Gauck talks of ‘special’ relationship with Israel

Gauck talks of ‘special’ relationship with Israel

German President Joachim Gauck said on Tuesday that his first state visit to Israel should underline the "always special relationship" between the two countries.

Expanding electric grid to cost €20 billion

Expanding electric grid to cost €20 billion

Expanding Germany's electricity grid to cope with the country's planned exit from nuclear power will cost about €20 billion over the next decade, a network operator warned on Tuesday.

Dad faces poaching charge for fake fishing

Dad faces poaching charge for fake fishing

A German dad who tried to impress his kids while on holiday by “catching” a couple of fish that he had actually bought at a supermarket - could face prison after being prosecuted for poaching.

One in nine German children ‘missing basics’

One in nine German children ‘missing basics’

Nearly one in nine German children go without essentials such as warm food or somewhere to do their homework, despite living in one of Europe's richest countries, the United Nations Children's Fund said on Tuesday.

Germany expels Syrian envoy over massacre

Germany expels Syrian envoy over massacre

Germany expelled the Syrian ambassador to Berlin on Tuesday in protest over the weekend massacre of at least 108 people in the town of Houla.

Germans – ‘hardest working, most admired’

Germans – ‘hardest working, most admired’

Europeans and Americans see Germans as the hardest-working in the continent, and admire the country more than any other, according to a new study.

German fliers ignore carbon off-set schemes

German fliers ignore carbon off-set schemes

Germans may be green at home but not it seems, when they take to the air, with hardly any opting to pay extra to counteract their carbon footprint, Lufthansa says.

Bundeswehr ‘needs wealthy southerners too’

Bundeswehr ‘needs wealthy southerners too’

The German army needs recruits from wealthy southern areas of the country as well as the poorer, eastern regions, the country’s defence minister said at the weekend.

Hells Angel: cop raid damaged my terrace

Hells Angel: cop raid damaged my terrace

The German Hells Angels leader whose house was raided last week by police abseiling from a helicopter has complained that his property was damaged – and was given room for his complaints in the country’s biggest newspaper.

Couple’s house blown away by gas explosion

Couple’s house blown away by gas explosion

A retired couple who went to Berlin for the weekend came home to find their home literally blown away after a gas explosion not only destroyed their house but also buried their neighbour who had gone in to water the plants.