Shareholders demand Lufthansa raise offer for Austrian Airlines

Shareholders demand Lufthansa raise offer for Austrian Airlines

German airline Lufthansa will have to raise its offer for Austrian Airlines if it wants to secure more than 75 percent of the ailing Austrian flag carrier, a shareholder group said Thursday.

Cabaret singer Heesters calls Hitler a ‘nice guy’

Cabaret singer Heesters calls Hitler a ‘nice guy’

Germany’s favourite oldest living cabaret entertainer Johannes Heesters is in trouble again for calling Adolf Hitler a "nice guy" in a TV interview on Dutch television Wednesday night.

National archive posting millions of photos to Wikipedia

National archive posting millions of photos to Wikipedia

The German National Archive announced on Thursday that some 100,000 digitalized historical photos were available for the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia in a dual project that will eventually make about 11 million photos available for public use.

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ECB slashes eurozone interest rates

The European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday cut its main interest rate by a surprisingly hefty 75 basis points to 2.50 percent in an attempt to boost the flagging eurozone economy.

Lidl sells camcorders that connect amateurs to tabloid newsroom

Lidl sells camcorders that connect amateurs to tabloid newsroom

German discount retailer Lidl has started selling camcorders that are digitally linked with daily tabloid Bild, making voyeurism easy for the amateur reporter, daily taz reported on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: December 4 – 10

What’s on in Germany: December 4 – 10

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Weathering the wintertime blues in grey Germany

Weathering the wintertime blues in grey Germany

Feeling glum now that darkness has descended upon Germany for the next four months? David Wroe takes a look at the wintertime blues.

Exhibition seeks to ease Cold War children’s show tensions

Exhibition seeks to ease Cold War children’s show tensions

A comparison of East and West German versions of the all-time favourite German children’s TV series Sandmännchen has opened this week at Frankfurt’s Museum for Communication.

Merkel calls for joint EU approach to crisis

Merkel calls for joint EU approach to crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday called for a common European approach towards the global financial crisis ahead an EU summit in Brussels next week.

Man beats bus driver over ‘driving style’

Man beats bus driver over ‘driving style’

A 40-year-old Dortmund man repeatedly punched a public bus driver late on Wednesday because he didn’t like his “driving style,” police reported on Thursday.

Berlin police offer €10,000 reward for mailbox bomber

Berlin police offer €10,000 reward for mailbox bomber

Berlin police on Thursday offered a €10,000 reward for the man who critically injured a 12-year-old girl with a mailbox bomb last week.

Hoffenheim faces Bayern test

Hoffenheim faces Bayern test

The title credentials of surprise German league leaders Hoffenheim will face their sternest examination yet on Friday when the village side travel to the home of reigning champions Bayern Munich.