SPD wins Berlin vote as Pirates celebrate

SPD wins Berlin vote as Pirates celebrate

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) won Berlin’s state election on Sunday, setting up a likely coalition with the Greens. The upstart Pirate Party sailed easily into parliament.

German astronaut picked for space station mission

German astronaut picked for space station mission

German astronaut Alexander Gerst will fly aboard a Russian rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2014. The Baden-Württemberg native will be on board the station for half a year conducting zero-gravity experiments.

Battles erupt between Berlin’s polar bears

Battles erupt between Berlin’s polar bears

Six months after the sudden death of its star polar bear Knut, a new drama is playing out at the Berlin Zoo. Bloody fights have broken out between polar bear females that are alarming visitors.

Dentures go missing after ex-couple’s spat

Dentures go missing after ex-couple’s spat

After an argument between a man and his ex-girlfriend in Braunschweig, she grabbed his dentures and fled. Police were able to find her, but the false teeth are still missing.

Siemens gets out of nuclear business

Siemens gets out of nuclear business

German industrial giant Siemens is turning the page on nuclear energy, the group's CEO Peter Löscher told the weekly Der Spiegel in an interview published on Sunday.

Youths involved in U-Bahn death turn themselves in

Youths involved in U-Bahn death turn themselves in

Two of the three young men involved in a death outside a Berlin U-Bahn metro station turned themselves in on Saturday evening. Early Saturday morning, a 23-year-old died after being chased by assailants and hit by a car.

Berlin goes to the polls

Berlin goes to the polls

Voting began in Berlin on Sunday for a state election expected to yield yet another setback for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her governing coalition.