Bailiffs chase football legend Lothar Matthäus

Bailiffs chase football legend Lothar Matthäus

Lothar Matthäus, one of the world’s most successful football players, is being chased by bailiffs who despite employing private detectives to track him down, say they cannot find him.

Work ciggie break ban idea hits opposition

Work ciggie break ban idea hits opposition

Calls for cigarette breaks at work to be banned in Germany have raised the hackles of workers - and led one MP to say it was a “step towards a non-smoking dictatorship”.

Germans work six weeks a year longer than French

Germans work six weeks a year longer than French

Germans work six weeks longer each year than their French counterparts – but the European champions for staying out of the office are the Finns, new data shows.

Thousands of US soldiers to leave Germany

Thousands of US soldiers to leave Germany

The US military will withdraw thousands of soldiers from Germany as the American military takes half of its troops out of Europe as part of a forces redeployment to focus more on the Middle East and Asia.

Fancy beer bottles brew up problems

Fancy beer bottles brew up problems

Big German breweries are making fancy beer bottles in a drive to catch consumers’ eyes and boost flagging beer consumption - but small beer-makers say trend could drive them out of business.

Canine name trend leaves Bello in dog house

Canine name trend leaves Bello in dog house

Today’s dog owners are well travelled, creative linguists who enjoy a drink - or so they’d like their pet’s name to suggest, as traditional canine names such as Bello are replaced by more individual choices, a new study says.

Stinky rubber boot fire puts 50 in hospital

Stinky rubber boot fire puts 50 in hospital

Dozens of people had to go to hospital after a pile of rubber boots caught on fire and gave off noxious fumes in a warehouse in northern Germany.

Immigrants stop 8-year population decline

Immigrants stop 8-year population decline

A large number of new immigrants pushed up Germany's population in 2011 for the first time in eight years, the national statistics office, Destasis, said on Friday.

Judges call for rethink on court security

Judges call for rethink on court security

German judges have called for a complete rethink of security after a prosecutor was shot dead by a man in court who seemingly had no problem taking a pistol into the court.

Wedding bills served up to Boris Becker

Wedding bills served up to Boris Becker

German tennis legend Boris Becker has been told by a court he must pay the minister who presided over his wedding 3,400 Swiss francs (€2,800) in a long-running dispute over the wedding fee.

Environmentalists urge better forest care

Environmentalists urge better forest care

In order to protect Germany's fragile forests, planners need to make their ecosystems more diverse, according to environmental groups who say the country hasn't learned enough from a devastating 2007 storm.