Luftwaffe scrambled in ‘stolen’ plane scare

Luftwaffe scrambled in ‘stolen’ plane scare

Two pilots flying what they thought was a routine trip to Germany to take a private jet for servicing were more than surprised when two Luftwaffe planes appeared at their side and escorted them to the ground.

Journo’s sex video blackmail case returns

Journo’s sex video blackmail case returns

Germany’s own tabloid newspaper scandal involving a three-in-a-bed sex tape, blackmail and an exclusive interview with a television star looks set to return to court after a Bild journalist’s acquittal was overturned on Tuesday.

Merkel: no rush for EU fiscal pact Czech signing

Merkel: no rush for EU fiscal pact Czech signing

The Czech Republic is under no pressure to sign the European Union's fiscal discipline pact, which it along with Britain, has refused to join, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

Serial car arsonist jailed for seven years

Serial car arsonist jailed for seven years

A man who set fire to more than 100 luxury cars in Berlin last summer causing millions of euros of damage was jailed for seven years in prison on Tuesday.

Cool cafés in customer download dilemma

Cool cafés in customer download dilemma

Trendy German cafés offering free internet access are being plagued with cease-and-desist letters from copyright lawyers as customers illegally download media from the internet. Many owners are threatened with heavy fines.

Germany tells Bosnia: take EU, NATO plunge

Germany tells Bosnia: take EU, NATO plunge

Germany and Britain urged Bosnia on Tuesday to take key steps towards EU and NATO membership, as the country marks 20 years since the start of a war that left it deeply divided along ethnic lines.

Avon’s face cream ladies get German proposal

Avon’s face cream ladies get German proposal

Avon ladies calling round to sell face cream could soon become Avon Damen, if a billionaire German family which owns a perfume company has its way and buys up the struggling American cosmetics giant.

Janitor steals 25 tonnes of stationery

Janitor steals 25 tonnes of stationery

In a case that promises to be a bureaucratic nightmare for police, a kleptomanic caretaker in the southern German city of Stuttgart has admitted stealing around 25 tonnes of office supplies over several decades, and keeping them in his flat.

Firm books out luxury island hotel till 2023

Firm books out luxury island hotel till 2023

Tourists looking for luxury accommodation on the German island of Helgoland will be disappointed, as a wind-power company has booked every room in the island’s only high-end hotel - for the next ten years.

Chemical blast claims second victim

Chemical blast claims second victim

An explosion at a German chemical plant claimed a second victim Monday when an employee succumbed to his injuries, operators of the industrial park and police said.