One month, 36,000 kilometres: Europe’s Interrail champion

One month, 36,000 kilometres: Europe’s Interrail champion

Twenty-five years ago this year Manfred Weis travelled 36,030 kilometres by train in the space of just one month. This gave him a place in the Guinness Book of Records and a whole new perspective on the world.

Nightclubs pull plug in license fee protest

Nightclubs pull plug in license fee protest

Up to 600 clubs and bars in Germany will turn off the music for five minutes on Saturday in protest at plans to increase music licensing fees.

Last coal marks end of Saarland mining

Last coal marks end of Saarland mining

An era quietly ended on Friday when the last coal was brought up from the west German Saarland region.

Heat and storms continue in see-saw summer

Heat and storms continue in see-saw summer

The German Weather Service (DWD) released a severe weather warning for areas of western Germany on Friday, with the Express regional paper even saying that tornadoes were possible alongside heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

Man ‘paid €1,000 to have girlfriend killed’

Man ‘paid €1,000 to have girlfriend killed’

A man who planned to use his girlfriend’s life insurance to start up a riding school, paid another man €1,000 to kill her – using a love-struck woman as a go-between to arrange the murder, German police said on Friday.

EU helps Spain, Italy, but still no eurobonds

EU helps Spain, Italy, but still no eurobonds

Chancellor Angela Merkel made some compromises during the EU summit on Thursday night, despite having sworn there would be no Eurobond sharing of debt while she lived.

Rare gangster-rapper T-shirt betrays robber

Rare gangster-rapper T-shirt betrays robber

A German man who allegedly took part in a shooting and robbery threw away the rare T-shirt he had used to cover his face during the crime – only for police to use it to track him down because only three had ever been sold in his town.

Fans and footballers frustrated by Italian win

Fans and footballers frustrated by Italian win

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose may delay his retirement for two more years to play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and help make amends for Germany's tearful exit from Euro 2012.

Most Germans do not want a more powerful EU

Most Germans do not want a more powerful EU

Nearly two thirds of Germans oppose giving more political control to the EU, a poll showed on Thursday. This is contrast to Chancellor Angela Merkel who has consistently said “more Europe” is needed to tackle the debt crisis.

Choir face-off with Czech cops over bus driver

Choir face-off with Czech cops over bus driver

A German choir on the way home from an excursion to the Czech Republic got caught up in a two-hour stand-off with police who wanted to arrest their driver for bad parking.