Energy transition cheaper than expected

Energy transition cheaper than expected

Grid operators vastly overestimated the cost of developing Germany's electricity grid to cope with the planned switch from nuclear to renewable energy, it emerged Sunday.

Divorce lawyer launches chainsaw massacre ad

Divorce lawyer launches chainsaw massacre ad

A German divorce lawyer is scaring - and outraging – cinema-goers in Dresden with an advert that features a beautiful woman who has apparently just attacked her husband with a chainsaw.

Castration only way out of prison for child abuser

Castration only way out of prison for child abuser

A German judge told a convicted child sex abuser who attacked boys aged between eight months and four years old, he would never be released unless he underwent chemical castration.

Fears of violence as Berlin biker war escalates

Fears of violence as Berlin biker war escalates

Berlin police have warned that biker gangs could use more guns and explosives as they fight for survival after a crackdown by authorities. Police also fear that Scandinavian organised crime networks may get involved.

Merck to Portugal: pay bills or lose investment

Merck to Portugal: pay bills or lose investment

German pharma giant Merck is threatening to withdraw millions of euros of investment from Portugal – because the state-run hospitals are on average more than 500 days behind in paying their bills.

Young teens in party ban to fight binge-drinking

Young teens in party ban to fight binge-drinking

Young German teenagers could be banned from public events where alcohol is sold – even though they cannot legally buy it – after 8pm if not with a parent, according to new plans to stop teen binge drinking.

Gun club open day leaves two injured

Gun club open day leaves two injured

Organisers of a public relations event at a German gun club were left red-faced on Sunday, after a woman accidentally shot a man in the foot. Both had to be treated for injuries.

Government disowns new info-selling law

Government disowns new info-selling law

The German government has disowned a law passed by its own parties in parliament in less than a minute which enables local authorities to sell people’s personal information even without their permission.

Brokeback rider heads for Olympic bike sprints

Brokeback rider heads for Olympic bike sprints

Three years after surviving an horrific accident, German cyclist Kristina Vogel will arrive at the Olympics as the world team sprint champion and record holder.

Merkel: Europe more than a currency

Merkel: Europe more than a currency

France and Germany marked 50 years of reconciliation on Sunday, their leaders stressing the ties that unite the two countries and condemning news of the desecration of dozens of German war graves.