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SPD rules out deal with Left

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats on Monday tried to smooth over a rift caused by plans for cooperation with ex-communists and ruled them out as national coalition partners.

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Man turns off fire truck to ‘save environment’

An environmentally conscious resident of Essen, Germany turned the engine of a fire truck off during an emergency call. The man turned the car off because he disapproved of the idling truck's wasteful fumes.

Porsche swallows Volkswagen as VW grabs Scania

Porsche swallows Volkswagen as VW grabs Scania

Monday was a memorable day for Europe's largest automaker Volkswagen AG – only hours after buying a controlling stake in Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, VW was in turn swallowed by the holding company of luxury carmaker Porsche.

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Germany must take Russia’s Medvedev at his word

Despite lingering questions about Russian democracy, Germany must be willing to take president-elect Medvedev at his word, writes Werner Hoyer, the deputy chairman of the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) parliamentary group.

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Springer posts loss after mail unit problems

German media group Springer has said it posted a loss last year as it was forced to take a large write-down on the value of its troubled mail delivery unit Pin.

Attacks force Berlin to increase public transport security

Attacks force Berlin to increase public transport security

Following a series of violent attacks on public buses and trains in Berlin, the city’s public transportation network has said it will add up to 1,000 security personnel.

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Facebook goes Deutsch

Now Germans can "anstupsen" their friends. A newly launched German-language version of the social networking website Facebook makes a Teutonic version of "poke" possible.

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Merkel congratulates Medvedev as Berlin criticizes vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday congratulated Russian president-elect Dmitry Medvedev, but her spokesman regretted irregularities in the run-up to the vote.

Germany threatened by massive public sector strikes

Germany threatened by massive public sector strikes

The ongoing public sector labour dispute in Germany has reached a boiling point. Everything from trash collection to German airports could be affected by paralyzing strikes this week.

Volkswagen increases stake in Sweden’s Scania

Volkswagen increases stake in Sweden’s Scania

German automaker Volkswagen has bought a huge stake in Scania to increase its influence over the Swedish truck builder.

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Support for Germany’s hard left surges

Germany's hard socialist Left Party is making strong gains with voters, according to a new poll. The shifting party alliances could potentially shake up the country's political scene ahead of elections next year.

Lufthansa plane avoids near catastrophe

Lufthansa plane avoids near catastrophe

A Lufthansa airliner narrowly avoided a deadly catastrophe while trying to land in Hamburg during heavy winds over the weekend, according to several reports in the German media.