Shareholders back Deutsche Börse merger

Shareholders back Deutsche Börse merger

Shareholders controlling more than 80 percent of German stock market operator Deutsche Börse approved Thursday a merger with NYSE Euronext to create the world's biggest stock exchange.

Arms deals raise human rights questions

Arms deals raise human rights questions

Arms deals with Saudi Arabia and Angola have sparked widespread outrage in Germany and highlighted the country's emergence as the world's third-largest weapons exporter. But is Berlin guilty of hypocrisy or just poor political judgement?

RWE joins forces with Gazprom for power play

RWE joins forces with Gazprom for power play

Russian gas giant Gazprom and Germany's number two utilities group RWE said on Thursday they are looking to form a strategic partnership to jointly construct power plants in Europe.

Fallen media mogul Leo Kirch dies

Fallen media mogul Leo Kirch dies

German media mogul Leo Kirch died on Thursday at the age of 84, ending the spectacular rise and fall of a man who built an empire only to see it crumble.

Living in a dying city

Living in a dying city

Hoyerswerda is Germany's fastest shrinking city – and a potential trailblazer for other communities facing demographic collapse. Caitlan Carroll reports on how its residents are trying to cope.

Merkel visits Nigeria amid patrol boat row

Merkel visits Nigeria amid patrol boat row

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met the president of oil-and-gas rich Nigeria on Thursday after her earlier visit to Angola sparked controversy over an offer to sell the African country patrol boats.

Another FDP politician stripped of doctorate in plagiarism affair

Another FDP politician stripped of doctorate in plagiarism affair

Another high-profile politician of the pro-business Free Democratic Party, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, has been stripped of his university doctorate amid a plagiarism scandal but has vowed to write another thesis if necessary.

What’s on in Germany: July 14 – July 20

What’s on in Germany: July 14 – July 20

This Week's Highlights: A Bollywood festival comes to Stuttgart, Hamburg hosts a triathlon, and the Alvin Ailey Company dances in Berlin.

Families go grey with granny au pairs

Families go grey with granny au pairs

In Germany the idea of a teenager spending a few months abroad looking after someone else's children while she studies or travels has given rise to a new concept – the granny au pair.

Heavy storms sweep across Bavaria

Heavy storms sweep across Bavaria

Hurricane-like winds and heavy rains caused hundreds of thousands of euros in damage in Bavaria overnight - the second time this week that wild weather has hit the southern German state.

Power outage throws Hannover into chaos

Power outage throws Hannover into chaos

A major power failure caused chaos in Hannover and the neighbouring town of Langenhagen Wednesday night as vandals smashed storefronts and looted goods, authorities said.

US, Japan to face-off in epic finals clash

US, Japan to face-off in epic finals clash

Japan and the United States set up a clash for the biggest prize in women's football after seeing off European hopefuls Sweden and France by identical 3-1 scorelines in Wednesday's semi-finals at the World Cup.