Eight motorists dead after freak sandstorm

Eight motorists dead after freak sandstorm

At least eight people died Friday in a huge blaze on a motorway in eastern Germany after a freak sandstorm caused pile-ups, police said.

Reichstag dome reopening for tourists after terror alert

Reichstag dome reopening for tourists after terror alert

One of Berlin’s most popular tourist attractions, the dome at the Reichstag parliamentary building, will be reopened to tourists on April 21 after being closed due to security concerns for the last several months.

Berlin zooms in on Euro-Iranian bank

Berlin zooms in on Euro-Iranian bank

The German government is tightening its monitoring of the Hamburg-based European-Iranian Trade Bank, which was at the centre of a controversy this week regarding Indian purchases of Iranian oil.

Merkel ‘Berlusconizing’ politics, philosopher claims

Merkel ‘Berlusconizing’ politics, philosopher claims

One of Germany’s most famous living philosophers, Jürgen Habermas, has accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of “Berlusconizing” the political landscape with her brazen efforts to hold power at all costs.

Exports remain strong with 2.7 percent rise

Exports remain strong with 2.7 percent rise

German exports picked up in February after a decline in January, official figures showed Friday, another sign of sustained economic activity in Europe's powerhouse.

Boring Steinmeier charms his way back into Germany’s heart

Boring Steinmeier charms his way back into Germany’s heart

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the owlish Social Democrat deemed too boring to be chancellor when he ran against Angela Merkel in 2009, is now the most popular politician in the country, a poll revealed Friday.

No babies for cross-eyed opossum Heidi, zoo says

No babies for cross-eyed opossum Heidi, zoo says

Germany’s beloved cross-eyed opossum Heidi will have to do without romance for the time being, the Leipzig Zoo said Friday. There are no plans to breed the furry marsupial just yet.

Court defends magazine ‘rich lists’

Court defends magazine ‘rich lists’

The media have the right to publish the estimated fortunes of the super-rich, a Munich court ruled this week in a landmark decision pitting privacy against the public’s right to know.

Police job dissatisfaction on the rise, union says

Police job dissatisfaction on the rise, union says

The police union has warned of growing dissatisfaction among officers ahead of a survey to be released Friday that shows the depth of police anger about pay and conditions.

Dortmund star bets haircut on Bundesliga title

Dortmund star bets haircut on Bundesliga title

With Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund facing a tough clash at Hamburg on Saturday, Germany midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz insists he will only cut his hair once his team lift the title.

Bundeswehr bound for Libya peace mission

Bundeswehr bound for Libya peace mission

After refusing to contribute to an armed intervention in Libya, Germany is set to send troops on a humanitarian mission, with major party leaders saying Friday they would support such a plan.