Leipzig sets up rapid-reaction library force

Leipzig sets up rapid-reaction library force

It took three years of careful planning, but German librarians have – very neatly – signed a pact to race to each other’s aid in the event of a book-related disaster.

Germans tip-top for generosity on holiday

Germans tip-top for generosity on holiday

Germans on holiday may have a reputation for annoying others by staking out their claim to sun loungers with a towel before breakfast – but it seems they are also among the most generous and savvy tippers.

Can euro rescue absolve Holocaust guilt?

Can euro rescue absolve Holocaust guilt?

Former Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin has provoked outrage by arguing that Germany's euro policy is driven by a Holocaust guilt trip. He also said the single currency was always a bad idea. Does he have a point? Have your say.

Bruno ‘The Orca’ takes on mammoth swim

Bruno ‘The Orca’ takes on mammoth swim

Weighing 110 kilograms, Bruno “the Orca” Dobelmann may not look like an athlete, but on Monday he set off to swim across Lake Constance in just a pair of trunks. If he succeeds, the German will set a new world record.

Ex-banker: German euro rescue is Holocaust guilt

Ex-banker: German euro rescue is Holocaust guilt

Ex-central banker turned controversy merchant Thilo Sarrazin has attracted fresh outrage with a book claiming Germany's European policy is driven by guilt for World War II and the Holocaust.

Central Bank: there is no ‘Plan B’ for Greece

Central Bank: there is no ‘Plan B’ for Greece

The European Central Bank is not working on any alternative plan to Greece staying in the single currency a top official said on Monday, dismissing ideas that a “Plan B” was in development.

German doctor dies on Everest clean-up

German doctor dies on Everest clean-up

A German man died on Mount Everest where he was helping clear the world's highest peak of rubbish, Nepalese tourism officials announced. His death brings the season's toll to five.

Drunken golfer practices in central Cologne

Drunken golfer practices in central Cologne

A man was arrested on Saturday for using the centre of the historic German city of Cologne as a driving range, after one of his wayward iron shots hit a taxi.

Islamist urges ‘death for far-right party members’

Islamist urges ‘death for far-right party members’

A German Islamist has called for the murder of members of a far-right party that regularly provokes ultra-conservative Muslims using cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

NATO gives OK to European missile shield

NATO gives OK to European missile shield

NATO leaders on Sunday gave the go-ahead for the new European missile shield, provoking anger in Russia. The US air base in Ramstein, western Germany, will host part of the system.