Ciao! Italians kick Germany out of Euros

Ciao! Italians kick Germany out of Euros

Italy kicked Germany out of the Euro 2012 tournament on Thursday night with a 2-1 victory over Joachim Löw's suddenly unimpressive team. Italy will now take on Spain in the final on Sunday.

Germans Pick Up Pace at 2012 World Series of Poker
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Germans Pick Up Pace at 2012 World Series of Poker

After a slow start to the 2012 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, German poker players have picked up the pace in the last week with several good results.

German cities wary of WWII bombers memorial

German cities wary of WWII bombers memorial

Representatives of German cities destroyed in World War II bomb raids seemed circumspect on Thursday as Queen Elizabeth dedicated a memorial to the bomber pilots – with only an afterthought mention of the tens of thousands of civilian victims.

Tap water ‘better than bottled brands’

Tap water ‘better than bottled brands’

Buying expensive bottled water rather than getting it out of a tap could not only be a waste of money, but have much fewer health benefits than advertisers would like consumers to believe, a German watchdog said on Thursday.

Organist fired for ‘living in sin’ wins payout

Organist fired for ‘living in sin’ wins payout

A German organist and choirmaster who was fired for “living in sin” will be paid €40,000 in compensation, after he took his case all the way to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) which ruled he had a right to a private life.

Mid-sized firms plan to invest – with own cash

Mid-sized firms plan to invest – with own cash

Some 85 percent of medium-sized German companies are planning to invest this year, but relatively few will run to the bank to borrow money, a study released on Thursday by the Deutsche Bank showed.

‘Go home and lie’, court tells lesbian Iranian

‘Go home and lie’, court tells lesbian Iranian

A German court told a lesbian who had fled persecution in Iran, to go back and simply live discreetly and hide her sexuality. Iranian courts sentence lesbians to whippings and, in a fourth instance, death.

Intel ‘destroyed as Nazi terror group exposed’

Intel ‘destroyed as Nazi terror group exposed’

Germany’s domestic intelligence service destroyed files on neo-Nazis linked to the terror gang which claimed the murders of ten people - on the day the killings were traced to them, it has emerged. The interior minister has demanded an explanation.

Immigrants ‘doing better at school and work’

Immigrants ‘doing better at school and work’

Immigrants to Germany are facing less job discrimination and their children are doing better in school, but some problems remain, various reports released this week showed.

Black market in Wagner festival tickets booms

Black market in Wagner festival tickets booms

The number of people buying and selling black market tickets to the legendary Bayreuth festival is higher than ever before, a financial newspaper reported on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany:  June 28 – July 4

What’s on in Germany: June 28 – July 4

This Week's Highlights: Japanese films in Cologne, an American play in Frankfurt, and a mediaeval festival in Bretten.

Schweinsteiger: golden generation needs title

Schweinsteiger: golden generation needs title

As Germany prepares for Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final clash against Italy, midfield star Bastian Schweinsteiger has said Germany need a title to crown the rise of their current golden generation.

Astronaut – we need to clean up space

Astronaut – we need to clean up space

German astronaut Thomas Reiter has warned that a space clear-up is needed to protect the satellites upon which many aspects of modern life depend.