US attack jet crashes in the Eifel

US attack jet crashes in the Eifel

An American attack jet crashed in Germany’s western Eifel region on Friday near Laufeld. The pilot was able to eject and has been taken to a nearby hospital.

Deutsche Börse aims to fend off Nasdaq interest in NYSE

Deutsche Börse aims to fend off Nasdaq interest in NYSE

German stock exchange operator Deutsche Börse insisted Friday its mooted merger with the New York Stock Exchange was the better deal after a rival bid emerged from Nasdaq and ICE.

Westerwelle reportedly set to quit as FDP leader

Westerwelle reportedly set to quit as FDP leader

After a decade as chairman of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), Guido Westerwelle is considering bowing to intense pressure and stepping down in the wake of poor election performances, media reported Friday.

Ballack fined €8,000 for anti-FC Köln chant

Ballack fined €8,000 for anti-FC Köln chant

Germany captain Michael Ballack has been fined €8,000 for yelling “Scheiß FC Köln” – a chant his Bayer Leverkusen club supporters hurl at their traditional rivals – through a megaphone.

Knut drowned after brain inflammation

Knut drowned after brain inflammation

Berlin Zoo's superstar polar bear Knut died from drowning after swelling in the brain caused him to collapse and fall into the pool in his enclosure, preliminary autopsy results showed Friday.

Stuttgart 21 exit strategies canvassed

Stuttgart 21 exit strategies canvassed

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn and the city of Stuttgart are reportedly discussing exit strategies from the €4.1-billion Stuttgart 21 project in the wake of the radically changed political climate following Sunday’s state election in Baden-Württemberg.

More welfare cheats slapped with fines

More welfare cheats slapped with fines

German authorities caught a record number of people cheating the Hartz IV welfare benefits system last year, according to a Friday news report.

Berlin party scene rallies to help family in need

Berlin party scene rallies to help family in need

Berlin’s party scene is holding a benefit event for the family of Frank Barnes, a British robot builder whose partner suffered serious injuries in childbirth. Hannah Cleaver has the details.

Germany and China call for Libya ceasefire

Germany and China call for Libya ceasefire

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has joined with China in calling for a ceasefire in Libya and insisting that the situation cannot be solved by “military means.”

Nuclear suspension faces court challenge by RWE

Nuclear suspension faces court challenge by RWE

Energy company RWE has become the first firm to launch a legal challenge against the Merkel government’s controversial three-month suspension of older nuclear reactors.

Knut to be skinned, plasticized by ‘Dr Death’

Knut to be skinned, plasticized by ‘Dr Death’

The skinless body of Berlin's beloved polar bear Knut will be plasticized and put on display by the notorious German anatomist Gunther von Hagens known as “Dr Death” – zoo officials announced on Friday.

Eurail and InterRail Passes: Where a journey becomes an adventure
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Eurail and InterRail Passes: Where a journey becomes an adventure

Whether it’s reading in the light of the Eiffel tower or discovering lavender fields in Croatia, taking the train gives you the opportunity to explore Europe at your own speed - and make friends along the way.