Shares up as Allianz nears Dresdner deal

Shares up as Allianz nears Dresdner deal

Shares of both insurer Allianz and lender Commerzbank got a boost Monday amid widening reports the latter is about to relieve the former of its cumbersome Dresdner Bank division.

Merkel: Moscow shouldn’t allow Georgia’s breakaway regions

Merkel: Moscow shouldn’t allow Georgia’s breakaway regions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia's president to reject a parliament resolution in Moscow to recognize the independence of two Georgian breakaway regions.

Gas leak injures 25 at Wülfrath lacquer factory

Gas leak injures 25 at Wülfrath lacquer factory

A gas leak at a chemical plant in western Germany Monday exposed 25 people to a noxious substance, just days after more than 100 people suffered gas poisoning in a lacquer factory leak in the region.

Extras cruising for compensation from Valkyrie star Tom Cruise

Extras cruising for compensation from Valkyrie star Tom Cruise

Twelve extras injured during the filming of WWII drama Valkyrie are now suing the movie’s studio and its star, seeking €7.4 million in damages after tumbling out of a truck in front of Germany’s Nazi-era finance ministry building in Berlin.

Housework straining German housewives

Housework straining German housewives

German fathers wish they had more time to spend with their offspring while a majority of German mothers feel strained by their portion of household chores, according to an annual study by German vacuum maker Vorwerk released on Monday.

Northern Germany for a penny – a Brit’s credit crunch Weeze

Northern Germany for a penny – a Brit’s credit crunch Weeze

Brit Nat Bocking had never heard of the northern German town of Weeze, but when he found Ryanair flights for a penny, he saw a chance to take his family on a magical mystery tour.

Germany’s Lufthansa wants Austria’s AuA

Germany’s Lufthansa wants Austria’s AuA

Deutsche Lufthansa is looking to soon own the trinity of flag-carrying airlines in German-speaking Europe with a much-prophesied offer for Vienna-based Austrian Airlines.

Nike Wagner bids in battle to head Bayreuth opera festival

Nike Wagner bids in battle to head Bayreuth opera festival

Belgian opera impresario Gerard Mortier is teaming up with Nike Wagner, great-granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner, in a bid to run the legendary Bayreuth Festival, a report said Monday.

Millions of unmarried Germans living in sin

Millions of unmarried Germans living in sin

The number of cohabitating Germans has risen significantly according to a study released by the National Statistical Office (Destatis) on Monday.

Energy giant RWE rejects Seehofer’s cost-reduction plan

Energy giant RWE rejects Seehofer’s cost-reduction plan

Germany’s largest electricity provider RWE has rejected a plan by consumer protection minister Horst Seehofer to reduce energy costs.

China releases Tibetan-German protestor after Olympics

China releases Tibetan-German protestor after Olympics

A Tibetan-German activist has been returned to Germany on Monday after his arrest in China during the Olympic games.

Merkel rejects talk of new Cold War with Russia

Merkel rejects talk of new Cold War with Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that relations with Russia are not returning to a Cold War freeze, according to an interview with ZDF public television.