Every fifth German has a drinking problem

Every fifth German has a drinking problem

One in five Germans has an alcohol problem, a leading health expert has estimated at the launch of a “dramatic” new report into addiction on Tuesday.

After glorious sunny holiday weekend, rain returns

After glorious sunny holiday weekend, rain returns

Germans flocked outdoors to enjoy a foretaste of summer over the Easter holiday weekend, but the country can expect cooler weather and showers in the coming days.

British royal wedding set for mass exposure

British royal wedding set for mass exposure

With the nuptials of Britain’s Prince William and his betrothed, Kate Middleton, set for Friday, royal family fanatics have a wealth of options to watch the ceremony in Germany – including a wedding-themed vacation in the North Sea.

Gwyneth Paltrow says her German granny was ‘mean as hell’

Gwyneth Paltrow says her German granny was ‘mean as hell’

Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow has shocked her fans by attacking her late German grandmother for being “mean as hell” and full of hate.

Industry blasts Merkel’s ‘disorientated’ coalition

Industry blasts Merkel’s ‘disorientated’ coalition

Germany's top industry body launched an unusually frank attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Tuesday, openly calling it directionless and demanding it pick up the ball on much-needed changes such as tax reform.

Carmakers slam Greens’ Kretschmann

Carmakers slam Greens’ Kretschmann

The auto industry hit back on Tuesday at the Greens premier-designate in Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, over his weekend suggestion that the German industry needed to shrink in the interests of the environment.

All in the (royal) family

All in the (royal) family

With William and Kate wedding mania reaching fever pitch, Roger Boyes, Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, looks at Germany’s bad case of royal envy.

Petrol station charges €9.99 a litre for gas

Petrol station charges €9.99 a litre for gas

Police were called after a petrol station near Stuttgart began charging €9.99 per litre ($40 per gallon) of super gasoline amid dwindling supplies on Easter Monday.

Low-paid ‘mini-jobs’ on the rise

Low-paid ‘mini-jobs’ on the rise

A soaring number of Germans are working in so-called “mini-jobs,” according to official figures that show another side to the booming economy, media reported Tuesday.

Sarrazin pardon sparks fierce SPD backlash

Sarrazin pardon sparks fierce SPD backlash

There was mounting resentment Tuesday among centre-left Social Democrats against the party’s decision not to expel Thilo Sarrazin over his incendiary statements on immigration.

Tougher crime laws to follow U-Bahn bashing

Tougher crime laws to follow U-Bahn bashing

Members of Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union will pursue tougher sentencing laws for violent crime in the wake of Saturday’s brutal bashing at a Berlin U-Bahn station.