Engineers make cycling even greener

Engineers make cycling even greener

Cycling has always been considered a green form of transportation, but as Alexander Bakst reports, German engineers are hoping to make “organic” bikes from sustainable materials more popular.

Neuer confirms he’s leaving Schalke 04

Neuer confirms he’s leaving Schalke 04

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer wept openly on Wednesday as he explained why he will not extend his contract, which runs until 2012, at Champions League semi-finalists Schalke 04.

Polish offer to run nuclear power plant embarrasses RWE

Polish offer to run nuclear power plant embarrasses RWE

The Polish government has approached German energy giant RWE to help run a new nuclear power station, the business weekly Wirtschaftswoche reported as the company held a turbulent shareholders' meeting.

Firing of Jesus-loving call centre worker found kosher

Firing of Jesus-loving call centre worker found kosher

A labour court in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia has upheld the firing of a deeply religious call centre agent who ended calls with customers by saying “Jesus loves you.”

Deutsche Bahn loses case against rival bus service

Deutsche Bahn loses case against rival bus service

A court has ruled that Deutsche Bahn cannot protect its extensive bus services by stopping a start-up business which offers cheaper long-distance coach trips across Germany.

China’s Ai Weiwei named Berlin professor amid calls for his release

China’s Ai Weiwei named Berlin professor amid calls for his release

The arrested Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei will be made guest professor at Berlin’s University of the Arts (UdK), it was announced on Wednesday.

Flashmob to break Easter dance ban in Frankfurt

Flashmob to break Easter dance ban in Frankfurt

A flashmob is set to descend on central Frankfurt on Friday morning to deliberately break the law – by dancing in a public place between the hours of 4 am and 12 noon.

Turkish-German actress causes stir with Playboy shoot

Turkish-German actress causes stir with Playboy shoot

Sila Sahin, a Turkish-German TV actress, has caused a stir by posing nude for the German edition of Playboy. Family members are no longer talking with her but her German boyfriend is defending her decision to bare all.

Government will prompt welfare families to get help for children

Government will prompt welfare families to get help for children

So few recipients of Hartz IV welfare benefits have applied for financial help for their children that German Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen is preparing to write to each family to let them know what they are missing.

Koch-Mehrin plagiarism charges thicken

Koch-Mehrin plagiarism charges thicken

Silvana Koch-Mehrin, a leading light of Germany's Free Democratic Party and vice president of the European Parliament, has been accused of widely plagiarising her doctoral dissertation.

Berlin takes fifth national hockey title

Berlin takes fifth national hockey title

Berlin’s ice hockey team the Eisbären won the German championship on Tuesday night for the fifth time, beating Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg with a deciding goal in the 57th minute.