Health insurers caught wasting contributions

Health insurers caught wasting contributions

A government report released on Tuesday has uncovered huge wastage in Germany's health care system - one state insurer spent €10,719 on detectives to follow someone who may have illegally claimed €15 per day.

Elderly climber survives week stuck in glacier

Elderly climber survives week stuck in glacier

A senior citizen claims he was trapped in the crevice of an Austrian glacier for a week before nearby climbers heard his cries for help and alerted emergency services on Tuesday.

Ex-Chancellor’s wife’s office attacked

Ex-Chancellor’s wife’s office attacked

Unknown attackers broke the windows at the office of ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s wife Doris, for the second time, just five months before the state election in which she is standing.

Berlin airport worker ‘may have planned attack’

Berlin airport worker ‘may have planned attack’

A man who security forces said could have been planning a terror attack has been working in security at the construction site of Berlin’s new airport, an intelligence report has revealed.

Top journalist ‘murders former boss’ – in a book

Top journalist ‘murders former boss’ – in a book

A top German journalist has murdered and chopped up his disliked former boss – in the pages of a novel published under a fake name, a newspaper has claimed.

Do we need cops at minor car accidents?

Do we need cops at minor car accidents?

Are police needed at minor car accidents; a dent or a scratch? A German police chief says they are wasting their time on such matters. Is he right, or should a cop be there to ensure everything is done properly? Have your say.

Scientists search for stinky schnitzel solution

Scientists search for stinky schnitzel solution

New animal welfare laws ruling out piglet castration without anaesthetic could soon leave pork meat with a musky smell, prompting a scientific scramble to prevent stinky schnitzel and sausages.

Ticket prices set to soar as airlines chase profits

Ticket prices set to soar as airlines chase profits

The days of really cheap air travel are numbered, Germany’s air travel industry association has warned, saying that airlines needed to increase their profits to remain solvent.

Minor traffic accidents ‘waste police time’

Minor traffic accidents ‘waste police time’

Police officers are wasting their time dealing with minor road accidents, and should no longer have to go to record details of drivers whose cars have dents after small collisions, the head of Münster police says.

‘Free Bavaria!’ demands veteran politician

‘Free Bavaria!’ demands veteran politician

A respected old-timer in the conservative Bavaria-based Christian Social Union (CSU) has called for independence for his beloved state, arguing that its wealth is being fleeced by Berlin and Brussels.