Westerwelle demands ‘urgent’ action on Syria

Westerwelle demands ‘urgent’ action on Syria

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle called on Tuesday for the UN Security Council to act "urgently" on Syria, telling a Cairo news conference a strong text on the crisis was "absolutely important."

Language school grads ‘barely spoke German’

Language school grads ‘barely spoke German’

Authorities in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia are investigating a language school suspected of running fraudulent government-backed integration courses for immigrants that awarded language certificates while teaching no German at all.

Doctor accused of helping top athletes dope

Doctor accused of helping top athletes dope

A doctor considered well connected to several German Olympians is being investigated on suspicion of performing blood doping transfusions for nearly 30 elite athletes.

Bismarck recordings found in Edison’s lab

Bismarck recordings found in Edison’s lab

The only known recordings of Germany’s legendary Chancellor Otto von Bismarck have surfaced in the former laboratory of US inventor Thomas Edison.

Body of girl lost in Baltic landslide found

Body of girl lost in Baltic landslide found

A girl’s body found Tuesday on the German Baltic Sea island of Rügen is presumed to be that of 10-year-old Katharina, who went missing in December after a coastal landslide.

ThyssenKrupp sells stainless steel business

ThyssenKrupp sells stainless steel business

German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp said Tuesday it has agreed to sell its stainless steel unit Inoxum to Finnish group Outokumpu in a deal which valued the business at €2.7 billion ($3.6 billion).

Bahn investing €800 mln to improve stations

Bahn investing €800 mln to improve stations

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn has announced that some €800 million will be invested this year to improve accessibility at sometimes dingy train stations and install technology to keep passengers better informed.

Robust economy leaves long-term jobless behind

Robust economy leaves long-term jobless behind

Long-term unemployed people are still having difficulty finding a job despite Germany’s robust economy in recent years, according to a media report on Tuesday.

Merkel pushes through EU fiscal pact

Merkel pushes through EU fiscal pact

Chancellor Angela Merkel and other EU leaders attempted to solve Europe’s debt crisis on Monday evening with a German-driven treaty meant to end deficits.

Gritty Reeperbahn faces growing gentrification

Gritty Reeperbahn faces growing gentrification

With a four-star hotel soon joining the brothels on Hamburg’s legendary Reeperbahn strip, Stephen Lowman reports how the city’s “sinful mile” is changing.