Nokia and Siemens keep NSN joint venture

Nokia and Siemens keep NSN joint venture

German industrial giant Siemens and Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia will continue with their Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) venture after failing to find buyers for part of it, NSN said on Wednesday.

Germany to fund new coal plants with climate change cash

Germany to fund new coal plants with climate change cash

The German government wants to encourage the construction of new coal and gas power plants with millions of euros from a fund for promoting clean energy and combating climate change.

Thai crown prince’s plane seized at Munich airport in debt dispute

Thai crown prince’s plane seized at Munich airport in debt dispute

German authorities have seized a Boeing 737 aeroplane controlled by Thailand's crown prince at Munich airport, saying the Thai government owes money to a now insolvent German construction company.

Doctor fined for killing UK patient keeps licence

Doctor fined for killing UK patient keeps licence

A German doctor who killed an English patient with an accidental morphine overdose has been fined €7,000, but frustrated medical authorities say they do not have the power to strip him of his licence to practice.

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei accepts position at Berlin university

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei accepts position at Berlin university

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has accepted a guest professorship at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK), it said Wednesday, although it was unclear when he will be able to take up the post.

Germany rejects need for eurozone crisis summit

Germany rejects need for eurozone crisis summit

Germany on Wednesday played down the need for a crisis summit of eurozone leaders in response to eurozone debt debt contagion, saying finance ministers were already working on a rescue plan.

Priests no more likely to commit sex abuse than other men, researcher says

Priests no more likely to commit sex abuse than other men, researcher says

Catholic priests, despite the community suspicion fuelled by widespread child sex abuse revelations, are no more likely to be paedophiles than other men, a top criminologist investigating Church abuse in Germany has said.

Few recruits sign up for new voluntary civic service

Few recruits sign up for new voluntary civic service

Charities and non-profit groups are battling to cope with a dramatic fall in the number of young recruits since civilian conscription was scrapped and replaced with a voluntary scheme, media reported Wednesday.

Berlin mayor wants to make Olympics bid

Berlin mayor wants to make Olympics bid

Less than a week after Munich’s Winter Olympics bid was defeated, Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit said he wants the German capital to host the Summer Games.

Germany opposes EU plan to soften asylum regulations

Germany opposes EU plan to soften asylum regulations

Amid a sharp rise in the number of asylum-seekers arriving in Europe, the German government has rejected a move by the European Union to relax immigration laws.

Muslims call for imams in the German military

Muslims call for imams in the German military

Muslim leaders have slammed the lack of an Islamic spiritual counsellor in the German armed forces in spite of the fact that an estimated 1,200 Muslims serve in the Bundeswehr.

CDU in teen-style Facebook party blunder

CDU in teen-style Facebook party blunder

A regional branch of the conservative Christian Democratic Union has cancelled its summer party after making the same blunder as excitable teenagers: it posted an invitation on Facebook and forgot to click “private.”