Court: Jeweller shot teen in ‘self-defence’

Court: Jeweller shot teen in ‘self-defence’

A 67-year-old German jeweller was spared prison on Wednesday despite killing a teenager who held up her shop. A regional court ruled that shooting the intruder in the back of the head was self-defence.

‘King of Screws’ winds up own sales reps

‘King of Screws’ winds up own sales reps

Germany’s “King of Screws” has outraged trade unions by writing a letter to his own sales representatives, blaming them for the company's poor growth rate and telling them to get up earlier.

Relief across Europe at German ESM decision

Relief across Europe at German ESM decision

EU leaders and analysts expressed relief, and financial markets lifted, on Wednesday after the German Constitutional Court cleared the way for the launch of a bailout fund and debt brake.

Gay Bundesliga player fears public outing

Gay Bundesliga player fears public outing

A Bundesliga footballer has come out as gay – but fearing publicity and even attacks from fans, has remained anonymous.

Data protector ‘cannot check police spyware’

Data protector ‘cannot check police spyware’

Germany’s top data protection official has complained he cannot test how a spy computer program used by the police works – because the firm that made it will not help him examine it and the police do not have the source code.

Constitutional Court approves euro rescue

Constitutional Court approves euro rescue

The eurozone cleared a key hurdle towards resolving its debt crisis Wednesday as Germany's top court approved a new European firewall for ratification, with some minor conditions.

Protests as ‘Israel-hater’ gets philosophy prize

Protests as ‘Israel-hater’ gets philosophy prize

Both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators appeared in Frankfurt on Tuesday as US philosopher Judith Butler accepted the Theodor Adorno prize. Jewish groups had branded her an "Israel hater" ahead of the ceremony.

British tarmac truck had historical GDR tyres

British tarmac truck had historical GDR tyres

German police checking a British man’s truck were astounded to see he was driving on tyres bearing the slogan “Made in German Democratic Republic” – the former socialist East which collapsed more than 20 years ago.

Germany still out of sorts, beat Austria 2-1

Germany still out of sorts, beat Austria 2-1

Germany beat Austria 2-1 on Tuesday evening to stay top of their World Cup qualifying group, but the team admitted they would have to raise its game to make it to Brazil in 2014.

Germans happiest in north and south

Germans happiest in north and south

The happiest Germans live in the north of the country, according to a new survey which suggests people in Hamburg and on the North Sea coast are the most content with their lot.