‘Trash baron’ jailed for more than four years

‘Trash baron’ jailed for more than four years

A former police officer turned businessman has been jailed for more than four years for ditching thousands of tonnes of dangerous garbage in dumps that he was being paid to decommission.

Green Week: Animal-friendly food costs more

Green Week: Animal-friendly food costs more

The biggest agriculture show in the world opens in Berlin on Friday, with the dominant message being: Animal-friendly agriculture is possible, but it costs extra.

Police raid president’s ex-advisor’s house

Police raid president’s ex-advisor’s house

Police have raided the home of President Christian Wulff’s former spokesman Olaf Glaeseker as well as the offices of an event manager who was closely connected to the president when he was state premier of Lower Saxony.

UN envoy urges more action on Syria

UN envoy urges more action on Syria

Germany UN envoy has accused Russia of preventing the UN Security Council from taking decisive action over the deadly crackdown on anti regime protests in Syria.

Banks ‘stashing money in fear of meltdown’

Banks ‘stashing money in fear of meltdown’

Germany’s economy is still in the danger zone, with banks stockpiling money in the European Central Bank (ECB) instead of lending it, Jürgen Fitschen, next in line to lead Deutsche Bank, warned on Thursday.

Millions needed to fix five-year-old rail bridge

Millions needed to fix five-year-old rail bridge

A bridge leading to Berlin's central train station needs repairs costing at least €10 million because of a cheap construction job done in a rush to get the station finished for the 2006 football World Cup.

Music site ends German business on a sour note

Music site ends German business on a sour note

A free online music streaming service, Grooveshark, has closed its German operations, saying the music industry is charging too much for access to songs.

What’s on in Germany: January 19 – 25

What’s on in Germany: January 19 – 25

This Week's Highlights: An open-air ball in Dresden, music and movies at the Berlin Cathedral and lots of interesting new art in Frankfurt.

Man can keep €84,600 after tax office error

Man can keep €84,600 after tax office error

A man who kept quiet for eight years about a €84,600 overpayment from the German tax office has been told by a court he can keep the money.

North Korea claims ‘natural wonder’ in Berlin

North Korea claims ‘natural wonder’ in Berlin

The official North Korean news agency says a little bird and a flowering plant at the country’s embassy in Berlin were signs of Mother Nature’s grief for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il – rather than the mild winter.

Looking at food ‘prompts appetite hormone’

Looking at food ‘prompts appetite hormone’

The feelings of hunger that suddenly appear when looking at pictures of food are not all in the head – German researchers have shown they are in the blood too.