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