Aachen employs smart phones to bust illegal parkers

Aachen employs smart phones to bust illegal parkers

Authorities in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Aachen are clamping down on illegal parking by using cameras on smart phones to make it almost impossible to challenge a citation.

Caffeine powder for energy drinks probed

Caffeine powder for energy drinks probed

Berlin authorities are investigating a caffeine powder meant to be mixed into drinks, amid allegations that it could be dangerous and confused with drugs like cocaine.

C as in cocked-up campaign poster

C as in cocked-up campaign poster

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats are being ridiculed in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for a nonsensical campaign poster with the slogan: “C as in Future.”

Train driver sues parents of suicide victim

Train driver sues parents of suicide victim

A train driver who ran over a young man presumed to have committed suicide by throwing himself onto the tracks, is demanding compensation from the dead man’s parents, media reported Wednesday.

FDP wallows at record low despite shakeup

FDP wallows at record low despite shakeup

Philipp Rösler's leadership of the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) has failed to lift the party's fortunes, with a new poll showing support sinking back to a record low of 3 percent.

Daimler posts record Q2 results, sees strong 2011

Daimler posts record Q2 results, sees strong 2011

German automaker Daimler boasted record results for the second quarter of 2011, and forecast Wednesday that full-year sales would come to more than €100 billion ($145 million).

One killed, 15 injured in Bavarian bus crash

One killed, 15 injured in Bavarian bus crash

One person was killed and 15 others injured, some seriously, when a Czech tourist bus crashed in Bavaria overnight.

Friedrich warns of hidden far-right threat

Friedrich warns of hidden far-right threat

In the wake of the Norwegian massacre, German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has warned that Germany is also endangered by right-wing extremists who go undetected.

German workers retiring later in life

German workers retiring later in life

Workers in Germany are retiring later, new figures reveal, providing welcome news amid fears that Europe’s largest economy will suffer in years to come because of its ageing population.

States, union call for more immigrant police

States, union call for more immigrant police

State governments and the police union are pushing for more police officers to be recruited from immigrant communities to help combat extremism in all forms.