Stuttgart 21 arbitration ends in acrimony

Stuttgart 21 arbitration ends in acrimony

The saga of attempted conciliation between opponents and supporters of the Stuttgart 21 project has reached an end with no compromise and with opponents insisting that “stress tests” on the massive rail plans were rigged.

BMW unveils electric and hybrid concept cars

BMW unveils electric and hybrid concept cars

Six weeks before the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW has unveiled concept vehicles that the company hopes will make it a trend-setter in the electric car business.

Miserable weather looms for the weekend

Miserable weather looms for the weekend

After heavy rains caused havoc in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in recent days, it was northeastern Germany’s turn for drenching on Friday, with downpours hammering Berlin and coastal areas.

Retail sales surge

Retail sales surge

Retail sales in Germany, the biggest European economy, gained a surprise 6.3 percent in June, provisional figures released Friday showed.

Greens revive calls for gay marriage

Greens revive calls for gay marriage

The opposition Greens have re-opened the issue of gay marriage in Germany, calling for same-sex partners to have the same rights under the law as heterosexual couples.

Spy agency doubts far-right network exists

Spy agency doubts far-right network exists

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has said there is no evidence that a Europe-wide network of right-wing extremists is evolving, casting doubt on claims by Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik.

Cologne food fair foie gras snub angers French officials

Cologne food fair foie gras snub angers French officials

A dispute over foie gras has reached the highest levels of Franco-German ties after a Cologne food fair said the controversial French delicacy will not be allowed.

Ex-tenants face charges over gas leak deaths

Ex-tenants face charges over gas leak deaths

Police said Friday there were considering laying negligent homicide charges against two former tenants of a Berlin apartment where a six-person family died from carbon monoxide poisoning earlier this week.

eBay blocks online retailers’ Cuba products

eBay blocks online retailers’ Cuba products

Online auction site eBay and its subsidiary PayPal are prohibiting German merchants from doing Cuba-related transactions, prompting accusations the company is violating European law

Weekend drivers face massive traffic jams

Weekend drivers face massive traffic jams

With summer vacation starting for schools in Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden Württemberg, some of Germany’s most populous regions are bracing for massive traffic jams this weekend.

Sphinx returned to Turkey after controversy

Sphinx returned to Turkey after controversy

Germany has returned a 3,500-year-old sphinx to Turkey after a war of words and the treasured sculpture is set to be reinstated at its original location, media reports said Thursday.