A class-action civil suit against Facebook’s data collection practices has attracted over 20,000 co-complainants just five days after its launch. Photo: Reuters

A class-action civil suit against Facebook’s data collection practices has attracted over 20,000 co-complainants just five days after its launch. (...)

Formula One  chief Bernie Ecclestoneleaves the Oberlandgericht Muenchen courthouse yesterday after judges agreed to conclude his trial for bribery. Photograph:  Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

Bavarian state prosecutors and the Munich district court have agreed to end a bribery case against Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone in exchange f(...)

 German riot police cordon off the pitch from fans during a Bundesliga match in Duesseldorf.  The Federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) plans to reduce or completely eliminate police presence at Bundesliga soccer stadiums in a cost-cutting measure. Photograph: Reuters

German police will reduce their presence at forthcoming Bundesliga matches in a growing row over who should foot the €50 million annual bill for footb(...)

Poles have shown their support for local farmers by posting selfies of themselves eating  apples on Twitter

An apple a day keeps the doctor away; a Polish apple a day keeps Vladimir Putin annoyed – and Polish farmers in business. That is the idea behind an (...)

One of thousands of photos of notes uploaded to notesofberlin.com. It reads: “Dear students on the second floor: please stop smoking joints in the nude!! Or else buy some bloody curtains! I have had to answer lots of disturbing questions from my son, which no father would wish to discuss with a child  his age!”

Notes hang everywhere in Berlin. On lamp-posts, doors and abandoned sofas, the notes open a funny, angry and often passive-aggressive window into the (...)

Swiss federal president Didier Burkhalter arrives  at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Swiss president Didier Burkhalter has said the bilateral relationship with the European Union is the best guarantor of Swiss prosperity and promised (...)

 Horse-drawn German ambulances suffer bomb damage during the first World War. At the outset of the war, Germans cheered their country’s involvement. Photograph:  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The Mobilisation In the afternoon the Lustgarten [in front of the imperial palace] was filled with a tightly-packed crowd. Around 5.30 hours the (...)

Rebuilding the house of Hohenzollern: Georg Friedrich Prinz von Preussen at the €590 million reconstruction of his family’s former palace. Photograph: Adam Berry

To enter Berlin’s biggest building site the tall, rangy man puts on a blue hard hat and a high-visibility jacket emblazoned with Besucher – visitor(...)

Lawsuit is open to all Facebook users outside of the US and Canada as they have a contract with Facebook International, based in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems has launched a class-action lawsuit in Vienna against US social network Facebook’s data retention practices.Mr Schrems (...)

Austrian police said the woman was hiking with her dog in the Tyrol’s Stubaital valley and entered a fenced enclosure containing about 20 cows and calves

A herd of Austrian cows charged a German hiker and trampled her to death on Monday in a Tyrolean valley.Austrian police said the woman was hiking with(...)