Germany to continue subsidizing poorer east

Germany to continue subsidizing poorer east

Subsidies for former communist east Germany will continue past their 2009 expiration date, the German government announced on Wednesday amid disagreements about how large the payments should be.

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Jol named new Hamburg SV coach

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol has been named as the new coach of Bundesliga side Hamburg SV, according to reports in the German media on Wednesday.

Subprime crisis hits earnings at Deutsche Post

Subprime crisis hits earnings at Deutsche Post

German logistics group Deutsche Post reported a wider-than-expected 18.4 percent drop in first quarter earnings on Wednesday as turbulence on financial markets hit earnings at its Postbank banking unit.

Schiffer disrobes for Vogue ‘sex’ issue

Schiffer disrobes for Vogue ‘sex’ issue

Sex, according to the current edition of German Vogue, is retired supermodel Claudia Schiffer - pictured topless for an issue dedicated to fashion photographer Mario Testino's depiction of eroticism.

Probing Potsdam’s peculiar possibilities

Probing Potsdam’s peculiar possibilities

Potsdam might be a popular tourist destination on the outskirts of Berlin, but Daniel Miller discovers there’s more to Brandenburg’s quirky capital than just palaces and parks.

Merkel double seeks own office

Merkel double seeks own office

A professional Angela Merkel impersonator is looking for her own place in the political spotlight in the northern German city of Lübeck.

Berlin denies snubbing Dalai Lama

Berlin denies snubbing Dalai Lama

Berlin has designated Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul to meet the Dalai Lama on behalf of the government during his upcoming visit to Germany, a spokesman said Wednesday.

German authorities to warn against Left party extremists

German authorities to warn against Left party extremists

Germany's domestic intelligence agency will reportedly warn against communist extremist infiltration of the hard-line socialist Left party, in an official report to be presented on Thursday.

Köhler calls financial markets a ‘monster’

Köhler calls financial markets a ‘monster’

German President Horst Köhler has attacked banks for allowing global financial markets to become a "monster" that nearly caused a "collapse" as a result of the US subprime crisis.

Polar bear Snowflake flops in Nuremberg

Polar bear Snowflake flops in Nuremberg

The hordes expected to visit Germany’s latest polar bear cub sensation, Snowflake at the zoo in Nuremberg, didn’t materialize over the holiday weekend, as people were put off by all the hype.

Merkel to talk energy and trade in Brazil

Merkel to talk energy and trade in Brazil

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to discuss renewable energy and trade in Brazil on Wednesday as she begins her first state visit to Latin America.

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Hunt for WWII survivors continues over 60 years later

Nazi prison camp records long closed to everyone but family members have now been opened to researchers hunting for survivors of World War II, writes AFP’s Francis Curta.