Hollande arrives in Berlin after lightning strike

Hollande arrives in Berlin after lightning strike

New French President Francois Hollande arrived at German Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Tuesday evening for talks set to be dominated by the eurozone crisis and Greece's political woes.

‘Send him to hell’: rapper in hiding after Fatwa

‘Send him to hell’: rapper in hiding after Fatwa

An Iranian rapper is in hiding in Germany after religious leaders said his songs were capital crimes and money was offered for his execution. It is said a song he wrote was offensive to Islam – he says it was critical of the Iranian regime.

Retracing the tracks of a Cold War institution

Retracing the tracks of a Cold War institution

The British Military Train ferried soldiers between Berlin and West Germany throughout the Cold War. It took to the rails for one last time last weekend, laden with former regulars and their memories. James Gheerbrant was on board.

Court: Bin man’s knee injury like athlete’s

Court: Bin man’s knee injury like athlete’s

A German bin man who developed chronic knee pain from jumping out of rubbish collection trucks was told by a court his work-related injury was comparable to those suffered by top athletes.

Merkel awaits crunch first meet with Hollande

Merkel awaits crunch first meet with Hollande

Germany and France test their historic bond on Tuesday with new French President Francois Hollande due in Berlin early on Tuesday evening in search of compromise over the eurozone crisis.

German investor confidence tumbles

German investor confidence tumbles

German investor confidence fell sharply in May, following five straight months of increase data showed Tuesday, while a poll of Financial analysts showed growing concern about the eurozone debt crisis.

Smart pedal tells driver when to ease off gas

Smart pedal tells driver when to ease off gas

Mercedes is developing a smart accelerator pedal which pushes back against drivers who threaten to ruin fuel efficiency by putting their foot down too hard. It promises to reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent, the firm said.

Red-faced politician stuck in ceremony digger

Red-faced politician stuck in ceremony digger

A German politician ended up trapped in a toppled-over 40-tonne digger at a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of a new road project. His minders pulled him out through a smashed window.

‘Made in Germany’ goods help dodge recession

‘Made in Germany’ goods help dodge recession

Germany has avoided recession despite the resurgent eurozone debt crisis, official data showed on Tuesday, confirming the resilience of Europe's top economy to the surrounding turmoil.

Wedding-gift thief filled flat with presents

Wedding-gift thief filled flat with presents

Police who caught a serial wedding-gift thief found three truck-loads of stolen goods in his house, many of them presents destined for brides and grooms around southern Germany.

UN climate change talks begin, opinion splits

UN climate change talks begin, opinion splits

A new round of global climate talks opened in Bonn on Monday with rich and poor countries squaring off over greenhouse gas reduction targets to halt the pace of planet warming.