Police nail screw thief

Police nail screw thief

Bavarian police have finally nabbed a man who spent months stealing screws from road signs. Officials, who were running out of the special screws needed, are said to be very relieved.

Fury as masterpieces make way for modern art

Fury as masterpieces make way for modern art

The planned move of a world-class collection of old masters from a purpose-built gallery in central Berlin to make way for modern surrealist art is causing uproar amid fears that many important paintings could end up in storage.

Police admit phantom croc was ‘a large beaver’

Police admit phantom croc was ‘a large beaver’

Police in Bavaria ended a week-long crocodile hunt empty-handed on Monday after experts concluded that their prey was probably a harmless beaver after all. A witness prompted a frantic search in and out of the water.

Merkel ties own political future to Europe

Merkel ties own political future to Europe

Chancellor Angela Merkel has explicitly tied her political future to success in managing the eurozone crisis and keeping the European Union together, as she looked towards next autumn’s parliamentary election in an interview.

Beds, chairs and lifts grow as obesity rises

Beds, chairs and lifts grow as obesity rises

Safety inspectors have warned lift, bed and aeroplane manufacturers to think carefully about their products – because Germans are significantly heavier than they were a decade ago.

Blatter hints Germany bought 2006 World Cup

Blatter hints Germany bought 2006 World Cup

The German Football Association (DFB) and football legend Franz Beckenbauer have reacted angrily to FIFA President Sepp Blatter's suggestion that Germany won the right to host the 2006 World Cup was won with a shady back room deal.

Court: no euro rescue decision until September

Court: no euro rescue decision until September

Germany's top court said Monday it would rule on September 12 on legal challenges to euro crisis-fighting tools, as financial markets nervously await a decision.

Minister condemns buying tax evader CDs

Minister condemns buying tax evader CDs

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has criticised the purchase of Swiss bank details of around 1,000 suspected German tax evaders by a western state which recently paid €3.5 million for a CD full of stolen information.

Germans arrested, wind farm seized in mafia raid

Germans arrested, wind farm seized in mafia raid

Two Germans were among 31 people arrested in a raid on the mafia in the southern Italian region of Calabria. Assets seized included a giant wind farm, the Italian police said.

Puma expects swift sales with Bolt boost

Puma expects swift sales with Bolt boost

With the London Olympic games just days away, German sportswear giant Puma is pinning its hopes on sprint legend Usain Bolt to speed up sales and outpace its bigger competitors Adidas and Nike.