Merkel warns next year will be full of bad economic news

Merkel warns next year will be full of bad economic news

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned in an interview released Saturday that 2009 could be “a year of bad news” for the economy but that government action had stabilised the financial markets.

Russians accused of radioactive murder fear German justice

Russians accused of radioactive murder fear German justice

One of the two men accused of the radioactive poisoning murder of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko would go to London to talk to prosecutors – but is scared of being turned over to German detectives investigating a Hamburg connection.

Wowereit brings 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards to Berlin

Wowereit brings 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards to Berlin

Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit has persuaded MTV to hold its 2009 Europe Music Awards show in Berlin, according to a report in Saturday’s Tagesspiegel newspaper.

Trio of Germans arrested in Kosovo ‘are secret agents’

Trio of Germans arrested in Kosovo ‘are secret agents’

Diplomatic relations between Germany and the new state of Kosovo have been put under strain by the arrest of three German secret service agents near the site of a bomb attack on the European Union representative office in the capital Pristina.

Winter hits across Germany with deadly force

Winter hits across Germany with deadly force

The winter weather claimed several lives across Germany at the start of the weekend, with road accidents in icy conditions.

Banks start to receive billions in government loan guarantees

Banks start to receive billions in government loan guarantees

HSH Nordbank announced it had obtained up to €30 billion ($38.5 billion) in loan guarantees from the German government as part of a national rescue plan for the banking sector.