Germans watched more TV than ever in 2011

Germans watched more TV than ever in 2011

A survey published Thursday found that Germans have been growing more and more addicted to the box. In 2011, Teutonic couch potatoes buckled down to break the previous year’s record once again.

President in crisis as poll numbers tank

President in crisis as poll numbers tank

With his poll numbers sinking, German President Christian Wulff came under renewed pressure Thursday following a televised mea culpa in response to his exploding financial scandal.

Ruhr ruins invite tourists for highwire hijinks

Ruhr ruins invite tourists for highwire hijinks

The Ruhr Valley's Landschaftspark, once Germany's decrepit industrial armpit, has become a spectacular adventure park. David Sharp makes a hair-raising climb onto a disused furnace.

Retiree ‘set fire to homeless man’

Retiree ‘set fire to homeless man’

The trial of a pensioner who allegedly set a homeless man on fire in July began Thursday in the western German town of Essen. The homeless man died from severe burns.

Disasters made 2011 most expensive year ever

Disasters made 2011 most expensive year ever

Giant earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding made 2011 the most expensive year on record in terms of damage caused by natural disasters, according to German insurance experts.

China officially Audi’s biggest market

China officially Audi’s biggest market

Luxury German carmaker Audi said Thursday that 2011 sales in fast-growing China had outstripped its home market for the first time, adding it expected further acceleration in the coming years.

What’s on in Germany: January 5 – 11

What’s on in Germany: January 5 – 11

This Week's Highlights: Buster Keaton films in Munich, Alexander McQueen fashions in Hamburg, and contemporary dance in Berlin.

Germany forced to buy Austrian electricity

Germany forced to buy Austrian electricity

One of Germany’s energy providers was forced to use reserves from Austrian power stations on two days in December as a "precautionary measure," according to a newspaper report.

Hollywood arsonist ‘hated America’

Hollywood arsonist ‘hated America’

A German man launched a "binge" of over 50 arson attacks in southern California over the New Year holiday weekend, fired up by anti-American "hatred" fueled by his mother's fight against deportation to Germany, prosecutors have said.

For rent: One WWII U-boat bunker

For rent: One WWII U-boat bunker

Two government authorities are in conflict over a huge World War II submarine bunker near the northern German city-state of Bremen, which is to be rented out for commercial use.

Berlin attack may be work of Kurdish terrorists

Berlin attack may be work of Kurdish terrorists

Police believe a Molotov cocktail attack on a Turkish cultural association Tuesday evening may have been the work of a terrorist group banned from the European Union.