Schlecker homes raided on suspicion of foul play

Schlecker homes raided on suspicion of foul play

The collapse of drug store chain Schlecker became the focus of a criminal investigation on Wednesday after police raided more than 20 homes and offices, including the villa of company founder Anton Schlecker.

Intel warns of neo-Nazi copycats, pledges reform

Intel warns of neo-Nazi copycats, pledges reform

Germany could be in danger of neo-Nazi copycats emulating the gang which claimed to have killed ten people over several years, the domestic intelligence service warned on Wednesday.

Grave error: woman finds skull at mum’s headstone

Grave error: woman finds skull at mum’s headstone

A grieving woman who went to tend her mother’s grave in Cologne got the shock of her life when she found a skull, complete with a set of teeth, in the mud by the headstone.

Europcar fined for tracking rental customers

Europcar fined for tracking rental customers

People hiring luxury cars from Europcar in Hamburg were being tracked as they drove around, in what data protection officials have called "a serious breach of the right to privacy." The firm has been fined more than €50,000.

Football hooligans could be banned for a decade

Football hooligans could be banned for a decade

German football hooligans could be banned from matches for up to 10 years, although a crackdown on violence and sports security stopped short of making all stadiums in the country all-seaters.

German scientists create world’s lightest material

German scientists create world’s lightest material

German scientists have invented the world's lightest material - which is also strong, regains its shape after being squashed and even conducts electricity. Scientists believe the material will have a wide range of uses.

Court: Refugees must have the bare minimum

Court: Refugees must have the bare minimum

Asylum seekers and war refugees in Germany have been promised a better level of state support by the Constitutional Court - which ruled on Wednesday morning they must get around the same as those on basic unemployment benefits.

Thalidomide victim wins millions from drugs firms

Thalidomide victim wins millions from drugs firms

A woman born without limbs after her mother took thalidomide while pregnant won on Wednesday a landmark multi-million dollar settlement in her class action against drug firms - including Germany-based Grünenthal.

‘At least 400’ school massacre threats a year

‘At least 400’ school massacre threats a year

Each year at least 400 German schoolchildren threaten to attack their school or college, a new study based on previously unpublished data shows. Poor record keeping is probably keeping the figure artificially low, its author warned.

Legendary Nürburgring track to go bankrupt

Legendary Nürburgring track to go bankrupt

This year’s Rock am Ring music festival was likely the last at the legendary Nürburgring racing track – as the state-owned firm which owns it applied for bankruptcy on Wednesday.