ThyssenKrupp ship joint venture runs aground

ThyssenKrupp ship joint venture runs aground

German steel group ThyssenKrupp said on Friday that talks to create a broad joint venture with Abu Dhabi MAR had broken down, a setback for the German company's plans to reduce debt.

Justice minister demands EU probe Danish border controls

Justice minister demands EU probe Danish border controls

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has sharply criticised Denmark’s decision to reintroduce border controls and demanded EU officials take action against the Scandinavian country.

Greens call for action on ‘toxic’ dildos

Greens call for action on ‘toxic’ dildos

The environmentalist Greens have a new worry for the German people on top of nuclear power and GM food: the toxic dangers inherent in dildos, vibrators, butt plugs and other sex toys.

Women’s World Cup sees record television audience

Women’s World Cup sees record television audience

The Women's World Cup is proving popular in football-mad Germany as nearly 20 million viewers tuned in to watch the host team beat Nigeria and set a new television record.

Leipzig Zoo unveils new home for Heidi the cross-eyed opossum

Leipzig Zoo unveils new home for Heidi the cross-eyed opossum

The jungle enclosure Gondwanaland at Leipzig Zoo opened Friday with crowds packing in to see its star attraction, Heidi the cross-eyed opossum.

The South rises again – in eastern Germany

The South rises again – in eastern Germany

As America marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the US Civil War this year, German history buffs have been re-enacting the bloody battles between the Union and Confederacy. Caitlan Carroll reports.

Munich to enforce dedicated bike parking

Munich to enforce dedicated bike parking

With footpaths increasingly clogged with chained-up bicycles, the city of Munich is set to mandate bike parking spaces be installed at newly constructed buildings. It's a positive step, but cyclists around Germany deserve even more, one expert says.

Former Bundesbank boss Weber to lead UBS

Former Bundesbank boss Weber to lead UBS

Swiss banking giant UBS said Friday it is planning for former German central bank chief Axel Weber to take over as its next chairman, saying that he will be nominated to the board in 2012 before taking over the top post in 2013.

Friedrich warns of political violence

Friedrich warns of political violence

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich warned on Friday that both right and left-wing extremists pose a growing threat to the nation’s security, even though political violence actually decreased last year.

Merkel pressing Olympic bid with letter, Africa visit

Merkel pressing Olympic bid with letter, Africa visit

German chancellor Angela Merkel has written a personal letter urging International Olympic Committee (IOC) members to award the 2018 Winter Olympics to Munich.

Germany beats Nigeria, heads to quarter-finals

Germany beats Nigeria, heads to quarter-finals

Germany joined France in the quarter-finals of the women's World Cup from Group A after the hosts and defending champions spluttered to a 1-0 win over Nigeria on Thursday.