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'Fundamental faults' identified in over half of emergency systems at Berlin airport

It is 2,000 days and counting since Berlin's BER airport failed to open and once again progress has been delayed by the identification of faults in the safety systems.

Movie directors call for drastic overhaul of Berlinale film festival

Leading directors have called for a “new beginning” for the Berlinale - Germany’s most prestigious film festival - in a letter published by Spiegel on Friday.

German business morale soars to record high

German business confidence has soared to a fresh record high in November, a closely-watched survey found Friday, as companies shrugged off political uncertainty in Europe's booming top economy.

Social Democrats signal openness to new coalition with Merkel

The Social Democrats (SPD) announced at the end of intense late-night discussions on Thursday that they were committed to finding a way out of the current governmental crisis.

Greek police to help German airports catch migrants with fake papers

Greek police will help bolster airport checks in Germany in a dispute over hundreds of passengers allegedly caught flying out of Greece with falsified papers, a police source told AFP.

Berlin police widen hunt for stolen John Lennon belongings

German police are trying to recover numerous items stolen from the estate of the late Beatle John Lennon, prosecutors said Thursday, after the arrest of a suspect accused of handling the objects.

Doctor faces up to two years' jail for 'advertising' abortion on her website

This week a doctor will face court in Gießen on Friday for "advertising abortion," which is illegal under German law, after putting information about the procedure up on her website.

Life expectancy much lower in Germany compared to EU neighbours: study

A report published on Thursday by the EU Commission has found that average life expectancy in Germany pales in comparison to countries like Spain, Italy and France.

How a family feud is raising questions about the future of discounter Aldi

Aldi supermarkets have become a byword for affordable, no-frills shopping the world over. But a court case to be ruled on Thursday could have a big impact on Aldi Nord's future.

An American shopping frenzy is hitting Germany, but not everyone is happy

The day of shopping bargains on Black Friday and its online counterpart Cyber Monday - both of which have origins in the US - are becoming increasingly popular in Germany. But not everyone is willing to take part in the consumerist frenzy.

Everything you need to know about having a pet in Germany

Whether you're bringing your furry friend from abroad or planning to adopt one, here are some key things you should know about having pets in Germany.

Six Syrians suspected of terror plot released over lack of evidence

Six Syrian refugees arrested in Germany on suspicion of preparing a terror attack on behalf of Isis were freed on Wednesday because of a lack of evidence, a prosecutor said.

Pressure mounts on Social Democrats to throw Merkel a coalition lifeline

Pressure mounted Wednesday on Germany's Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz to reconsider an alliance with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and stop Europe's biggest economy from sinking into months of paralysis.

Netflix’s first original German series, a dark thriller, to debut in December

December 1st marks the next step in the German television revolution with the online premier of 'Dark'- the first ever original German Netflix series.

Activists taunt AfD politician with mini Holocaust memorial outside his house

A group of activists on Wednesday unveiled a replica of Berlin's Holocaust Memorial secretly erected outside the home of a far-right AfD politician who has urged Germany to stop atoning for Nazi guilt.

Lonely pensioner flooded with Christmas invites after posting note in supermarket

Christmas can be a tough time of year if you haven’t got someone to share it with. That’s why one pensioner decided to seek out a family to spend the most festive day of the year with, and the response was overwhelming.

Food producers in Germany take note: EU rules set to tighten from 2018

An EU Commission spokesperson on Wednesday confirmed a media report which stated that the EU will impose strict guidelines for the production of fries, chips, biscuits and similar foodstuffs from spring of next year.

Why Repentance Day is causing parents stress in Bavaria

You might not have the day off on Wednesday, but many people in Germany do - including schoolkids in Bavaria.

Truck driver admits to murdering jogger outside Freiburg

A Romanian truck driver confessed to the murder of a female jogger as his trial opened in Freiburg on Wednesday, after also coming under suspicion for the 2014 killing of a French exchange student in Austria.

Why anarchist Silvio Meier is mourned 25 years after his murder by neo-Nazis

In the chaotic years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, utopian left-wingers occupied empty buildings in Berlin’s east, while neo-Nazis were ever more visible on the streets. On November 21st 1992, that charged atmosphere had tragic consequences.