Freiburg priest on trial for 101 crimes

Freiburg priest on trial for 101 crimes

A Catholic priest in the southwestern German city of Freiburg went on trial on Monday charged with a total of 101 crimes including blackmail, fraud, breach of trust, coercion and assault.

German police bust human trafficking ring

German police bust human trafficking ring

Two Indians have been arrested in the state of Saxony-Anhalt after they were caught trafficking several hundred people into Germany, the state police in Magdeburg reported on Monday.

Hypo Real Estate gets last-minute rescue

Hypo Real Estate gets last-minute rescue

The German mortgage bank Hypo Real Estate (HRE) was granted a last-minute "multi-billion euro" credit line from a consortium of German banks that allowed it to avoid declaring bankruptcy, it said Monday.

Iran praises ‘constructive’ Germany in nuclear dispute

Iran praises ‘constructive’ Germany in nuclear dispute

A top Iranian diplomat on Monday praised Germany’s “constructive” role in the international community’s dispute with Tehran over its controversial nuclear programme.

KfW execs sacked for ill-fated transfer to Lehman

KfW execs sacked for ill-fated transfer to Lehman

Germany's KfW said Monday it had fired two directors who have been suspended since the state development bank transferred more than €300 million to Lehman Brothers after it filed for bankruptcy.

Egyptian TV reports release of German hostages

Egyptian TV reports release of German hostages

Egyptian broadcaster MENA claims that 11 tourists – among them five Germans – who were kidnapped while on a desert trek have been released. But the German Foreign Ministry has yet to confirm the news.

An end to Bavarian exceptionalism

An end to Bavarian exceptionalism

The Bavarian state election on Sunday was a black day for the ruling Christian Social Union, but it was a good one for German democracy and ultimately the conservatives themselves, writes The Local’s Marc Young.

Cologne canine killer poisons two dogs

Cologne canine killer poisons two dogs

Residents of Cologne's Stegerwaldsiedlung neighbourhood suspect they have an animal hater in their midst. Two dogs have died and several others barely survived after ingesting mysterious poison.

Halle drug company heralds new Alzheimer’s treatment

Halle drug company heralds new Alzheimer’s treatment

A German pharmaceutical research company in Halle has developed a groundbreaking new treatment for Alzheimer's disease, daily Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday.

Thomas Cook drops out of talks with German Wings and TUIFly

Thomas Cook drops out of talks with German Wings and TUIFly

British travel group Thomas Cook dropped out of talks on Monday morning to combine its airline Condor with German discount airlines German Wings and TUIFly.

German conservatives under pressure after CSU poll debacle

German conservatives under pressure after CSU poll debacle

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives licked their wounds on Monday after historic losses in a Bavarian state election, as German voters continued to abandon major parties a year ahead of the national poll.

Global financial crisis putting German infrastructure at risk

Global financial crisis putting German infrastructure at risk

German states that have financed their infrastructure through cross border leasing with the United States are at risk of losing their transportation systems as the global financial crisis looms, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Monday.