Artist banned from strangling puppies

Artist banned from strangling puppies

A German artist who planned to strangle two puppies to death on stage in a Berlin theatre has been told that highlighting the plight of sled dogs in Alaska is not a good enough reason to kill the dogs.

Struggling Neckermann cuts half its jobs

Struggling Neckermann cuts half its jobs

Germany’s third largest mail-order company, Neckermann, is cutting more than half its jobs in a bid to stay in business after being hit hard by falling turnover in the clothes market.

Controversial shoot-’em-up scoops top prize

Controversial shoot-’em-up scoops top prize

A row blew up over a violent computer game on Friday after it took top honours at the German Computer Game Awards against the wishes of the government, which partly sponsors the €50,000 first prize.

Germany’s engineers to strike over pay

Germany’s engineers to strike over pay

Germany's powerful IG Metall labour union called on Friday for country-wide strikes in the key engineering and metalworking sectors from this weekend in an escalating dispute over pay.

Merkel sends stern warning to Hollande

Merkel sends stern warning to Hollande

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has attacked French presidential candidate François Hollande in the middle of France's presidential election, warning him that the EU's new Fiscal Compact was not up for discussion.

Australian found dead in Dresden cemetery

Australian found dead in Dresden cemetery

A 26-year-old Australian man has been found dead in a cemetery in Dresden, police confirmed, several weeks after he was reported missing.

Pop titan and prince sue over sarky adverts

Pop titan and prince sue over sarky adverts

Germany's king of kitsch Dieter Bohlen, who earns a fortune criticising teenagers with sarcastic one-liners on a TV talent show, is going to the European Court of Human Rights over an advertising campaign that mocked him.

Three dead after car hits tree and rips apart

Three dead after car hits tree and rips apart

A 30-year-old and two others were killed in a car crash on Thursday evening in western Germany, after the driver lost control and hit a tree head-on.

Lufthansa plans new budget airline

Lufthansa plans new budget airline

Germany’s biggest airline Lufthansa may be setting up a new budget airline “Direct 4 You” to take over the company’s European flights for as little as €49 one way, national newspapers reported on Friday.

Tan-happy Germans double skin cancer risk

Tan-happy Germans double skin cancer risk

The German love of tanning salons is giving them increasing rates of skin cancer, with scientists this week saying sun-beds were more dangerous than previously thought.