German command of Kosovo force renewed

German command of Kosovo force renewed

German General Volker Halbauer took command of NATO's KFOR troops in Kosovo on Friday as the flaring ethnic tensions in the majority-Serb north remain a challenge for the 5,600-strong force.

Cabin crew union forces Lufthansa to talk

Cabin crew union forces Lufthansa to talk

Lufthansa and cabin crew union UFO were expected to hold talks on Friday evening to try to find a way to prevent further strikes like the one which forced more than 1,000 flights to be cancelled.

Most military leaders say reforms ‘will not last’

Most military leaders say reforms ‘will not last’

The vast majority of Germany's military leaders are unhappy with reforms reducing the size of the army and scrapping compulsory military service, a survey shows.

Merkel: states must work with ECB on euro

Merkel: states must work with ECB on euro

Angela Merkel welcomed on Friday the conditions imposed by the European Central Bank under its new bond-buying programme aimed at solving the euro crisis, saying governments also had work to do.

Cuckoo clocks: kitsch, colourful and cheerful

Cuckoo clocks: kitsch, colourful and cheerful

The sandstone cliffs surrounding Triberg should have holes in them from which large wooden birds spring each hour, for the town is the heart of Germany’s cuckoo clock industry. Kate Hairsine investigated.

‘No models’ mag drops ban after thinner sales

‘No models’ mag drops ban after thinner sales

A German women’s magazine which dropped models to use pictures of “real people” in its pages, has reversed the decision and will be returning to the professionals.

VW ‘to make 300,000 fewer cars this year’

VW ‘to make 300,000 fewer cars this year’

German car maker Volkswagen is expecting to sell 300,000 fewer vehicles this year than initially planned, largely due to European economic difficulties, sources at the firm say.

Family’s ‘parked’ car used as airport shuttle

Family’s ‘parked’ car used as airport shuttle

A German family returning from holiday were amazed when their own car drew up beside them at the airport doors – and other people got in. The vehicle they had left safely in an airport car park was being used by a shuttle service firm.

Strike grounds 100,000 Lufthansa passengers

Strike grounds 100,000 Lufthansa passengers

A 24-hour cabin crew strike grounded at least half of Lufthansa's flights on Friday, a spokesman for the top German carrier said. A list of cancelled flights can be found at the bottom of this story.

Euro and politicians top list of German fears

Euro and politicians top list of German fears

It's no longer fear of terrorism or war that keeps Germans up at night - it's the heft of their wallets. A new study found that fears of the euro crisis and the incompetence of politicians to deal with it have grown bigger than anything else.