Elderly man ‘kills brother’ in cellar hostage drama

Elderly man ‘kills brother’ in cellar hostage drama

Police in Bremen were on Sunday evening picking apart a family tragedy in which it seems a 63-year-old mentally ill man killed his brother, after holding him hostage in the cellar of his home.

Germany ‘plans to relax weapons export rules’

Germany ‘plans to relax weapons export rules’

German weapons manufacturers should have an easier time selling their products as the government intends to relax export regulations, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Sunday. The Economy Ministry denied the report.

Weather and mice hit grain harvests

Weather and mice hit grain harvests

Farmers across Germany are preparing for a difficult year as heavy rain and storms – and an explosion in the mouse population – take their toll on grain harvests.

Pug fashion leading to ‘longer noses and legs’

Pug fashion leading to ‘longer noses and legs’

The fashion in pug dogs, long a favourite in Germany, is happily granting the new generations of the little canines longer legs and noses, making their lives easier, breeders say.

Western state attracts most foreign investors

Western state attracts most foreign investors

Bavaria has a reputation for being the most attractive region of Germany for foreign investors – but far more foreign-funded projects land in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a new study shows.

Germans call for action on FIFA bribery claims

Germans call for action on FIFA bribery claims

The German football federation (DBF) on Saturday expressed dismay after FIFA president Sepp Blatter insisted he did not have the power to punish former supremo Joao Havelange after the latter was accused of taking bribes.