Merkel wants young Germans to learn about recent history

Merkel wants young Germans to learn about recent history

Speaking during celebrations to mark German Unity Day on Friday, Chancellor Angela Merkel said young people in Germany needed to learn more about their country’s Communist past.

German carmakers report plunging sales

German carmakers report plunging sales

The credit crisis, high oil prices and a weakening European economy have hit the German car industry hard with luxury automakers BMW and Porsche registering shrinking sales.

Cops break up wild teen party in Lippstadt

Cops break up wild teen party in Lippstadt

A 16-year-old who threw a party at her parents’ new home in Lippstadt while they were on vacation got more than she bargained for when more than 200 teenagers rampaged through the house, torturing the family’s rabbits, ripping off wallpaper and peeing on the carpets.

Germany kicks off Unity Day celebrations in Hamburg

Germany kicks off Unity Day celebrations in Hamburg

Germany opend a three-day party in Hamburg on Unity Day on Friday with Chancellor Merkel and President Köhler to mark 18 years of the unification of East and West Germany.

German minister rejects plan to extend maternity leave

German minister rejects plan to extend maternity leave

German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen is opposed to proposals to extend paid maternity leave for women to 18 months, warning they could backfire and hamper jobs in Germany.

Rescue package for Hypo Real Estate approved

Rescue package for Hypo Real Estate approved

Germany’s government and banks have agreed on the details of a 35-billion-euro rescue plan for embattled mortgage lender Hypo Real Estate hours after gaining European Union approval for the bailout.