Matthäus’ foul-mouthed ‘Loddar-speak’ becomes web hit

Matthäus’ foul-mouthed ‘Loddar-speak’ becomes web hit

Former German football star Lothar Matthäus has become a Youtube hit with a foul-mouthed rant in broken English at presenters from the Arabic network Al Jazeera.

Allianz Q1 profit hit by Japan disaster

Allianz Q1 profit hit by Japan disaster

Germany's Allianz became on Wednesday the latest insurance giant to see its profits hit by claims related to a string of natural disasters, most notably Japan's monster earthquake and tsunami.

Scientists invent packaging able to detect bad food

Scientists invent packaging able to detect bad food

German scientists have developed a special plastic film that changes colour in contact with rotting food, possibly soon making bad meat or fish from the supermarket a thing of the past.

Riot police attack undercover cops at May Day protest

Riot police attack undercover cops at May Day protest

Authorities are investigating why two plain-clothes police officers were beaten and pepper-sprayed by their uniformed colleagues during May Day protests in Berlin.

Court orders overhaul of preventive detention

Court orders overhaul of preventive detention

Convicted sex offenders and murderers held in preventive detention to protect society may have to be released by the end of the year after Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday their detention was unconstitutional.

Sarrazin blasts SPD immigrant quota plan

Sarrazin blasts SPD immigrant quota plan

Former Bundesbank executive Thilo Sarrazin has made further inflammatory remarks about immigrants just days after he was given a reprieve by his own Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Bachelor’s degree sufficient for good job prospects, study finds

Bachelor’s degree sufficient for good job prospects, study finds

German bachelor’s degree-holders have good job and education prospects despite the degree’s poor reputation, a study has found.

Berlin swimming pool hosts underwater opera

Berlin swimming pool hosts underwater opera

A specially composed opera with a difference premiered in a Berlin swimming pool this week, with singers performing in and out and even under the water.

Merkel slammed for joy over bin Laden killing

Merkel slammed for joy over bin Laden killing

Several German politicians on Wednesday criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel for expressing joy over the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, saying it sent the wrong message.

Greens gaining on Merkel’s conservatives

Greens gaining on Merkel’s conservatives

Germany’s highflying environmentalist Greens are breathing down the neck of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, narrowing the gap in their support to just three percentage points in a new opinion poll released on Wednesday.

Egypt to demand Nefertiti bust’s return officially

Egypt to demand Nefertiti bust’s return officially

Egypt officials have said they will make a formal request to Germany for the return of the 3,400 year-old bust of fabled Queen Nefertiti, but Germany said the bust will remain in Berlin.