Chinese ‘invited’ for talks on detained artist Ai

Chinese ‘invited’ for talks on detained artist Ai

Germany has "invited" the Chinese ambassador for talks at the foreign ministry to press home Berlin's call for artist Ai Weiwei to be freed, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Wednesday.

The sad tooth: one in three people avoid dentists

The sad tooth: one in three people avoid dentists

Nearly one in three Germans don't visit a dentist regularly despite having health insurance, a survey by insurer Barmer GEK has found.

Galloping growth to hit 2.8 percent

Galloping growth to hit 2.8 percent

Germany’s stellar growth is set to continue at full steam, according to leading forecasters who are predicting Europe’s largest economy will grow by 2.8 percent, a media report said Wednesday.

Intelligence agency still keeping secrets on Eichmann

Intelligence agency still keeping secrets on Eichmann

Fifty years after Adolf Eichmann went on trial in Israel, Germany is still keeping mum on how much it knew before Mossad agents kidnapped the Nazi war criminal in Argentina in 1960.

Bavarian cowgirl udderly over the moon about leaping Luna

Bavarian cowgirl udderly over the moon about leaping Luna

Regina Mayer is a cowgirl in the true sense. After her parents refused to buy her a horse, she saddled up the next best thing.

Cabinet moves to erase child porn sites

Cabinet moves to erase child porn sites

The centre-right coalition cabinet has decided to remove online child pornography, burying an initiative to block it by former Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen, dubbed “Censorsula” by internet activists.

After Knut, Berlin Zoo loses young elephant

After Knut, Berlin Zoo loses young elephant

Barely a fortnight since the death of beloved polar bear Knut, the Berlin Zoo has lost another young animal – six-year-old Indian elephant Shaina Pali, according to media reports.

Germany can power itself, environment agency says

Germany can power itself, environment agency says

Contrary to previous reports that Germany needs electricity from abroad after suspending operations at eight ageing nuclear reactors, the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) said Wednesday that the country can power itself.

Commerzbank reveals €11-billion capital increase

Commerzbank reveals €11-billion capital increase

The German bank Commerzbank said Wednesday it would redeem €14.3 billion in silent participations held by the government by June, with a capital increase worth €11 billion.

Greens flying high with record voter approval

Greens flying high with record voter approval

The environmentalist Greens continue gaining popularity in Germany, where a new poll on Wednesday showed the party had reached their highest approval rating in history.

Schalke stun Inter Milan

Schalke stun Inter Milan

Schalke 04 coach Ralf Rangnick claimed his side had been rewarded for their attacking mentality as they stunned the reigning champions Inter Milan 5-2 at the San Siro on Tuesday night.