Police watched as brothel visitors drugged, robbed

Police watched as brothel visitors drugged, robbed

Police watched for nearly a year while customers at a German brothel were regularly drugged so their bank accounts could be raided, and photographed naked with prostitutes so they could be blackmailed.

Anthrax outbreak kills cows, 50 people treated

Anthrax outbreak kills cows, 50 people treated

An anthrax outbreak has left at least nine cows dead and 50 people on antibiotics in eastern Germany, authorities said on Friday. Experts fear the cause was infected dead animals buried where the cows were grazing.

‘Millions and billions’ mix-up confuses MPs

‘Millions and billions’ mix-up confuses MPs

In comforting news for German learners everywhere, civil servants at the Finance Ministry accidentally replaced the word Milliarden (billions) with Millionen (millions) in a recent official paper, considerably slashing Spain's bailout.

Neo-Nazi acquitted after driving into leftists

Neo-Nazi acquitted after driving into leftists

A German neo-Nazi who drove into a group of leftists, leaving one with a brain injury, has been acquitted of attempted manslaughter. The judge found he was acting in self-defence.

Quarter of Germans think bankers are criminal

Quarter of Germans think bankers are criminal

Nearly one in four Germans consider bankers to be “extremely criminal” in the light of the many recent scandals - interest rate fixing, for example - a new survey revealed.

E-coli contamination ‘false alarm’ sparks row

E-coli contamination ‘false alarm’ sparks row

A quarter of a million Germans have been boiling their water and emptying their supermarkets of the bottled wet stuff for the last week after an E-coli scare – which officials now say could have been a false alarm.

Top 10 German superstitions

Top 10 German superstitions

Do you pester chimney sweeps and bury dogs under doorsteps? No, you're not having a nervous breakdown, you're just a very superstitious German. This special Friday 13th Local List collects some of Germany's best old wives' tales.

102 Brits rescued from burning riverboat

102 Brits rescued from burning riverboat

A leisure cruiser travelling along the River Rhine, western Germany, went up in flames in the early hours of Friday morning, with 102 British holidaymakers and 40 crew members on board.

German loses appeal to serve time back home

German loses appeal to serve time back home

A German diplomat's son who has spent 22 years in a US prison after being convicted of murder has been denied the right to be moved to a German prison. He still protests his innocence.

Merkel takes Romanian envoy to task over crisis

Merkel takes Romanian envoy to task over crisis

Germany summoned Romania's ambassador to Chancellor Angela Merkel's office on Thursday, her spokesman said, over fears democracy is under threat in the EU nation amid a constitutional crisis.