Jedi the hippo fails to use the force – and returns to the circus

Jedi the hippo fails to use the force – and returns to the circus

Police in Germany foiled the plans of Jedi the hippo who tried to flee a circus visiting the northern city of Schwerin this week.

Welfare couple fight to keep €83,000 in dole benefits

Welfare couple fight to keep €83,000 in dole benefits

A German couple on state benefits, who were mistakenly paid €83,000 by the job centre, have spent a large chunk of the cash and are fighting to keep some of the rest.

Businessman on hunger strike outside Foreign Ministry

Businessman on hunger strike outside Foreign Ministry

A businessman is camping out in front of the German Foreign Ministry on a self-styled hunger strike, in fury at the government’s refusal to help him after a deal went sour in the United Arab Emirates.

Suzuki accuses Volkswagen of breaching agreement

Suzuki accuses Volkswagen of breaching agreement

The Japanese car company Suzuki on Friday upped the stakes in its row with Volkswagen as it served the German automaker a legal notice demanding it "remedy numerous breaches" of their ill-fated alliance.

Berliner Philharmonic premiers ‘golden rule’ concert

Berliner Philharmonic premiers ‘golden rule’ concert

The Berliner Philharmonic unveiled its latest work on Thursday night – a new composition setting out and celebrating the common morality of the six major world religions – which will open Britain’s Olympic cultural programme next year.

Dortmund look to kickstart title defence bid

Dortmund look to kickstart title defence bid

Reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund travel to Werder Bremen on Friday, knowing defeat could deal a further blow to their chances of stopping Bayern Munich from steamrolling their way to a 23rd Bundesliga title.

BND claims role in Shalit release deal

BND claims role in Shalit release deal

Germany’s foreign intelligence service is claiming to be involved in negotiations to free the Israel soldier Gilad Shalit as a swap for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

Deutsche Bank lined up for credit downgrade

Deutsche Bank lined up for credit downgrade

Credit rating agency Fitch has downgraded two German banks and is conducting a comprehensive review of other banks, including Deutsche Bank, with a view to reducing their ratings too.

German cooking leaves more than 200 soldiers sick in Afghanistan

German cooking leaves more than 200 soldiers sick in Afghanistan

More than 200 soldiers in Afghanistan have fallen ill after eating at a German canteen in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Stolen data to be used to prosecute tax dodgers

Stolen data to be used to prosecute tax dodgers

Germany will prosecute tax fraudsters using stolen data it bought about its citizens who secretly deposited assets in HSBC bank in Luxembourg, the Financial Times Deutschland will report Friday.