Merkel still optimistic about 2011 growth

Merkel still optimistic about 2011 growth

The German government could raise its official growth forecast after Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated on Friday Europe's biggest economy would expand faster than expected this year.

Turkish president urges integration, respect for Turks in Germany

Turkish president urges integration, respect for Turks in Germany

Ahead of a visit to Germany on Monday, Turkish President Abdullah Gül has said Turks in Germany deserve more respect, but should also work harder to integrate.

Thunderstorms to chase away weekend warmth

Thunderstorms to chase away weekend warmth

A brief respite of sunshine and warmer temperatures in Germany is set to be chased away by thunderstorms this weekend.

Mystery English-speaking boy emerges from forest

Mystery English-speaking boy emerges from forest

An English-speaking teenager who walked out of the forest near Berlin told police he had been living in the woods for five years with his father, but had no idea who he was or where he came from.

Berliners look leftwards as Pirates set sail

Berliners look leftwards as Pirates set sail

Berliners go to the polls on Sunday, with indications suggesting they will re-elect their Social Democratic Mayor Klaus Wowereit yet force him to switch coalition partners from The Left party to the Greens. The Pirate Party could also sail into parliament.

Frankfurt Motor Show combines conservation and innovation

Frankfurt Motor Show combines conservation and innovation

Auto-makers at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) are dreaming far into the future in terms of energy and design.

Pope’s visit sparks security lockdown

Pope’s visit sparks security lockdown

Pope Benedict XVI’s official visit to Germany next week will be accompanied by unprecedented security measures, including ordering residents not to open their windows when the pontiff's motorcade passes and relocating a Muslim extremist.

Hooligan violence raises football stadium worries

Hooligan violence raises football stadium worries

Stadium security is extremely lacking in Germany’s lower football divisions, according to the unions representing police and security personnel, which believes the atmosphere is growing increasingly toxic at matches.

Schoolbooks distort Islam, study shows

Schoolbooks distort Islam, study shows

European school books present a distorted image of Islam and Muslims, using stereotypes that breed mistrust of the faith and its people, according to Germany’s Georg Eckert Institute for textbook research.

Schleswig-Holstein opens its doors to online gambling

Schleswig-Holstein opens its doors to online gambling

Owners of online gambling sites are hailing a decision by the state of Schleswig-Holstein to liberalise gambling regulations, saying the decision could help revolutionise the gaming market.