Greens’ rise muddies political landscape

Greens’ rise muddies political landscape

Germany’s politicians are struggling to get a grip on the country's changing political landscape after Bremen's state election confirmed the continuing surge of the environmentalist Greens at the expense of other parties.

Germany fails to find credible IMF candidate

Germany fails to find credible IMF candidate

Despite being Europe's top economy, Germany looks set to show, yet again, that it has no viable candidate for a top job at an important global institution – including the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Can ‘elite’ Kitas fill Germany’s day-care gap?

Can ‘elite’ Kitas fill Germany’s day-care gap?

As Germany struggles to expand public day care, the market for private Kitas has boomed in recent years. Chris Cottrell takes a look at the controversial phenomenon of the “elite” crèche.

Police probe fire cutting Berlin trains and phones

Police probe fire cutting Berlin trains and phones

Federal police are investigating a cable fire which disabled much of Berlin’s commuter train network on Monday morning and disrupted phone services, amid fears that it could have been an act of sabotage.

Microsoft starts filming for ‘Streetside’ online map service

Microsoft starts filming for ‘Streetside’ online map service

US software giant Microsoft began photographing more than 50 German cities for its online map service “Streetside” on Monday, setting up a potential confrontation with privacy groups across the country.

Trier abbot calls for monk’s abuse victims to come forward

Trier abbot calls for monk’s abuse victims to come forward

A German abbot has appealed to his congregation for people who were abused by a monk in the 1970s and 1980s to come forward.

Germany mediating US-Taliban talks: report

Germany mediating US-Taliban talks: report

Germany is helping mediate secret, direct talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban, with meetings taking place on German soil, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

Stasi files chief says GDR was more than spies

Stasi files chief says GDR was more than spies

Roland Jahn, the new head of the archive housing the former East German secret police files, wants to shift attention from the Stasi to the rest of the communist dictatorship in an attempt to better understand how it worked.

Wind power could be stored in water under the Harz mountains

Wind power could be stored in water under the Harz mountains

Plans are being developed to store energy generated by wind turbines in water pump storage facilities to be built in former mine shafts under the mountains of the Harz region.

Scientists hunt source of life-threatening stomach bug

Scientists hunt source of life-threatening stomach bug

Public health officials in northern Germany are trying to trace the origins of an outbreak of life-threatening diarrhoea which has infected around 80 people, putting many of them in intensive care.