Germany defeat Dutch, head for Euro quarters

Germany defeat Dutch, head for Euro quarters

Germany are almost within reach of the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after dispatching the Netherlands 2-1 on Wednesday night. Mario Gomez scored twice as the disappointing Dutch edged closer to a first-round exit.

Germans working more hours than for 20 years

Germans working more hours than for 20 years

German employees are working harder than they have for the last two decades – with more than 15 billion work hours in the first quarter of this year, new figures show.

Charges for couple who held German girl as slave

Charges for couple who held German girl as slave

A Bosnian couple who held a young German woman captive for more than six years have been charged with her imprisonment, a spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

Germans take on the desperate Dutch

Germans take on the desperate Dutch

Germany take on the Netherlands in the pick of Wednesday's ties in Euro 2012, with the Dutch knowing that defeat could consign them to an early exit from the tournament.

Baltic beaches declared no smoking zones

Baltic beaches declared no smoking zones

Germany may take a more relaxed attitude to smoking than other European countries, but one northern state is on the way to stubbing this out after declaring two of its beaches non-smoking last week.

Berlin Wall park entrance fee mulled for rubbish

Berlin Wall park entrance fee mulled for rubbish

People visiting one of Germany’s most popular parks, built on the site of the Berlin Wall, could soon be asked to pay a euro entry – to help pay for the enormous clear-up of litter needed each week to stop it turning into a rubbish tip.

Germans disappointed by Obama over attacks

Germans disappointed by Obama over attacks

Germans are feeling less positive towards the United States and disappointed with their erstwhile hero, President Barack Obama, with significant opposition to the US use of drones to target and kill terrorists.

Energy firms want billions for nuke exit

Energy firms want billions for nuke exit

German power suppliers are suing the government for €15 billion in damages over the decision to abandon nuclear power, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Upmarket hotel plans for Nazi beach resort

Upmarket hotel plans for Nazi beach resort

It is one of the biggest relics left behind by the Nazis, perched on one of Germany's most spectacular beaches, and after years of neglect it is getting a new lease of life.

Go-ahead for €1.6 billion particle accelerator

Go-ahead for €1.6 billion particle accelerator

Plans to build a €1.6 billion particle accelerator in Germany cleared the first main hurdle on Tuesday when authorities gave the go-ahead for construction to begin.

Merkel losing domestic political oxygen

Merkel losing domestic political oxygen

Chancellor Angela Merkel saw her domestic political oxygen further restricted on Tuesday as two regional governments took shape – without her party having a look in.