Berliners struggle with Tempelhof closure

Berliners struggle with Tempelhof closure

Some Berlin residents aren’t coping well with the impending closure of the city's historic Tempelhof airport this week, with police even investigating threats against Mayor Klaus Wowereit.

Economy Ministry sets up hotline for crisis-hit firms

Economy Ministry sets up hotline for crisis-hit firms

The German Economy Ministry said Wednesday it had set up a hotline for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are having problems with financing because of the international crisis.

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Lufthansa to take control of Britain’s BMI

German airline Lufthansa said Wednesday it would boost its stake in British carrier BMI to 80 percent, giving it control of the company and a large foothold in Europe's biggest airport.

Muppet caught speeding in Bavaria

Muppet caught speeding in Bavaria

Is there an "Animal" endangering the streets of Bavaria? Police traffic cameras recently captured a puppet speeding, but the culprit turned out to be a hot-footed British driver with a sense of humour.

Berlin extends anti-terror Naval mission off Horn of Africa

Berlin extends anti-terror Naval mission off Horn of Africa

The German government on Wednesday extended its monitoring mission in the Horn of Africa as part of the US-led "war on terror," but lowered its troop levels.

Czech cops post pics of German johns online

Czech cops post pics of German johns online

Czech police are cracking down on prostitution in the tiny border town of Chomutov by posting photos of German johns in the act on the internet, German broadcaster ARD reported this week.

Porsche denies blame for VW stock chaos

Porsche denies blame for VW stock chaos

Luxury carmaker Porsche on Wednesday denied responsibility for the stock market chaos caused by the rollercoaster movements of Volkwagen shares, which have wreaked havoc with the value of the DAX in recent days.

Germany opens first offshore wind farm

Germany opens first offshore wind farm

Germany opened its first offshore wind farm this week - a move Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel called a key step toward more reliance on renewable energy in Europe's biggest economy.

Beer sales on the rise

Beer sales on the rise

Perhaps the financial crisis is leading to a few more half litres of Hefeweizen each night for Germans. Beer sales rose two percent in the third quarter of 2008, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) announced on Wednesday in Wiesbaden.

One-third of German hospitals in debt

One-third of German hospitals in debt

Every third German hospital is in debt, according to survey by daily Bild published on Wednesday.

Berlin wants EU peacekeepers to stay in Bosnia

Berlin wants EU peacekeepers to stay in Bosnia

German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung has said that the EU’s peacekeeping mission in Bosnia should remain in place for now.