Restructuring expert takes the wheel at Opel

Restructuring expert takes the wheel at Opel

A former restructuring expert has taken the wheel at Opel to lead the ailing auto maker – as it released dismaying figures which showed a significant drop in turnover this year.

Berlin doctors release first MRI film of birth

Berlin doctors release first MRI film of birth

German doctors have released extraordinary moving images of a baby being born – using an MRI scanner which shows the dynamic process of the child being pushed out into the world.

Germany urges China: treat our man better

Germany urges China: treat our man better

Germany's justice minister called on Tuesday for the fair treatment of a man who has been sat in Beijing prison for the past three months on suspicion of art smuggling.

Sun vouchers ‘could draw Germans to Greece’

Sun vouchers ‘could draw Germans to Greece’

Members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition called on Tuesday to create subsidies for holidays in the sun-kissed southern European countries hit hardest by the debt crisis.

Illegal marriage trick leaves woman hitched

Illegal marriage trick leaves woman hitched

A German woman who was tricked into an illegal marriage is fighting a tangle of bureaucracy to try to get it undone – but a court said if she was never properly married, she cannot get divorced.

Thousands of jobs to go at Karstadt and RWE

Thousands of jobs to go at Karstadt and RWE

Several thousand jobs are set to be lost across Germany, it emerged on Tuesday when department store chain Karstadt said it was cutting 2,000 positions, and energy giant RWE said it was targeting thousands more.

States split as Bavaria fights finance transfer

States split as Bavaria fights finance transfer

The southern German state of Bavaria is challenging the system whereby it sends more than €3 billion a year to less well-off states. The state government decided on Tuesday to take its complaint to the Constitutional Court.

ECB ‘ready and waiting’ to oversee banks

ECB ‘ready and waiting’ to oversee banks

The European Central Bank (ECB) could take on the key role of supervising the eurozone's strained banking system very quickly if necessary, a German financial daily reported on Tuesday.

Olympic torch sponsor sends execs as runners

Olympic torch sponsor sends execs as runners

Several Germans have won a place as Olympic torchbearers on the relay trail in Britain – seemingly for no other reason than their good connections with – or jobs at - major sponsor Samsung.

Couple embark on Afghan circus road-trip

Couple embark on Afghan circus road-trip

A German woman and her Canadian partner set off last week to help bring a circus to children in Afghanistan. They will be braving the Taliban by taking a rickshaw on one of the world's most dangerous road trips.