Wagner festival opens with taboo-shattering Israeli performance

Wagner festival opens with taboo-shattering Israeli performance

Germany's 100th Wagner opera festival kicked off in Bayreuth on Monday in an edition that will include a taboo-busting performance by an Israeli orchestra.

New York’s MoMA to toast Berlinale boss with foodie film fest

New York’s MoMA to toast Berlinale boss with foodie film fest

New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will put on a culinary cinema series next month to honour the head of the Berlin film festival, Dieter Kosslick, organisers said Monday.

Germans court Syrian uprising amid crackdown

Germans court Syrian uprising amid crackdown

German diplomats have met with Syrian opposition figures in Damascus and Berlin in recent weeks as the EU demands an end to a crackdown on protesters, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.

Website deflates writers full of hot air

Website deflates writers full of hot air

A German computer whiz has created a website that he claims can determine whether a writer is full of hot air. Two texts that don’t pass the BS test: the Bible and the party platform of the pro-business Free Democrats.

Week gets off to a cool and rainy start

Week gets off to a cool and rainy start

Germany faces a cool and rainy start to the week, but the low pressure system interrupting summer is slowly starting to dissipate, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Deutsche Bahn signs renewable energy deal with RWE

Deutsche Bahn signs renewable energy deal with RWE

Germany's national railway Deutsche Bahn (DB) and power company RWE on Monday signed a 15-year hydro-electric energy contract worth €1.3 billion ($1.9 billion).

Berlin doubles aid to combat African famine

Berlin doubles aid to combat African famine

Germany is doubling its help to famine-plagued East Africa, offering €30 million in emergency assistance for food and other supplies.

Scandal-plagued insurer accused of ethnic discrimination

Scandal-plagued insurer accused of ethnic discrimination

A subsidiary of a German insurance company under fire for a controversial company sex party has now been accused of denying auto insurance to foreigners.

Norway killer considered Merkel a target

Norway killer considered Merkel a target

The man responsible for killing nearly 100 people in Norway saw German politicians as possible murder targets, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German expat helped save people fleeing Norway shooting

German expat helped save people fleeing Norway shooting

While Norway mourns the deaths of 93 people in one of the worst mass-murders in modern history, the country is honouring those who put their lives at risk to stop the killings – including a German man, Marcel Gleffe.