Church officials defend pricey birthday bash for pope’s brother

Church officials defend pricey birthday bash for pope’s brother

The Catholic diocese in the Bavarian city of Regensburg on Monday defended a decision to spend a reported €100,000 on birthday celebrations in the Vatican for Pope Benedict XVI's elder brother.

Cold front ‘Xevera’ bringing taste of winter

Cold front ‘Xevera’ bringing taste of winter

The final week of October will draw to a close with a taste of the coming Central European winter, as the cold front 'Xevera' brings a blast of cold air and possible snow to Germany.

Gassy old money bags injure Bundesbank workers

Gassy old money bags injure Bundesbank workers

Eight people were injured at the Hamburg headquarters of the German Bundesbank when mysterious gas seeped out of bags of old Deutsche mark coins they were cleaning, authorities reported on Monday.

Seehofer elected premier of Bavaria

Seehofer elected premier of Bavaria

German Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer stepped down on Monday to become premier of the wealthy southern state of Bavaria, a month after his conservatives suffered embarrassing election returns.

Energy company cooperation could curb consumer costs

Energy company cooperation could curb consumer costs

Rising energy prices could be curbed by an upcoming cooperation between Germany’s three largest electricity providers, EON, Vattenfall and EnBW.

Economist compares bank managers to persecuted Jews

Economist compares bank managers to persecuted Jews

A leading German economist who sparked controversy on Monday by comparing criticism of business leaders with stigmatization of Jews during the financial crisis of the 1930s has apologized for his remarks.

Six circus tigers saved from burning trailer

Six circus tigers saved from burning trailer

Six Siberian tigers were saved from a circus trailer that caught fire on the B73 county road near Stade, police in the German state of Lower Saxony reported on Monday.

German business confidence tanks

German business confidence tanks

German business confidence dropped for the fifth month running in October, a key index showed on Monday, as the biggest European economy was slammed by the international financial crisis.

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Postbank unveils €1-billion capital increase

The German bank Postbank announced on Monday an emergency capital increase worth up to €1 billion ($1.24 billion) to replenish it balance sheet which has been hit by the international financial crisis.

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Merck posts solid third-quarter results amid crisis

The German pharmaceutical and chemical group Merck posted on Monday a solid third-quarter profit and expressed confidence despite the international economic crisis.

Train fare increases higher in the east

Train fare increases higher in the east

Price hikes by Germany railway provider Deutsche Bahn will hit passengers in eastern parts of the country particularly hard, daily Die Welt reported on Monday.

German checkpoint attacked in Afghanistan

German checkpoint attacked in Afghanistan

German Bundeswehr troops were attacked last week at a check point in northern Afghanistan, the military confirmed on Monday.