Merkel hails eurozone rescue deal for Greece

Merkel hails eurozone rescue deal for Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed a new rescue package for Greece and other heavily indebted eurozone countries late on Thursday, calling it crucial to ensuring Europe’s future.

Stuttgart 21 passes test as opponents baulk

Stuttgart 21 passes test as opponents baulk

The conflict over the Stuttgart 21 railway project flared up again on Thursday when opponents to the plan said they would not take part in the presentation of a ‘stress test’ report on how it would function, branding it nothing more than a show.

Thais refuse to pay guarantee on prince’s seized jet

Thais refuse to pay guarantee on prince’s seized jet

Thailand's foreign minister on Thursday ruled out paying a multi-million dollar bank guarantee to secure the release of the Thai crown prince's jet, which has been impounded in Germany.

Porsche mulls update of James Dean’s 550 Spyder

Porsche mulls update of James Dean’s 550 Spyder

German luxury carmaker Porsche is mulling a reissue of the iconic 550 Spyder model owned by US actor James Dean, boss Matthias Müller told the business daily Handelsblatt on Thursday.

Ships turn to private security to fight pirates

Ships turn to private security to fight pirates

German ships braving the waters off Somalia will now be able to officially employ private security firms to fight off attacks by pirates, after the government admitted it could not provide the protection itself.

Woman killed in Hesse house explosion

Woman killed in Hesse house explosion

Police have found the body of a 62-year-old woman killed in an explosion that tore apart her house in the southern Hessian municipality of Münster, police said on Thursday.

Groundswell grows to name new tunnel for spaghetti western star

Groundswell grows to name new tunnel for spaghetti western star

Officials in Schwäbisch Gmünd in Baden-Württemberg have been surprised to discover their public search for name for a new tunnel has been hijacked by an online campaign hoping to honour spaghetti western actor Bud Spencer.

UN initiative declares global warming a threat to world peace

UN initiative declares global warming a threat to world peace

The United Nations Security Council has declared that global warming is a threat to world peace and stability, in what has been greeted as a diplomatic triumph by the current council chair Germany.

What’s on in Germany: July 21 – July 27

What’s on in Germany: July 21 – July 27

This Week's Highlights: Pyrotechnics in Munich, silent film in Hamburg, and sound art in Berlin.

Germany ‘missed its chance’ to attract skilled eastern Europeans

Germany ‘missed its chance’ to attract skilled eastern Europeans

Germany is not attracting enough immigrants, despite lifting work restrictions in May, latest figures show, leading to criticism of a chance wasted in 2004 when other European countries opened their borders to eastern neighbours.

Nazi Heß exhumed, ashes to be scattered at sea

Nazi Heß exhumed, ashes to be scattered at sea

The body of Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Heß has been exhumed from the Bavarian cemetery where it was buried in the 1980s, in an effort to deprive neo-Nazis of a pilgrimage site.

Germany, France break euro bailout deadlock

Germany, France break euro bailout deadlock

Germany and France broke their deadlock over a new bailout for Greece ahead of an emergency eurozone summit on Thursday aimed at saving the euro from the worst crisis in its 12-year history.

Seeking a salty soaking

Seeking a salty soaking

Summer in Germany is lovely, except for when it isn’t. Never fear: if you’ve hit a grey and rainy patch, a trip to the spa is sure to warm you up. Sally McGrane checks out the WerratalTherme in Hesse.