Warm temperatures cause early hay fever

Warm temperatures cause early hay fever

Warm temperatures are causing everything from runny noses to conditions ripe for avalanches. But Germany could face a bit of a cold snap within the next week as rain and snow batters much of the country.

Leverkusen fans frantic for Barca match tickets

Leverkusen fans frantic for Barca match tickets

Desperate football fans swamped Bayer Leverkusen’s phone lines with 200,000 calls on Tuesday in a frantic attempt to get tickets to the club’s Champions League match against FC Barcelona in February.

T-mobile phones to get Groupon offers

T-mobile phones to get Groupon offers

People with T-Mobile phones could soon find Groupon offers popping up on their phones for shops they are walking past, as Deutsche Telekom confirmed it had entered a marketing deal with the US-based discount website.

Wall Street Journal launches German edition

Wall Street Journal launches German edition

The Wall Street Journal launched a German edition on Tuesday, breaking into the German business news market with what its editor promised would be a new, international, perspective.

Scared Germans ‘wasting money on insurance’

Scared Germans ‘wasting money on insurance’

Scared Germans are wasting hundreds of euros every year on insurance policies they do not need as salesmen play on people’s fears, a consumer group warned this week.

Coalition at risk over financial transaction tax

Coalition at risk over financial transaction tax

Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing a crisis in her governing coalition after agreeing with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to push for a financial transaction tax, even if Britain opts out.

Hospital doctors ready to strike for better pay

Hospital doctors ready to strike for better pay

About 50,000 doctors will go on strike in 600 hospitals across Germany at the end of the month, after a vote which was overwhelmingly in favour of a walk-out.

Identical quadruplets ‘one-in-13 million’

Identical quadruplets ‘one-in-13 million’

A woman has given birth to identical quadruplets which doctors said was statistically like winning the lottery – except that the family will see their lives changed by millions of nappies rather than banknotes.

Man in court after taking old biscuits from bin

Man in court after taking old biscuits from bin

A man who took a packet of out-of-date biscuits from a bin next to a bakery is fighting his way through the courts, opposing a charge of trespass.

German support for new North Africa underlined

German support for new North Africa underlined

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has thrown strong support behind North Africa’s emerging democracies during an historic visit to Algeria, Libya and Tunisia, saying Germany wants to play a key role in helping them succeed.