What’s on in Germany: September 8 – 14

What’s on in Germany: September 8 – 14

This Week's Highlights: Breakdancing in Hamburg, an art weekend in Munich, and a music festival sets up at Berlin's Tempelhof Airport.

Facebook signs up to voluntary privacy code

Facebook signs up to voluntary privacy code

Facebook said Thursday it would sign up to a voluntary code of conduct in Germany to protect user data, the first time the site has agreed to such measures in a nation known for vehemently protecting the privacy of its citizens.

US ambassador laments ‘racist jerks’ in Germany

US ambassador laments ‘racist jerks’ in Germany

Philip Murphy, the US ambassador to Germany, has written an open letter admonishing German ‘jerks’ for racially abusing a black member of his staff in Berlin recently.

Fewer people abroad learn German

Fewer people abroad learn German

Around 15 million people are learning German as a foreign language overseas, five million fewer than just ten years ago, according to new statistics from the Goethe Institute.

Schäuble pressures Greece to tackle debt

Schäuble pressures Greece to tackle debt

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Thursday warned of "worrying news" coming from the eurozone and said Greece must fulfil the conditions required if it wants more help to combat its debt crisis.

Police thwart terror plot

Police thwart terror plot

Police on Thursday arrested two men in Berlin for acquiring chemicals amid suspicions they were planning a terrorist bomb attack.

Infidelity agency ad invokes adulterers Schwarzenegger, Clinton, Seehofer

Infidelity agency ad invokes adulterers Schwarzenegger, Clinton, Seehofer

A Canadian agency that facilitates affairs is causing a stir in Germany by using pictures of famous adulterers former Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former US President Bill Clinton and Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer for an advertising campaign.

Biotech benefits converting genetic engineering sceptics

Biotech benefits converting genetic engineering sceptics

Eclipsed in recent years by rivals in the US, UK and Switzerland, Germany’s pharmaceuticals industry is now excelling in an increasingly important sector – medical biotechnology.

One killed in bus crash on motorway

One killed in bus crash on motorway

A fully-occupied travel bus hit a crane trailer on the A5 motorway in the German state of Hesse on Thursday morning, killing at least one person and injuring six others.

Siemens pulls out of Bayreuth sponsorship

Siemens pulls out of Bayreuth sponsorship

German engineering giant Siemens said Wednesday it was ending its partnership with the Bayreuth Festival of which it was one of the main sponsors.

Four abducted children found in Egypt

Four abducted children found in Egypt

Four children abducted by their father from Germany have been found alive and well in Egypt, police said Wednesday night. The man, who had no custody of the children, was allegedly motivated by his Christian fundamentalist views.