Gold and silver on water, wheels and foot

Gold and silver on water, wheels and foot

German athletes brought home more medals on Wednesday, with the rowing eight claiming gold, Judith Arndt claiming silver in the cycling time trial, Tony Martin taking silver in the men’s event and Kerstin Thiele winning silver in judo.

Minister completes security service shake up

Minister completes security service shake up

New leaders for Germany’s federal police force and its domestic intelligence service were appointed to their respective authorities on Wednesday - after weeks of resignations, sackings and bad feeling.

Haribo fined for sour business practices

Haribo fined for sour business practices

German antitrust authorities said on Wednesday they had fined sweet maker Haribo more than €2 million for the banned swapping of sales information with rival producers.

Assisted suicide law splits government

Assisted suicide law splits government

A row has blown up within the government about possible changes to German assisted suicide laws, after the justice minister said she wanted to enable not just relatives but also doctors and friends to help people to die.

Day care missing for hordes of toddlers

Day care missing for hordes of toddlers

Germany’s often cash-strapped local authorities have a year to create at least 130,000 day care places – or they will be breaking the law.

Woman cheats death as rock destroys car

Woman cheats death as rock destroys car

A woman narrowly missed being hit by a huge rock which fell from a cliff and completely wrecked the car she had just got out of. German police said she cheated death by a couple of steps.

International diamond snatcher granny jailed

International diamond snatcher granny jailed

A granny who stole millions of euros worth of jewellery by snatching diamonds and replacing them with fakes while a beautiful young accomplice distracted the shopkeepers was jailed for five years in Germany on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank ‘led by losers’, says ex CEO

Deutsche Bank ‘led by losers’, says ex CEO

As Deutsche Bank’s chief executives Anshu Jain and Jürgen Fitschen launch a cost-cutting plan to save €3 billion, and admit the firm’s involvement in the Libor-fixing scandal, their predecessor Joseph Ackermann has called them “losers”.

Biker gang war in Berlin ‘goes Scandinavian’

Biker gang war in Berlin ‘goes Scandinavian’

Police say they foiled a murderous revenge attack by one biker gang on another when they stopped three Scandinavia-based men heading for Germany equipped with explosives, detonators and bullet-proof vests.

Storms ‘getting stronger’ due to warmer ground

Storms ‘getting stronger’ due to warmer ground

Storms over Germany have been more intense over the past year, and are causing more damage, because the ground is warmer, weather experts said on Tuesday.