Germans plan holidays despite euro crisis

Germans plan holidays despite euro crisis

As the school summer holidays kicked in on Wednesday in parts of Germany, it also emerged that the country’s wanderlust has not been squashed by the European financial crisis, with over 60 percent of people planning a holiday.

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Merkel will see Germany take on Greece

Merkel will see Germany take on Greece

Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend the Euro 2012 quarter final between Germany and Greece on Friday, a spokesman said, a match with plenty of resonance off the field amid a crippling economic crisis.

Government report slams own child care plan

Government report slams own child care plan

A government report has come out against it’s own plans to pay money to parents who keep their toddlers at home instead of sending them to day care. It says the children will ultimately suffer.

German banker: I took $44m Formula 1 bribe

German banker: I took $44m Formula 1 bribe

A former top German bank manager has admitted taking $44 million from Formula 1 owner Bernie Ecclestone for selling the race business to the “right” bidder. He described his payment as a “giant mountain of money.”

Smoke alarms could be disaster warning system

Smoke alarms could be disaster warning system

The German government is mulling ways to set up a national central disaster warning system, to replace the Cold War era siren network which is no longer functional. One idea is to turn domestic smoke alarms into a national system.

Fossilised turtle orgy a world first

Fossilised turtle orgy a world first

Palaeontologists have dug up fossils of turtles literally caught in the act at a German site – the first time fossilised vertebrates having sex have ever been found.

‘Psychopaths tortured and killed’ old people

‘Psychopaths tortured and killed’ old people

A German old people's home has pressed charges against two of its own employees, accusing them of neglect, abuse, stealing drugs, and manslaughter. One of them is said to have operated on a woman in his care.

Police hunt Bernhard the fugitive kangaroo

Police hunt Bernhard the fugitive kangaroo

German police are hopping mad after they let a runaway kangaroo named Bernhard slip through their fingers, despite having cornered him in a garden. The mutinous marsupial was privately owned.

Book describes Germany without foreigners

Book describes Germany without foreigners

There are seven million foreigners living in Germany. What if the dreams of xenophobes came true and they all left? A new book examines the vision – as James Gheerbrant discovers, no aspect of life would remain untouched.

German deported home for terrorist links

German deported home for terrorist links

A German national arrested in Tanzania for allegedly being a member of Al-Qaeda has been deported to Germany and detained, officials said on Tuesday.