Terry seals England win over Germany

Terry seals England win over Germany

England captain John Terry's header six minutes from time sealed a 2-1 win over Germany in Wednesday's friendly at Berlin's Olympic Stadium as Fabio Capello's weakened team beat the Euro 2008 runners-up.

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Hesse dissolves parliament for early election after SPD rebellion

The German state of Hesse dissolved its parliament on Wednesday to make way for new elections after a spectacular rebellion among embattled Social Democrats kept them from forming a ruling coalition.

Arctic storm bringing widespread snow Friday

Arctic storm bringing widespread snow Friday

A stormy Arctic cold front is expected to sweep across Germany over the weekend, bringing snow, frost and below-freezing temperatures from north to south by Friday, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Wednesday.

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Berlin says EU planning €130-billion stimulus

The European Commission is planning a €130-billion ($163-billion) economic stimulus programme, a spokeswoman for the German Economy Ministry said on Wednesday.

Berlin beefs up security for England football friendly

Berlin beefs up security for England football friendly

Thousands of football fans are expected in Berlin on Wednesday to watch Germany take on England in a friendly. But with some 700 hooligans expected in the German capital, police will be out in full force to insure the match stays peaceful.

BASF suspends work and cuts profit target

BASF suspends work and cuts profit target

The world's biggest chemical company, BASF, said Wednesday it would cut global output and suspend operations at 80 plants, affecting 20,000 workers and dropping its 2008 operating profit target. Shares in the company plunged in mid-day trading on the Frankfurt stock exchange as a result.

World Toilet Day and the perilous poo platform

World Toilet Day and the perilous poo platform

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy tackles the touchy subject of the German loo shelf on World Toilet Day.

SolarWorld makes €1-billion Opel bid

SolarWorld makes €1-billion Opel bid

German solar energy company SolarWorld has prepared an offer for the four German auto factories owned by Opel, a division of US giant General Motors, worth €1 billion ($1.26 billion).

Germans call their mothers more

Germans call their mothers more

Germans call their their mothers more often than people in most other countries, according to a new poll by research institute Emnid, which found that almost one-third talk to Mutti every single day.

German kayaker survives rapids accident in New Zealand

German kayaker survives rapids accident in New Zealand

German tourist Julia Jahn from Bavaria kept telling herself she was too young to die as she struggled for five hours to keep her head above water after her kayak became trapped in a New Zealand river.

Court rules big breasts not a health problem for insurance

Court rules big breasts not a health problem for insurance

Having extremely large breasts is not an illness and an operation to reduce their size is therefore not covered by German state health insurance, a court said Wednesday.

Thousands of Rwandans protest official’s extradition to France

Thousands of Rwandans protest official’s extradition to France

Tens of thousands of Rwandans gathered in the capital Kigali Wednesday to protest Germany's upcoming transfer of a senior official arrested in Frankfurt to France.

The Grinch who stole Weihnachten

The Grinch who stole Weihnachten

Will the Grinch steal Christmas this year? According to a survey published by Stern magazine on Wednesday, Germans are planning on spending less on gifts because of the global financial crisis and the fear of recession.

Record number of foreign students stay in Germany

Record number of foreign students stay in Germany

More foreign students than ever before are staying in Germany after they complete their studies, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Party politics threaten German crisis response

Party politics threaten German crisis response

As Germany comes under pressure to do more to jumpstart the world's third biggest economy, party politics is rearing its ugly head and undermining Berlin's efforts to weather a sharp global slowdown.

Historical preservation honours to be awarded in Leipzig

Historical preservation honours to be awarded in Leipzig

The highest German prizes for historical preservation will be awarded in Leipzig on Wednesday, honouring institutions and individuals for their work to save the country’s jewels from the past.