Munich prison to become luxury hotel run by at-risk teens

Munich prison to become luxury hotel run by at-risk teens

A social project is converting a women’s prison in Munich into a luxury hotel where at-risk youths can gain vocational training.

German drunk driver dodges suspension with Polish license

German drunk driver dodges suspension with Polish license

A German who lost his driver’s licence for drunk driving has successfully worked the system by crossing the border to get a Polish licence instead. According to a court on Wednesday, it is also valid in Germany.

Stasi widow loses fight for bigger pension

Stasi widow loses fight for bigger pension

A Berlin court on Wednesday rejected a case of a widow of former officer for the Stasi, the dreaded secret police of communist East Germany, who wanted better pension benefits.

Berlin pushes revamped anti-terror law

Berlin pushes revamped anti-terror law

The German government on Wednesday called for an arbitration committee to review a last-minute compromise for a disputed law that gives new powers the Federal Criminal Police (BKA) in the fight against terrorism.

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Car sales plunge in November

German new-car registrations plunged by 18 percent in November and will fall further next year, the VDA auto manufacturer’s federation said on Wednesday, bringing bad news from a key sector to an economy already in recession.

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Infineon posts €3-billion loss

The German semi-conductor group Infineon on Tuesday issued a gloomy report for itself and its loss-making memory-chip unit Qimonda, as it posted an annual loss of €3 billion ($3.8 billion).

Snow and ice cause traffic chaos

Snow and ice cause traffic chaos

Heavy snow and black ice caused traffic chaos across Germany on Wednesday morning, meanwhile more winter weather was expected throughout the day.

Steinmeier says Germany ready to boost Afghan engagement

Steinmeier says Germany ready to boost Afghan engagement

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Germany is prepared to increase its military and civil engagement in Afghanistan ahead of a meeting with his NATO counterparts on Wednesday in Brussels.

Deutsche Bank says there is no credit crisis

Deutsche Bank says there is no credit crisis

The head of Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank, has said that there is no German credit crisis, even though banks have been accused of not lending sufficiently to consumers and businesses.

Cold War theme chosen for Berlinale

Cold War theme chosen for Berlinale

The next Berlin Film Festival will showcase Eastern European and German cinema from the Cold War that seemed to foreshadow the end of European communism, organisers said late on Tuesday.