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German auto industry plays down biofuel fears

Germany's auto industry association on Thursday played down concerns that large numbers of cars would be incompatible with a new biofuel mix that the government wants to introduce to cut emissions.

Poll: Berliners love Berlin

Poll: Berliners love Berlin

Adding to recent hype about Berlin's hip atmosphere, an international study released on Thursday confirms what self-satisfied Berlin residents already know: they admire and enjoy their city.

Germany’s BayernLB bank takes massive subprime hit

Germany’s BayernLB bank takes massive subprime hit

Germany's second-biggest regional state bank reported on Thursday a massive hit from the global credit crunch and said it was putting together a €6-billion ($9.4-billion) rescue package.

Merkel urges greater civilian role for NATO

Merkel urges greater civilian role for NATO

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday called on NATO to develop a stronger civilian component in order to better carry out the transatlantic alliance’s military mission.

What’s on in Germany: April 3 – 9

What’s on in Germany: April 3 – 9

This Week's Highlights: A motocross tournament in Berlin, Portishead in Cologne, and azaleas in Frankfurt.

German Formula One teams slam Mosley over Nazi sex scandal

German Formula One teams slam Mosley over Nazi sex scandal

German carmakers and Formula One team BMW and Mercedes on Thursday put pressure on FIA boss Max Mosley to resign over a Nazi-themed sex scandal.

HSV’s Jarolim handed ban for ‘genital squeeze’ foul

HSV’s Jarolim handed ban for ‘genital squeeze’ foul

Czech international David Jarolim has been slapped with a four-match ban by Bundesliga disciplinary chiefs after he was ruled to have squeezed an opponent's genitals.

Unknown Karl Marx letter sells for €52,000

Unknown Karl Marx letter sells for €52,000

A previously unknown letter from German socialist philosopher Karl Marx sold for €52,000 at an auction in Berlin on Wednesday evening.

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Steinbrück sees financial crisis dragging into 2009

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück believes that repercussions of the global financial crisis from subprime lending will be felt well into next year, according to comments published on Thursday.

Germany tops global popularity poll

Germany tops global popularity poll

Not used to winning popularity contests, Germany has come out on top of a new survey of global attitudes to major nations by the BBC.

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Postal service in Baden-Württemberg hit by strikes

Letter carriers in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg will put down their mailbags on Thursday as part of a limited strike to keep pressure on Deutsche Post.

Porsche challenges London pollution charge

Porsche challenges London pollution charge

Porsche has launched a court challenge in Britain against plans by London's mayor to impose hefty pollution charges on high-emissions vehicles entering the city centre.