Ballack left out of squad – again

Ballack left out of squad – again

Michael Ballack's international exile continues after he was left out of the 23-man Germany squad announced Thursday for the friendly against Uruguay and next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Lena fatigue dampens interest in Eurovision

Lena fatigue dampens interest in Eurovision

Television networks ARD and ProSieben are struggling to drum up interest for the early rounds of the Eurovision Song Contest, with apparent “Lena fatigue” affecting the lead-up to the Saturday’s final in Düsseldorf.

Activist couple rewarded for sole resistance to neo-Nazis

Activist couple rewarded for sole resistance to neo-Nazis

A couple who offer the sole resistance in an East German village dominated by neo-Nazis, has been given the prestigious Paul Spiegel Award for Civic Courage.

Judge fines frog-killer for illegal gun possession

Judge fines frog-killer for illegal gun possession

A man who was so irritated by the croaking of his neighbour’s frogs that he shot two of them was fined €1,500 by a German court on Thursday, for illegal possession of firearms.

What’s on in Germany: May 12 – 18

What’s on in Germany: May 12 – 18

This Week's Highlights: New sculptures in Cologne, a Wagner festival in Leipzig, and Naughty By Nature takes the mic in Munich.

Kretschmann sworn in as first Green premier

Kretschmann sworn in as first Green premier

Winfried Kretschmann was sworn in as state premier of Baden-Württemberg on Thursday, the first Green politician to hold such an office, after turfing out the conservative Christian Democratic Union who had held power there for nearly 60 years.

Nazi guard Demjanjuk convicted but set free

Nazi guard Demjanjuk convicted but set free

Former Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk was set free by a Munich court on Thursday, despite receiving a five-year jail term for helping to murder at least 28,000 people at Sobibor death camp in Poland.

Hochtief managers bow before Spanish owners

Hochtief managers bow before Spanish owners

Germany’s biggest construction company Hochtief was effectively taken over by Spanish firm ACS on Thursday after the last opponent on the supervisory board bowed to the greater power of ACS and said he would not stand for re-election.

BMW pays big bonuses for bumper 2010

BMW pays big bonuses for bumper 2010

In a sign of the soaring fortunes of the auto industry, BMW is paying a hefty bonus to its workers after a two-year break in profit-sharing, the company announced on Thursday.

Germany slams Denmark over border control

Germany slams Denmark over border control

Germany has slammed Denmark’s unilateral decision to reintroduce tighter border controls, warning that it breaches Europe’s cherished Schengen agreement allowing free movement.

Food prices on the rise as inflation tops two percent

Food prices on the rise as inflation tops two percent

Food prices in Germany increased dramatically over the last year, with coffee and chips up to 40 percent more expensive this year than in 2010 according to a study by information service Preiszeiger.

German ice hockey hopes melt in face of red-hot Swedes

German ice hockey hopes melt in face of red-hot Swedes

German ice hockey hopes melted on Wednesday night as the national team were thoroughly beaten 2:5 by giants Sweden, ending the Teutonic world championship campaign in the quarter final.

Koch-Mehrin resigns due to plagiarism row

Koch-Mehrin resigns due to plagiarism row

Free Democrats MEP Silvana Koch-Mehrin resigned from all her party positions, and her job as Vice President of the European Parliament on Wednesday evening in the wake of a scandal of alleged plagiarism in her doctoral thesis.

Call goes out for bird census volunteers this weekend

Call goes out for bird census volunteers this weekend

Germans are being asked to spy on their neighbours over the weekend and report them to the authorities – but rather than an intrusive extension of this year's official census, it's an annual bird count.