Blackface in Berlin play just ‘tradition’

Blackface in Berlin play just ‘tradition’

A popular Berlin theatre troupe has denied accusations that its adaptation of a Tony Award-winning play featuring a white man in blackface is racist, saying it's "tradition" for whites to play blacks in German theatre.

FDP in tatters as state government falls

FDP in tatters as state government falls

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partner the Free Democratic Party (FDP) was dealt another devastating blow on Friday as the government in the small western state of Saarland collapsed.

Merkel backs embattled President Wulff

Merkel backs embattled President Wulff

After several weeks of silence during her annual winter break, Chancellor Angela Merkel has come out in support of embattled German President Christian Wulff.

France heads for Tobin tax without Germany

France heads for Tobin tax without Germany

France will decide on a financial transaction tax by the end of the month to set an example for Europe, even if Germany does not follow suit, an aide to President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday.

Bobsleigher nearly dies from wood in buttock

Bobsleigher nearly dies from wood in buttock

Three Canadian bobsleighers are recovering in hospital after a brutal World Cup training crash in Altenberg in the German state of Saxony that briefly left one of them fighting for his life.

Tattletale keeps records on parking violators

Tattletale keeps records on parking violators

A retiree in the Lower Saxony region of northern Germany with an obsession for parking regulations has drawn new public ire after it was revealed that he’s kept private records on all 30,000 parking violators he’s issued “tickets” to.

Road accident turns into bizarre murder

Road accident turns into bizarre murder

Police investigating the death of a woman in a car accident were surprised when a man appeared later and confessed to killing his wife. He reportedly chased her down in his car and stabbed her.

Wolfsburg’s spending spree continues

Wolfsburg’s spending spree continues

Wolfsburg's busy transfer window continued on Thursday as they announced the signings of Brazilian centre-back Felipe Lopes and Ivorian attacking midfielder Ibrahim Sissoko on contracts running until June 2015.

Cops shoot cat

Cops shoot cat

Police officers shot dead a cat in the western German city of Wuppertal on Thursday, after it was brought to their police station apparently in pain.

Neo-Nazi radio presenters sentenced

Neo-Nazi radio presenters sentenced

Eleven employees of a Neo-Nazi internet radio station were handed suspended sentences in the western German town of Koblenz Thursday. A twelfth worker was imprisoned for two years because he carried previous offences.