Despite snow, Christmas only white in mountains

Despite snow, Christmas only white in mountains

Thick snow caused chaos in western Germany on Tuesday, with several trucks crashing, flights cancelled and public transport disrupted – but those dreaming of a white Christmas are likely to be disappointed.

Anti-fascists brick up Neo-Nazi politician’s front door

Anti-fascists brick up Neo-Nazi politician’s front door

Anti-fascists in Lower Saxony bricked up the front door of a top member of the extreme-right National Democratic Party's (NPD) home to protest against his presence at a city council meeting on Monday.

Boob job vouchers ‘not a good gift idea’

Boob job vouchers ‘not a good gift idea’

People planning to give their loved one a nip and tuck at Christmas could be risking more than upsetting their partners – cheap seasonal offers with time limits are not to be recommended, a top surgeon has warned.

Neo-Nazi terror house ‘will be demolished’

Neo-Nazi terror house ‘will be demolished’

Officials scared that German neo-Nazis could gather at the house where the far-right terrorists accused of killing at least 10 people lived, have decided to tear it down.

Economic ‘good tidings’ brighten eurozone gloom

Economic ‘good tidings’ brighten eurozone gloom

Two leading sentiment indicators in Germany released good news Tuesday, bringing a touch of Christmas sparkle to the pall of gloom currently enveloping the eurozone.

Americans mull Leipzig consulate closure

Americans mull Leipzig consulate closure

A US Department of State report has recommended closing the American consulate in Leipzig and reducing staff at other missions in Germany.

Siemens hires sacked US general McChrystal

Siemens hires sacked US general McChrystal

German industrial giant Siemens has hired the American general fired for criticising US President Barack Obama in public – to head up its attempt to get more US government contracts.

Germany to double first euro fund contribution

Germany to double first euro fund contribution

Germany’s first contribution to the eurozone’s rescue fund is likely to be double the amount previously expected at €8.6 billion, daily Die Welt reported on Tuesday.

AT&T drops blocked bid for T-Mobile in US

AT&T drops blocked bid for T-Mobile in US

AT&T has abandoned its $39-billion (€30-billion) deal to buy Deutsche Telekom's US wireless unit T-Mobile after running into stiff opposition from American regulators.

Baby foreskins could cut animal testing

Baby foreskins could cut animal testing

A research organization is growing human skin in the hope of using it to trial cosmetics and medicines, reducing the need for animal testing. The synthetic skin is made using cells from infant foreskins.

Saxony’s Christmas woodcarving tradition

Saxony’s Christmas woodcarving tradition

Nutcrackers and propeller-topped pyramids abound in Germany at Christmas time. Erin Huggins explores the woodcarving tradition from Saxony’s Erzgebirge region.