Bosch makes billion-dollar US acquisition

Bosch makes billion-dollar US acquisition

German automotive parts maker Bosch said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire SPX Service Solutions, a US maker of car service tools, workshop equipment and software for $1.15 billion (€883 million).

Girlfriend blames Boateng injury on sex

Girlfriend blames Boateng injury on sex

The girlfriend of German-Ghanaian footballer Kevin Prince Boateng has offered Italian media an unusual explanation for his recent thigh strain: the 24-year-old AC Milan midfielder loves sex too much.

Frederick the Great celebrations kick off

Frederick the Great celebrations kick off

Germans marked the 300th birthday of Prussian king Frederick the Great’s on Tuesday. His admirers visited his grave in Potsdam to lay flowers and potatoes in honour of the enlightened monarch.

Asylum applications jump to eight-year high

Asylum applications jump to eight-year high

The number of people seeking asylum in Germany has jumped to its highest point in eight years, although it is still well below early-90s levels, a newspaper report said Tuesday.

Virus sweeps through hospital cancer wards

Virus sweeps through hospital cancer wards

A normally harmless virus has infiltrated the oncology department at Heidelberg University's hospital, infecting 19 severely ill patients and possibly leading to three deaths. Health authorities are searching for the source of the outbreak.

Spying on leftist MPs condemned

Spying on leftist MPs condemned

Politicians from across Germany’s main political parties have condemned the domestic intelligence agency, or Verfassungsschutz, for spying on parliamentarians from the socialist Left party.

Cruise survivors unable to board train home

Cruise survivors unable to board train home

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn is apologising after a conductor refused to allow a couple to board a train home, despite the fact their tickets and money had been destroyed in the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster.

Bonn calls prostitute ‘sex meter’ a success

Bonn calls prostitute ‘sex meter’ a success

The German city of Bonn is calling its policy of levying a surcharge on streetwalking prostitutes via kerb-side meters a success that would continue.

Siemens suffers profit collapse

Siemens suffers profit collapse

German industrial giant Siemens took a massive hit at the end of last year, the company reported Tuesday. Profits were down all of 17 percent between October and December 2011.

Germany joins European oil embargo against Iran

Germany joins European oil embargo against Iran

The leaders of Britain, France and Germany late on Monday called on Tehran to immediately suspend its nuclear activities after the EU slapped an embargo on Iran's oil exports as part of tough new sanctions.

Hamburg has most delayed trains

Hamburg has most delayed trains

Hamburg’s main railway station has been named the worst for train delays in a new survey of 20 German stations. The best was Stralsund in the northern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

German sent to bring Mideast peace

German sent to bring Mideast peace

The European Union named a veteran German diplomat as the new EU envoy to the Middle East peace process on Monday, amid tensions with Israel over Jewish settlements.