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Merkel candidate wins with narrow margin

Christian Democratic Union Party candidate Christian Wulff kisses his wife Bettina

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government called for unity on Thursday after rebels forced a humiliating vote over the presidency that could lead to a watering down of her austerity package.

Shortest ever ‘time interval’ measured

German scientists claim to have measured the shortest-ever time interval by discovering the tiniest duration an electron takes to leave the atom.

Germans have an edge, says Beckenbauer

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer on Thursday backed Germany to beat old rivals England in Sunday’s round of 16 match with a World Cup quarterfinal place at stake.

‘Hitler begged for Mercedes discount’

An imprisoned and impoverished Adolf Hitler wrote to a car dealer begging for a discount on a Mercedes he had his eye on, according to a letter being auctioned in Germany in July.

Deutsche Bank gets Indian CEO

Anshu Jain already captains Deutsche Bank’s cricket team, and a boardroom reshuffle last week means that the Indian big-hitter is now seen as a prime candidate to be chief executive too.

Ballack’s loss is Schweini’s gain

Joachim Loew did not need long to find the man he believes will fill the void left by the injured Michael Ballack.

Top hotelier chokes on own hotel food

A publicity-shy German hotelier worth a reported $740 million choked to death on a piece of meat in one of his luxury hotels, the Bild daily reported on Thursday.

Stiches for Mueller after biking mishap

Germany’s rising star Thomas Mueller was left needing stiches to a chin injury after falling off a mountain bike at his team’s World Cup training camp in northern Italy on Wednesday.

Ballack lawyer mulls legal action against Boateng

A lawyer for Chelsea star Michael Ballack said he intends lodging a complaint against Portsmouth’s Kevin-Prince Boateng for the “intentional” tackle which ended the Germany captain’s World Cup hopes.

Limp Ballack to miss World Cup

Germany captain Michael Ballack has been forced out of the World Cup finals due to an ankle injury which has sidelined him for two months, the German football federation said on Monday.

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