Luftwaffe escort startles holidaymakers

Luftwaffe escort startles holidaymakers

Holidaymakers on their way to Majorca got a fright on Wednesday morning when out of the blue two Luftwaffe Phantom jets showed up right next to their plane and escorted it for 15 minutes.

Düsseldorf ‘terror cell’ in court over bomb plot

Düsseldorf ‘terror cell’ in court over bomb plot

Four suspected al Qaida members went on trial in Düsseldorf on Wednesday accused of planning to set off a shrapnel bomb in a crowd to cause a blood bath – and then to detonate another one once rescue services arrived.

Sea Shepherd hauls anchor, skips bail

Sea Shepherd hauls anchor, skips bail

Environmental activist Paul Watson has fled Germany, breaking bail conditions, his lawyer confirmed on Wednesday. A court promptly reissued a warrant for his arrest and extradition to Costa Rica.

Voters favour Merkel but neither major party

Voters favour Merkel but neither major party

German voters have no great appetite to get rid of Chancellor Angela Merkel at the next general election – but are not hungry for either main political party to dominate the next government.

Court: new election law needed pronto

Court: new election law needed pronto

Germany’s highest court told the government to re-do its homework and do it properly this time, saying a new voting law was against the constitution.

Live wolves in dance show ‘the latest shock’

Live wolves in dance show ‘the latest shock’

Two wolves will be the stars of a modern dance performance in front of a live audience in Germany it emerged this week, prompting outrage among animal rights activists.

Finance Minister: Spain stronger than its debt

Finance Minister: Spain stronger than its debt

German and Spanish finance ministers sought to contain fears for the eurozone on Tuesday, saying that Spain's soaring borrowing costs did not correspond to its economic strength or the "sustainability of its public debt."

Prosecutors probe voyeur gynaecologist

Prosecutors probe voyeur gynaecologist

German prosecutors said on Tuesday they had opened an investigation into a gynaecologist who allegedly took intimate pictures of women in his care using James Bond-style mini-cameras hidden in a watch and a pen.

A beer costs three minutes’ work – like 1991

A beer costs three minutes’ work – like 1991

It takes the average German three minutes to earn enough to buy a beer, exactly the same as 20 years ago, according to a study on Tuesday showing the euro has not eroded Germany's purchasing power.

Unique North Pole seaplane replica unveiled

Unique North Pole seaplane replica unveiled

A hand-crafted replica of the plane which took Roald Amundsen on the first airborne mission to the North Pole will be unveiled in Germany on Wednesday after two years of painstaking work to create it.