Berlin urges swift action on EU transaction tax

Berlin urges swift action on EU transaction tax

Germany pushed for quick decisions to be made on a mooted tax on financial transactions on Friday, amid British fears that such a levy could drive away business from Europe.

Schlecker goes bankrupt, tries to save stores

Schlecker goes bankrupt, tries to save stores

German drugstore giant Schlecker is declaring insolvency in a desperate attempt to save stores and keep the company afloat, the company confirmed on Friday afternoon.

Would you pay more for green grub?

Would you pay more for green grub?

The food industry gathering in Berlin for the annual Green Week convention says conditions for farm animals can be improved – but the products would be more expensive. Would you pay more for humanely produced food? Have your say.

Ikea boss bemoans German bureaucracy

Ikea boss bemoans German bureaucracy

Ikea is becoming increasingly frustrated at complicated German bureaucracy and public protest, which has slowed expansion plans, company head Mikael Ohlsson said on Friday.

Three Germans held in global piracy raid

Three Germans held in global piracy raid

Three Germans, including a millionaire notorious for his hacking and embezzlement schemes have been arrested in New Zealand on American charges of running a massive global piracy website.

Berlin fashion designers ‘need more help’

Berlin fashion designers ‘need more help’

While the fashion world's elite strut their stuff in Berlin Fashion Week, some who give the German capital its reputation for edgy design are struggling. One designer told Jessica Ware the fashion scene was “massively underfunded”.

Guttenberg rules out return for 2013 election

Guttenberg rules out return for 2013 election

Disgraced former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has stepped back from an imminent return to active German politics, saying the 2013 general election would not be the right time.

North Korean envoy wriggles off hook

North Korean envoy wriggles off hook

The North Korean ambassador to Germany was caught poaching fish in a Berlin river this week – but waved away police who found him, and carried on with a grin, citing diplomatic immunity.

Garlicky smell sparks university evacuation

Garlicky smell sparks university evacuation

Nearly 100 students and staff who were taken to hospital after a chemistry experiment was thought to have gone wrong at Dresden’s Technical University seem to have been the victims of a false alarm – and a garlicky smell.

Munich baby elephant first to get heart surgery

Munich baby elephant first to get heart surgery

A baby elephant in Munich will be the first in the world to undergo heart surgery, after vets at the zoo realised she had a congenital defect which will kill her within weeks if nothing is done.