Germany after Berlin Wall: Not always best in West

Nov 7, 2014

Germany after Berlin Wall: Not always best in West

In the German city of Dresden, trumpet player Ludwig Guettler takes pride in the soaring spires of the Baroque Frauenkirche church, rebuilt from the ruins of World War II, and sees them as a symbol of his city’s vibrant economic and cultural life. Some ...

Guard who opened Berlin Wall speaks

Nov 7, 2014

Guard who opened Berlin Wall speaks

by Erik Kirschbaum

The East German lieutenant colonel who gave the fateful order to throw open the Berlin Wall 25 years ago said he wept in silence a few moments later as hordes of euphoric East Germans swept past him into West Berlin to get their first ...

Germany faces suits worth billions over nuclear phaseout

Nov 5, 2014

Germany faces suits worth billions over nuclear phaseout

Germany’s phaseout of nuclear energy has triggered over 20 lawsuits by big power companies that have demanded billions of euros in damages, said a government paper released Tuesday. After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Berlin moved to immediately shutter the country’s eight oldest reactors ...

Oct 31, 2014

German court sentences 'Autobahn gunman' to 10 years in jail

A German court on Thursday sentenced a truck driver to 10½ years in prison for shooting hundreds of times from his cab at other vehicles. In more than 700 such attacks from 2008 to 2013, the 58-year-old, dubbed the “Autobahn gunman” by German media, ...

Oct 14, 2014

Polish doctors test man for Ebola

A man has been hospitalised in Poland pending blood tests on whether he has the Ebola virus, but he had not travelled to Africa and the tests were being conducted as a precaution only, a health official said. The 31-year-old man called for an ...