent Campus alumni screen in Berlin.

Free Democrats’ nuclear battle intensifies

Free Democrats’ nuclear battle intensifies

Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle has thrown fuel on the fire of the potentially explosive debate within his government over nuclear power, as his Free Democratic Party (FDP) inches closer to a leadership battle.

Fake euro coin scam uncovered

Fake euro coin scam uncovered

Investigators probing a massive fraud involving fake euro coins have arrested six people in the Frankfurt area, including Lufthansa flight attendants, authorities announced Thursday.

Train drivers on strike

Train drivers on strike

Regional train commuters across Germany may need to find alternative transport after drivers from 21 private rail operators went on a two-day strike Thursday morning.