Vice-chancellor fights for Vietnamese orphanage

Vice-chancellor fights for Vietnamese orphanage

German Vice-Chancellor Philipp Rösler is campaigning to save the Catholic orphanage in Vietnam where he spent nine months of his childhood before being adopted by German parents.

Touts target Oktoberfest table bookings

Touts target Oktoberfest table bookings

Beating the crowds at Oktoberfest often means reserving a table – but as it gets tougher to find a place to park one’s Bierstein, scalpers are sensing opportunity. Tent landlords are now cracking down on the black market for table reservations.

Catholics to exclude church tax dodgers

Catholics to exclude church tax dodgers

The Catholic Church in Germany is urging its followers to put their money where their faith is. Under a new rule, anyone who doesn’t pay church tax will no longer be considered a member of the flock.

1 in 7 German children growing up poor

1 in 7 German children growing up poor

The number of children living on the basic welfare payments known as Hartz IV may be shrinking, but latest figures from the Federal Employment Agency (BA) show that one in seven German children is still dependent on those benefits.

Apple truck upset causes sticky situation

Apple truck upset causes sticky situation

Two German truck drivers could be in trouble after they drove for 60 kilometres despite knowing that gallons of concentrated apple juice was seeping from their vehicle, police said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: September 20 – 26

What’s on in Germany: September 20 – 26

This Week's Highlights: Music Night in Cologne, a jazz festival in Leipzig, and the Bavarian Agricultural Festival celebrates a jubilee.

Court: Post must deliver neo-Nazi junk mail

Court: Post must deliver neo-Nazi junk mail

A federal court in Karlsruhe ruled on Thursday that German postal service Deutsche Post must deliver un-addressed far-right newsletters, saying that the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party enjoyed the same rights as other parties.

Thief racks up €300,000 bill on church phone

Thief racks up €300,000 bill on church phone

Church staff in Dresden, eastern Germany were faced with a €300,000 monthly phone bill after a thief stole one of the parish smartphones and used it to surf the internet and call people all over the world, police said on Wednesday.

Hewlett Packard execs face bribery charges

Hewlett Packard execs face bribery charges

Current and former Hewlett Packard employees have been indicted in Germany as part of a nearly three-year probe into bribes paid for a multimillion-euro Russian contract, the US firm said.

Bayern start Champions League with win

Bayern start Champions League with win

Bayern Munich produced a dominant performance on Wednesday in their Champions League opener to beat Spanish opponents Valencia 2-1 in a repeat of the 2001 Champions League final.

German trains to be made in Poland

German trains to be made in Poland

German national railway company Deutsche Bahn on Wednesday awarded its first ever train supply contract to a Polish manufacturer, which is set to be worth upwards of a billion euros.