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Bundesliga winter break to be trimmed next season

The Bundesliga's traditional winter break will be cut by three weeks to three-and-a-half weeks from the 2009-10 season, the German Football Federation announced Thursday.

Merkel not irked at missing UK crisis talks

Merkel not irked at missing UK crisis talks

Berlin denied on Friday that Chancellor Angela Merkel was peeved at not being invited to talks between her French and British counterparts and the president of the European Commission in London on Monday.

Deutsche Bank warns of massive 2009 recession

Deutsche Bank warns of massive 2009 recession

Deutsche Bank's chief economist Norbert Walter on Friday warned Germany could be in for a dire 2009 with Europe's largest economy possibly shrinking a massive four percent.

Industrial orders plunge 6.1 percent in October

Industrial orders plunge 6.1 percent in October

German industrial orders fell by 6.1 percent in October on a 12-month basis, and were 9.5 percent lower from the level the previous month, the Economy Ministry said on Friday as the biggest European economy remained mired in recession.

Health insurers hunt chronic patients for cash

Health insurers hunt chronic patients for cash

Health insurance companies have started to aggressively hunt for chronically ill patients to generate more cash after a 2009 health care reform comes into effect, daily Rheinische Post reported on Friday.

German business leaders shunning English terms

German business leaders shunning English terms

Using English terms in the German business world has become passé according to daily Die Welt, which this week reported that top managers are rebelling against the anglicisation of their native language.

National lottery struggles as Germans pinch pennies

National lottery struggles as Germans pinch pennies

Germany's Lotto announced on Friday that it has seen rapidly declining sales as the weak economy forces average Germans to abstain from playing the lottery.

Man dies in Bonn porn video booth

Man dies in Bonn porn video booth

A German man has been found dead in a pornography video booth at a Bonn Beate Uhse sex shop, Cologne daily Express reported on Friday.

Gigolo blackmailing BMW heiress to face trial by March

Gigolo blackmailing BMW heiress to face trial by March

The jailed gigolo accused of blackmailing Germany’s richest woman will face a Munich court by March of 2009, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday.

German navy saves cruise ship from pirates

German navy saves cruise ship from pirates

The German navy has thwarted an attack on a four-star cruise ship in the Gulf of Oman, according to reports from website of newsmagazine Der Spiegel late on Thursday.

Doctor dramas make viewers afraid of hospitals

Doctor dramas make viewers afraid of hospitals

Those who watch an above average amount of television hospital dramas are likely to be afraid of hospitals, according to researchers at the German Surgery Society (DGCH) this week.