What’s on in Germany: May 26 – June 1

What’s on in Germany: May 26 – June 1

This week’s highlights: Contemporary design in Berlin, classic cars in Hamburg, and a night of music in Munich.

Greece approaches Telekom on OTE sale

Greece approaches Telekom on OTE sale

The Greek government on Thursday approached Germany's Deutsche Telekom to discuss the sale of the state's remaining stake in Balkans telecoms giant OTE.

Big petrol firms inflating prices, watchdog says

Big petrol firms inflating prices, watchdog says

Motorists in Germany are paying too much for petrol because the five major fuel companies are informally collaborating on prices, the competition watchdog announced Thursday.

Police arrest 11 in people-smuggling ring

Police arrest 11 in people-smuggling ring

Police in Germany said Thursday they had smashed a people-smuggling ring that brought an estimated 2,000 people into the European Union illegally in the last three years.

WWII bomb discovery causes massive evacuation in Berlin

WWII bomb discovery causes massive evacuation in Berlin

Berlin’s Kreuzberg district on Thursday faced a massive evacuation effort that let to the removal of thousands and the disruption of transport after construction workers found a 250-kilogramme bomb from World War II.

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Nine children injured in Hesse bus blaze

Nine school children were injured, three of them seriously, when a fire broke out on a tour bus on the A4 motorway in Hesse on Thursday, police said.

Deadly E. coli found in Spanish cucumbers

Deadly E. coli found in Spanish cucumbers

Cucumbers from Spain have been identified as a source of the deadly E. coli outbreak gripping Germany, health officials announced Thursday.

Merkel calls for global nuclear reactor tests

Merkel calls for global nuclear reactor tests

Chancellor Angela Merkel called on the rest of the world to carry out atomic reactor “stress tests” and demanded the G8 take a leading role in nuclear security on Thursday, ahead of a meeting of the group of leading nations.

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One dead after teens set themselves on fire

Two German teenagers set themselves on fire in an apparent suicide bid which left one of them dead and the other seriously hurt, prosecutors in North Rhine-Westphalia said Thursday.

Ash airspace closure possibly unnecessary

Ash airspace closure possibly unnecessary

The closure of German airspace due to the threat from a volcano ash cloud may have been unnecessary, with authorities making an off-the-cuff decision on flimsy data, a media report said on Thursday.

Schäuble shares ECB’s concerns on Greek debt

Schäuble shares ECB’s concerns on Greek debt

The European Union can help Greece but a restructuring of its debt would pose grave risks, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Thursday, narrowing differences with the European Central Bank (ECB).

MPs push for national smoking ban

MPs push for national smoking ban

Bundestag members from all sides of politics are joining forces to push for uniform anti-smoking laws nationwide, going up against entrenched opposition in many parts of the country.

Man points gas pistol at Frankfurt Airport police

Man points gas pistol at Frankfurt Airport police

A disturbed man, possibly under the influence of cocaine, penetrated the security area of Frankfurt Airport and pointed a gas gun at German police officers, in the latest in a series of security scares at Germany's largest air hub.

Berlin club scene wants culture high

Berlin club scene wants culture high

Members of Berlin's music scene are campaigning for the German capital's legendary club culture to be treated like theatre or opera by city officials.