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Coalition wants an executive salary cap in Germany

The conservative German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) wants to cap salaries of top business leaders, joining the Social Democratic Party (SPD) with which it governs the country, German Handelsblatt daily said on Monday.

Potsdam evacuated for huge WWII bomb

Potsdam evacuated for huge WWII bomb

Evening traffic in Potsdam was severely affected after the entire city centre and the main train station were closed for removal of a 250-kilogramme World War II-era bomb found during road construction work on Monday afternoon.

Igniting Europe’s smoking revolution

Igniting Europe’s smoking revolution

Now that small German pubs can once again allow patrons to light up, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, hopes Germany could soon be at the vanguard of Europe’s anti-anti-smoking movement.

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Merkel mourns Solzhenitsyn’s death

German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute to Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who has died at 89, saying the "great" Russian writer played a decisive role in the demise of the Soviet Union, her spokesman said on Monday.

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Autopsy shows dead Neustadt baby was alive at birth

Saxon authorities have determined that a lifeless infant found on Friday in a family home in Neustadt was born alive.

HSV sells van der Vaart to Real Madrid

HSV sells van der Vaart to Real Madrid

Bundesliga side Hamburg SV will lose its captain Rafael van der Vaart after the Dutch international midfielder confirmed on Monday he had sealed a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

VW aiming for 10 percent of Indian car market

VW aiming for 10 percent of Indian car market

Volkswagen, the biggest European carmaker, is aiming to bag 10 percent of India's burgeoning market within five years, a regional VW director told the business daily Handelsblatt on Monday.

Lufthansa still cancelling flights despite strike’s end

Lufthansa still cancelling flights despite strike’s end

Lufthansa will cut 130 flights on Monday, and 41 flights each day thereafter, despite the end to a strike over the weekend.

Horse demolishes public toilet in Bavaria

Horse demolishes public toilet in Bavaria

Bavarian police on Monday said a man who tried to take his horse with him into a public toilet over the weekend caused over €1,000 in damages after the animal balked.

Heavy storms flood North Rhine-Westphalia

Heavy storms flood North Rhine-Westphalia

Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the early hours of Monday morning, Düsseldorf police said on Monday.

Head of Verdi labour union apologizes for taking free flights

Head of Verdi labour union apologizes for taking free flights

Frank Bsirske, the head of labour union Verdi, has apologized for accepting free first-class flights from Lufthansa only days before his union staged a strike at the airlline, daily Bild reported on Monday.

German military suffering from shortage of doctors

German military suffering from shortage of doctors

The German military is increasingly concerned with a shortage of doctors, according to daily Frankfurter Rundshau on Monday.

German women’s football team out for elusive gold in Beijing

German women’s football team out for elusive gold in Beijing

World Cup champions Germany will be searching for the one major football crown that has eluded them when the women’s football tournament opens the Beijing Olympic Games on Wednesday.