Berlin hails ‘turning point’ in Afghan war

Berlin hails ‘turning point’ in Afghan war

During a Bundestag debate on the German army’s future mission in Afghanistan Thursday, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said a planned draw-down of troops heralded a “turning point” in the ten-year NATO-led war in Afghanistan.

President Wulff ‘regrets’ omitting private loan

President Wulff ‘regrets’ omitting private loan

German President Christian Wulff has expressed “regret” for neglecting to mention a 2008 loan he received from a businessman’s wife in a statement to the Lower Saxony state parliament last year.

Truck drops 146-tonne crane on road

Truck drops 146-tonne crane on road

The base of a crane, weighing a massive 146 tonnes, fell off the back of a flatbed truck en route to the Airbus base near Hamburg early Thursday morning. The accident caused considerable damage to the road and destroying the vehicle escorting it, but no-one was injured.

Berlin’s entire S-Bahn train network shuts down

Berlin’s entire S-Bahn train network shuts down

The German capital’s entire commuter train system broke down on Thursday afternoon, leaving thousands stuck in trains on the tracks. The Berlin authorities do not suspect an attack behind the S-Bahn malfunction.

Plank-wielding bank robber takes €3

Plank-wielding bank robber takes €3

A man was charged with armed robbery in Berlin after he demanded three euros from a bank cashier while holding a piece of wood.

Commerzbank execs face money laundering charge

Commerzbank execs face money laundering charge

Frankfurt prosecutors have filed charges against five men – four of whom are current or former Commerzbank executives – for their involvement in an alleged money laundering case with Russian connections more than a decade ago.

FDP turns to another ‘boygroup’ member

FDP turns to another ‘boygroup’ member

Germany's Free Democratic Party has picked 38-year-old Patrick Döring as its new general secretary, following the abrupt departure of Christian Lindner. Critics say it’s the last chance for party leader Philipp Rösler.

Club sells tickets to game fans can’t attend

Club sells tickets to game fans can’t attend

German second division football club Hansa Rostock is hawking tickets to the team’s Sunday match against Dynamo Dresden. The only hitch: Fans won’t be allowed inside to watch the game.

What’s on in Germany:  December 15 – 21

What’s on in Germany: December 15 – 21

This Week's Highlights: Synagogue music in Berlin, horses in Frankfurt, and a French dance troupe rocks out in Munich.

German banks abandon US customers

German banks abandon US customers

German banks are closing US customers’ investment accounts because they say financial reporting requirements by American authorities are just too onerous.

Struggling pensioners forced back to work

Struggling pensioners forced back to work

Germany, as Europe's top economy, may be currently seen as the land of plenty but its senior citizens are increasingly being forced to take a part-time job in their twilight years just to make ends meet.

Goethe Institute sees surging interest in German

Goethe Institute sees surging interest in German

The Goethe Institute, which promotes German language and culture abroad, says interest in German is spiking around the world as Germany's economic and political clout has grown during Europe’s debt crisis.