Bundeswehr begins new era as conscription ends

Bundeswehr begins new era as conscription ends

Germany’s armed forces has officially ended conscription, heralding a new era for the now all-volunteer Bundeswehr.

Lonely Star State: Texan Germans dwindling

Lonely Star State: Texan Germans dwindling

Countless German immigrants moved to Texas in the 1800s, forming their own unique culture. With their language now near extinction, Moises Mendoza spoke to some of the last speakers and a professor trying to preserve it.

Youth hostel arises in former Nazi holiday resort on Baltic Sea

Youth hostel arises in former Nazi holiday resort on Baltic Sea

The Prora beach resort on the German island of Rügen in the Baltic Sea was supposed to be a vacation spot for Nazis and their families. Now, following years of neglect, part of the massive complex has been turned into a youth hostel.

Otto von Habsburg, heir to Austria’s last emperor, dies at 98

Otto von Habsburg, heir to Austria’s last emperor, dies at 98

Otto von Habsburg, the eldest son of Austria's last emperor who became a champion of Europe's enlargement as a Bavarian politician, died Monday in Germany at the age of 98.

Berlin woman dies at Roskilde Festival

Berlin woman dies at Roskilde Festival

Danish police on Monday were investigating the death of a woman from Berlin, who plunged naked to her death from a tower at the Roskilde music festival.

UK intel: Berlin and Paris wanted to exploit Blair-Brown feud

UK intel: Berlin and Paris wanted to exploit Blair-Brown feud

Britain's intelligence chiefs warned prime minister Tony Blair that Germany and France planned to exploit his feud with then finance minister Gordon Brown, his former media chief said Monday.

VW secures majority stake in MAN trucks

VW secures majority stake in MAN trucks

Volkswagen, the biggest European automaker, said on Monday that it now holds a majority of the heavy truck maker MAN, a key step towards the creation of a third European truck giant.

Westerwelle calls for closer Turkey ties to EU

Westerwelle calls for closer Turkey ties to EU

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is calling for deeper integration with Turkey, arguing that the country deserves greater support as it makes a bid to join the European Union.

Coalition agrees to tax cuts in 2013

Coalition agrees to tax cuts in 2013

After weeks of disagreement, Germany’s center-right government has agreed on cuts to taxes and social security contributions, although full details are to become known later this year.

Members of French women’s football team pose naked

Members of French women’s football team pose naked

With France set to face defending champions and hosts Germany at the women's World Cup on Tuesday, members of the French squad have posed naked for pictures to draw attention to their sport.