Germany prepared to help Opel as GM falters

Germany prepared to help Opel as GM falters

The German government said Friday it would act quickly to help car maker Opel, which has asked for state-backed loan guarantees in the event its US parent group General Motors goes bankrupt.

Merkel says ‘Oui’ to EU stimulus, climate deals

Merkel says ‘Oui’ to EU stimulus, climate deals

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday hailed an EU deal to combat climate change while backing measures to help Europe's flagging economy recover from the global financial crisis.

British stars to headline Berlinale

British stars to headline Berlinale

British acting heavyweights Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Clive Owen and Naomi Watts will headline the next Berlin Film Festival with a clutch of new pictures, organisers said Friday.

Meatpacking worker infected with anthrax

Meatpacking worker infected with anthrax

A French worker at a Saarbrücken meatpacking plant has been infected with anthrax, according to Health Ministry in Saarland.

Biggest full moon of the year on Friday

Biggest full moon of the year on Friday

Not all full moons are alike. The full moon this Friday night will be the biggest and brightest this year, US space agency NASA reported, but German winter weather could prevent stargazers from getting a good view.

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Politician in child porn investigation suspended

The head of the district authority in Oberspreewald-Lausitz, Brandenburg, has been suspended because of child pornography files found on his computer, daily Märkische Allgemeine reported on Friday.

Siemens to take former directors’ stock options

Siemens to take former directors’ stock options

German industrial giant Siemens plans to confiscate stock options belonging to former boss Heinrich von Pierer who has been accused of ignoring corrupt practices at the company, a press report said on Friday.

Cat billed for GEZ television fee

Cat billed for GEZ television fee

Just another example of the Teutonic affinity to bureaucracy: The enforcers of Germany's hated GEZ broadcast licence asked a Bochum family cat to pay for its own TV and radio, daily WAZ reported on Friday.

Doctors believe German patients are liars

Doctors believe German patients are liars

Two-thirds of German doctors believe their patients lie about their lifestyle habits, according to a poll released by Reader’s Digest Deutschland on Friday.

Germans prefer tax cuts to consumer vouchers

Germans prefer tax cuts to consumer vouchers

The majority of Germans would rather see tax cuts than a consumer voucher to help spur the economy, according to a poll released by public broadcaster ARD on Friday.

Schäuble makes first German visit after Mumbai attacks

Schäuble makes first German visit after Mumbai attacks

Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is in Mumbai on Friday, as the first German cabinet member to visit India since devastating terrorist attacks last month.

Medieval Teutonic knights’ remains found in Poland

Medieval Teutonic knights’ remains found in Poland

Polish archaeologists said this week that they had identified the remains of three leaders of the Teutonic Knights, an armed religious order that ruled swathes of the country centuries ago.