Watchdog slams McDonald’s book scheme

Watchdog slams McDonald’s book scheme

A German consumer group has criticised McDonald’s and a reading promotion campaign for a scheme to give children a book with every Happy Meal they are bought this month.

‘Eating posture’ tax codes to be scrapped

‘Eating posture’ tax codes to be scrapped

Germany wants to change confusing laws that subjects fast food stands to differing amounts of tax depending on whether their customers sit or stand to eat.

Man snatches child ‘to increase contact with ex’

Man snatches child ‘to increase contact with ex’

Police commandos on Thursday stormed a call-shop to rescue a five-year-old girl who had been snatched by her mother's former partner. He kidnapped the child in hope of having more contact with his ex.

Germany’s original teen sex advice writer dies

Germany’s original teen sex advice writer dies

The man who gave millions of German teenagers their first information about sex and love has died at 85. Bravo magazine's original “Dr Sommer” Martin Goldstein gave frank advice to readers after spending his own childhood dodging Nazis.

Frankfurt airport strike creates flight chaos

Frankfurt airport strike creates flight chaos

Air traffic in and out of Frankfurt airport, Europe’s third busiest, struggled to normalise on Friday afternoon after hundreds of flights were cancelled due to a Lufthansa cabin crew strike. The effects were felt throughout Europe.

Zoo chief threatened after shooting attack tiger

Zoo chief threatened after shooting attack tiger

The Cologne zoo director received so many threats since shooting dead a tiger which had killed a keeper that the zoo has removed its Facebook page from the internet.

Tech-hungry visitors flood IFA electronics fair

Tech-hungry visitors flood IFA electronics fair

Europe's largest consumer electronics fair welcomed thousands of visitors to Berlin on Friday morning, where more than 1,400 exhibitors were displaying their latest and greatest products.

Jews call on Muslims to fight anti-Semitism

Jews call on Muslims to fight anti-Semitism

The daylight attack of a Berlin rabbi in front of his young daughter sparked fury in Germany, with some Jewish groups saying they feared a rise in anti-Semitic behaviour and calling for the country's large Muslim community to take action.

Family stopped with dead dad in car

Family stopped with dead dad in car

German traffic police who stopped a car for driving erratically found the body of the driver’s father stuffed behind the back seat. It appears he starved to death.

Vatican drops injunction against satire magazine

Vatican drops injunction against satire magazine

Pope Benedict dropped an injunction against a German satire magazine for picturing him with yellow stains down the front of his cassock, just hours before the case was due to be heard in court.

Lufthansa strike grounds a third of Frankfurt flights

Lufthansa strike grounds a third of Frankfurt flights

Lufthansa cancelled "a large part" of its 360 scheduled flights in and out of Frankfurt on Friday morning owing to walkouts by cabin staff, the company said.