Merkel to court Chinese help for euro crisis

Merkel to court Chinese help for euro crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to make her second trip of the year to China this week, with her eyes on getting Chinese support for the European debt crisis.

German hockey champs face €500,000 party bill

German hockey champs face €500,000 party bill

Not only did the German national hockey team win Olympic gold this summer – they proved themselves champions in destructive partying – and are now facing a bill for half a million euros for their post-victory celebrations.

Berlin to mark 100 years since Nefertiti find

Berlin to mark 100 years since Nefertiti find

Berlin's Egyptian Museum said on Monday it will celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the 3,400-year-old fabled bust of Egypt's Queen Nefertiti amid an ongoing feud with Cairo over its ownership.

Lufthansa cabins crews to strike ‘any day now’

Lufthansa cabins crews to strike ‘any day now’

Lufthansa cabin crews will go on an open-ended strike any day now – but will not say when for tactical reasons, their trade union said on Tuesday.

Pensioners working more ‘to avoid old-age poverty’

Pensioners working more ‘to avoid old-age poverty’

The number of German pensioners working “mini-jobs” to supplement their income has risen by 60 percent since 2000, it was revealed on Tuesday. The figures prompted warnings of an old-age poverty epidemic.

WWII bomb forces central Munich evacuation

WWII bomb forces central Munich evacuation

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes in Munich on Monday night after the disposal of a 250-kilo World War II bomb proved more complicated than expected. “It could go off at any time,” said a fire department spokesman.

Bavarian late night beer, juice, only for drivers

Bavarian late night beer, juice, only for drivers

A new interpretation of an old law means that only motorists can shop at late-night petrol stations in Bavaria – leading to the absurd rule that only people in cars can buy alcohol after the state’s 8pm compulsory store closing time.

Paralympics founder’s dreams come true

Paralympics founder’s dreams come true

When German-born Eva Loeffler helped her father organise a sports tournament for wounded World War II soldiers in 1948, she had no idea the contest would grow into the Paralympic Games.

Father ‘killed daughter’s boyfriend in flat fireball’

Father ‘killed daughter’s boyfriend in flat fireball’

A German teenager was killed on Tuesday when his flat blew up, throwing him from the third-floor window. Police have launched a murder investigation and arrested the father of the boy’s girlfriend.

Merkel: ‘nein’ to gay equality on tax and kids

Merkel: ‘nein’ to gay equality on tax and kids

Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected calls to give tax breaks to gay couples equal to those available to married heterosexual couples.