New Otto Dix paintings found

New Otto Dix paintings found

Four previously unknown watercolours by Otto Dix, one of Germany’s most important expressionist painters, have been discovered in Bavaria. The works come from Dix’s Düsseldorf period in 1922 and 1923.

Foreigners face pricey prep for universities

Foreigners face pricey prep for universities

Germany’s affordable universities have long attracted foreign students, but free language and introductory classes could soon be a thing of the past. Erin Huggins explores the trend toward pricey preparatory courses.

VW named world’s best car company

VW named world’s best car company

German automaker Volkswagen, Europe's biggest car manufacturer, was selected Tuesday as the sector's "best performer for 2010" by a study that highlighted weaknesses of VW rivals Toyota and GM.

Over half of e-book downloads deemed ‘illegal’

Over half of e-book downloads deemed ‘illegal’

A new study commissioned by the association against copyright infringement (GVU) has found that Germans stole 14 million e-books last year. But reports from the publishing industry suggest e-books make up very little of the overall market.

Street prostitutes taxed via vending machine

Street prostitutes taxed via vending machine

The Rhineland city of Bonn is now requiring sex workers to purchase a daily tax ticket from a vending machine to walk the streets – ostensibly to make taxation fairer for prostitutes who work in brothels.

Official blames Sarrazin for hindering integration

Official blames Sarrazin for hindering integration

The German government’s integration commissioner said Tuesday that former central banker Thilo Sarrazin damaged efforts to integrate immigrants into society with his controversial book “Germany Abolishes Itself,” which was published one year ago.

Mediaeval ‘Black Death’ linked to present plague

Mediaeval ‘Black Death’ linked to present plague

A much less virulent version of the Black Death plague that killed a third of Europe's population in the 14th century is still present today, according to a German study published Tuesday.

Lahm denies gay rumours in new book

Lahm denies gay rumours in new book

The captain of Germany's national football team Philipp Lahm said he is not gay, in excerpts of his new book released Monday, but he cautioned footballers against coming out.

States mull electronic shackles for convicts

States mull electronic shackles for convicts

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has welcomed an initiative from several German states to introduce electronic ankle monitors for criminals on probation.

Nowitzki hoping to lead Germany to glory at EuroBasket

Nowitzki hoping to lead Germany to glory at EuroBasket

The pressure is on. Fans expect Dirk Nowitzki to propel Germany to victory at the FIBA European Basketball Championship starting this week, but the NBA star sees the tournament more as a chance for team development.