Last gay survivor of Nazi death camps dies aged 98

Last gay survivor of Nazi death camps dies aged 98

Rudolf Brazda, the last known survivor of the Nazi death camps sent there because he was homosexual, has died in France aged 98, officials said on Thursday.

Fare dodgers turn to Facebook and Twitter to avoid ticket checks

Fare dodgers turn to Facebook and Twitter to avoid ticket checks

Fare dodgers in Germany are using social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to warn fellow travellers of the presence of public transport inspectors on buses and trains.

Refugees airing East Germany’s dirty laundry

Refugees airing East Germany’s dirty laundry

As Germany prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall this month, a new exhibition explores the importance of refugee camps for those fleeing communism before the Iron Curtain came down. Erin Huggins reports.

Neo-Nazi shoots self as police find his dead son

Neo-Nazi shoots self as police find his dead son

Authorities are conducting an autopsy on the son of a known neo-Nazi after his body was found with a gunshot wound to the head – next to his father who shot himself as the police approached the scene.

Child murderer awarded damages for police threat

Child murderer awarded damages for police threat

A German court on Thursday awarded more than €3,000 ($4,265) in damages to a child murderer over a threat by police to inflict "unimaginable pain" if he did not reveal his victim's whereabouts.

Chinese paper confuses George Soros with Joschka Fischer

Chinese paper confuses George Soros with Joschka Fischer

A Chinese newspaper wrote an in-depth article attacking wealthy US investor George Soros, but confused him with former German foreign minister Joschka Fischer.

Tight job market exposes looming worker deficit

Tight job market exposes looming worker deficit

Germany’s tight labour market is slowly tumbling towards crisis, with a new study suggesting there will be 3.5 million unfilled jobs by 2025 and industry expecting around 70,000 training places to be empty this year.

Munich Re profits rise despite Greece hit

Munich Re profits rise despite Greece hit

The world's biggest re-insurance group, Germany's Munich Re, said Thursday that its second quarter net profit rose 3.8 percent to €736 million ($1.05 billion) despite a heavy charge on its holdings of Greek debt.

Deutsche Telekom Q2 profit plunges

Deutsche Telekom Q2 profit plunges

German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom said Thursday that its second quarter net profit fell by 26.7 percent owing to restructuring costs, but confirmed its full-year targets.

What’s on in Germany: August 4 – 10

What’s on in Germany: August 4 – 10

This Week's Highlights: Charlie Chaplin in Berlin, a surf festival in Munich, and Hamburg celebrates all things British.

Still not enough children for the future

Still not enough children for the future

As Germany's population ages, the number of children is dropping precipitously. Now people under 18 make up only 16.5 percent of the country’s population, the lowest rate in Europe.

Website lets parishioners to rate their priests

Website lets parishioners to rate their priests

Germany, like many countries, has struggled with declining church attendance. But could Church visits be boosted if it was easier for parishioners to swap notes on who has the most talented pastor or priest?

Rare ibis trained to migrate over the Alps

Rare ibis trained to migrate over the Alps

After years of painstaking work by scientists, a rare bird has made an unassisted migratory flight over the Alps for the first time in centuries.