Schlecker rescue fails, 13,000 jobs doomed

Schlecker rescue fails, 13,000 jobs doomed

The insolvent German drugstore chain Schlecker is to be broken up with the loss of 13,200 jobs after a panel of creditors decided there was no way forward for the beleaguered business, administrators announced on Friday.

Merkel and Putin: tackle Syria with politics

Merkel and Putin: tackle Syria with politics

Germany and Russia agree that the Syrian conflict would best be resolved by political means, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday after meeting President Vladimir Putin who underlined his opposition to the use of armed force.

Conductor goes off rails, steals driver seats

Conductor goes off rails, steals driver seats

Police who raided a train conductor's house found it rammed full of stolen Deutsche Bahn signs, a collection of train driver seats and loads of radio equipment. His frustrated house-mate had called the cops.

Football delegation visits Auschwitz

Football delegation visits Auschwitz

Germany captain Philipp Lahm and team-mates on Friday honoured Holocaust victims in an emotionally-charged visit to the site of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Fair weekend but rockers face rainy Sunday

Fair weekend but rockers face rainy Sunday

Germans hoping to enjoy alfresco pursuits over the weekend should find the weather mostly cooperative, but may have to contend with occasional showers, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Butcher unveils sausage vending machine

Butcher unveils sausage vending machine

An enterprising German butcher has built a sausage vending machine outside his shop so that late-night carnivores can get their hands on after-hours meaty treats.

Kids – eat 59,000 calories for a football shirt!

Kids – eat 59,000 calories for a football shirt!

Children in Germany are being encouraged to eat their way through 59,000 calories to get a free football shirt ahead of the Euro 2012 championship – even though they may have trouble fitting into it by the time it arrives.

Germany beat Israel, still ‘have far to go’

Germany beat Israel, still ‘have far to go’

Germany coach Joachim Löw admitted his team have much to improve after they laboured to a 2-0 friendly win over minnows Israel on Thursday in their final warm-up game before Euro 2012.

Deutsche Bank CEO steps down

Deutsche Bank CEO steps down

Deutsche Bank chief Josef Ackermann officially stepped down on Thursday, ending a decade-long reign as head of Germany's biggest bank during which he repeatedly courted controversy.

Ex-pat Brits gear up for royal jubilee

Ex-pat Brits gear up for royal jubilee

This weekend sees the climax of the year-long celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee - and in Germany it is not just the ex-pats who are gearing up for the festivities.