Hamburg metro braces for boozy Facebook party

Hamburg metro braces for boozy Facebook party

The northern German city of Hamburg is bracing for a mass drunken party organised via Facebook on its metro system in September, a day before an alcohol ban on trains starts, authorities said Thursday.

Industry frets about nuclear energy phaseout

Industry frets about nuclear energy phaseout

Following Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to phase out of nuclear power by 2022, major energy-consuming companies say the decision puts Germany’s international competitiveness at risk.

Watching women’s football – it’s just no fun

Watching women’s football – it’s just no fun

Germany is about to host the Women's World Cup and Sonia Phalnikar couldn't care less – a tough thing to admit for someone considering herself both a feminist and a football fan. A commentary.

Army admits shooting, driving problems

Army admits shooting, driving problems

The Bundeswehr is in danger of failing its mission in Afghanistan because German soldiers cannot use their weapons, drive their armoured vehicles or take care of their wounded properly, according to classified internal documents.

Koch-Mehrin gets European research post after losing doctorate

Koch-Mehrin gets European research post after losing doctorate

Free Democratic European MEP Silvana Koch-Mehrin, who recently had her doctorate withdrawn for plagiarism, has been promoted to a European Parliamentary committee responsible for research.

Site exposing Guttenberg plagiarism wins award

Site exposing Guttenberg plagiarism wins award

The internet site which exposed the massive plagiarism in the then Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s doctoral thesis, forcing his resignation, has won a prestigious media award.

Study: Germany’s E. coli was a deadly genetic mix

Study: Germany’s E. coli was a deadly genetic mix

A strain of E. coli bacteria which killed dozens of people in Germany is a genetic mix whose ability to stick to intestinal walls may have made it so lethal, a study in The Lancet said on Wednesday.

What’s on in Germany: June 23 – June 29

What’s on in Germany: June 23 – June 29

This Week's Highlights: Christopher Street Day in Berlin, Art Week in Hamburg, and TV on the Radio play in Munich.

Two killed as storm front batters Germany

Two killed as storm front batters Germany

Two people were killed, several people injured and thousands more had their electricity cut after a storm front causing hundreds of thousands of euros of damage battered Germany on Wednesday night.

Ai Weiwei’s release must be first step says Merkel

Ai Weiwei’s release must be first step says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that China's release of dissident artist Ai Weiwei on bail must be just a first step, calling for the charges against him to be clearly explained.

Insurance may have to pay if accident driver is drunk enough

Insurance may have to pay if accident driver is drunk enough

Drivers who crash their own cars when drunk cannot expect their insurers to pay up, the German Federal Court has ruled – but a loophole still remains which means that a driver who is drunk out of their minds could rightfully make a claim.