East Germany world’s most Godless area

East Germany world’s most Godless area

The former East Germany is officially one of least religious places on the planet, with more than half of people living there saying they do not believe in God.

Court: YouTube liable for copyright breaches

Court: YouTube liable for copyright breaches

A German court ruled on Friday that Google's video sharing service YouTube is responsible when users post copyrighted music clips without permission. The decision could cost YouTube millions in royalties.

Polar bears: lying about their age

Polar bears: lying about their age

Polar bears are much older than previously thought - a new German report has revealed Knut's cousins actually appeared on the planet 600,000 years ago.

Ministry caught in Muslim study leak lie

Ministry caught in Muslim study leak lie

Germany’s Interior Minister was forced to admit on Friday that his ministry had leaked a controversial study on young Muslims in the country to populist Bild newspaper – despite initial denials.

Scientists warn blackbird virus could return

Scientists warn blackbird virus could return

Germany’s blackbirds are at risk from a new outbreak of a deadly virus this summer, experts have warned, after finding it in mosquitoes that have survived the winter.

German economy retains confidence in crisis

German economy retains confidence in crisis

Business confidence in Germany beat expectations to rise again in April, underlining the resilience of Europe's biggest economy to the long-running debt crisis, data showed on Friday.

Long school days ‘hinder new sports stars’

Long school days ‘hinder new sports stars’

Germany's future Steffi Grafs and Dirk Nowitzkis may not have the same chance to become world-class athletes as longer school hours cut into afternoon sports, officials worry.

Kurdish protesters take over another boat

Kurdish protesters take over another boat

Supporters of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) took control of a pleasure boat in Hamburg on Thursday, in the second such incident in Germany in the last week.

Doctors must pay for ‘stolen sperm’ babies

Doctors must pay for ‘stolen sperm’ babies

Two German gynaecologists will have to pay child support for twins they created via artificial insemination – because the biological father did not know anything about it.

Germany, France begin fight to close borders

Germany, France begin fight to close borders

Germany and France began moves this week to reclaim the power to close their borders for up to 30 days, in a simmering battle over immigration in Europe's passport-free Schengen travel zone.