Tourists flock to Germany in 2011

Tourists flock to Germany in 2011

Tourists spent a record number of nights in Germany last year, the country's statistics office said Thursday, with visitors from abroad registering a sharp increase despite gloomy economic conditions.

Artist compensated for two lost French fries

Artist compensated for two lost French fries

A Munich court on Thursday awarded an artist €2,000 in damages because a gallery lost two 22-year-old chips that were the basis of an artwork in which the fries lay across each other in a cross.

Brutal cold triggers reserve power plants

Brutal cold triggers reserve power plants

After exporting power to France earlier this week, Germany has switched on reserve energy plants amid surging demand for electricity due to the ongoing deep freeze hitting Europe.

Star cyclist Ullrich found guilty of doping

Star cyclist Ullrich found guilty of doping

Germany’s most famous cyclist Jan Ullrich was found guilty of doping and stripped of his third place in the 2005 Tour de France by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday.

Germany expels four Syrian diplomats

Germany expels four Syrian diplomats

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Thursday Germany was expelling four diplomats from the Syrian embassy in Berlin after the arrest of two men suspected of spying on regime opponents.

Daimler books record €6-billion profit

Daimler books record €6-billion profit

German auto and truck giant Daimler, who own Mercedes-Benz, said on Thursday they achieved record sales and profits in 2011, but warned that earnings may be flat this year.

Berlinale opens with revolutionary drama

Berlinale opens with revolutionary drama

Diane Kruger stars as Marie Antoinette in "Farewell My Queen," a lush costume drama set on the eve of the French Revolution that will open the 62nd Berlin film festival on Thursday.

Rent-jumping family caught by police

Rent-jumping family caught by police

An eight-person family that avoided paying rent for years by moving house every two to three weeks has finally been caught in the northern German town of Schneverdingen.

What’s on in Germany:  February 9 – 15

What’s on in Germany: February 9 – 15

This Week's Highlights: The star-studded Berlinale film festival kicks off in Berlin, Munch goes on view in Frankfurt, and a ukelele orchestra sets up in Munich.

Sick pups found in van

Sick pups found in van

German police this week rescued 92 puppies from a van, after the dogs had spent 13 hours being transported across Europe without food or water.