Merkel pledges aid to depressed west

Merkel pledges aid to depressed west

After nearly 20 years of heavy public spending to help rebuild Germany's former communist eastern regions, more money should now be spent in the west, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.

What’s on in Germany: December 18 – 24

What’s on in Germany: December 18 – 24

This week's highlights: A marionette show at Berlin's Hanukkah market, an exhibition on Nico in Cologne, and Christmas carolling in Hannover.

Twelve-year-old hurt in mailbox bombing out of danger

Twelve-year-old hurt in mailbox bombing out of danger

She nearly lost her arm in a mailbox bombing in November, but a 12-year-old Berlin girl will likely be released from intensive care before Christmas, news agency DPA reported on Thursday.

Ex-Telekom official arrested in spy scandal

Ex-Telekom official arrested in spy scandal

Police have held the former head of internal security for Deutsche Telekom since last week on suspicion of breach of trust in an ongoing spy scandal investigation, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Berlin backs new custody rules for binational children

Berlin backs new custody rules for binational children

The German cabinet on Wednesday backed new legislation that would aim to protect children from binational families during custody disputes.

Deutsche Bahn irked over lack of rail competition in France

Deutsche Bahn irked over lack of rail competition in France

German railway Deutsche Bahn has told French counterpart SNCF that it is fed up with a lack of competition in France, according to a letter obtained by news agency AFP.

2008 among Germany’s warmest years in the last century

2008 among Germany’s warmest years in the last century

Climate change made its presence known this year in Germany, one of the warmest years since 1901. While many may enjoy the balmy temperatures, scientists are alarmed because five of the century’s last seven warmest years have been very recent, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported this week.

German deficit seen ballooning to €30 billion

German deficit seen ballooning to €30 billion

Germany will reportedly be forced to borrow at least €30 billion ($42 billion) in 2009, more than double the amount this year, due to the weakening economy.

German woman to head French culinary bible

German woman to head French culinary bible

The famed Michelin Guide France has for the first time not only chosen a woman, but a foreigner to head the culinary bible beginning in January.

Man speeds to company Christmas party at 200 kph

Man speeds to company Christmas party at 200 kph

Police in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate stopped a man speeding at almost 200 kilometres per hour (125 miles per hour) on Tuesday night. His excuse? He couldn’t be late to the office Christmas party.

Man and woman arrested in neo-Nazi police stabbing

Man and woman arrested in neo-Nazi police stabbing

A man and woman arrested on Tuesday night in the attempted neo-Nazi murder on Passau police chief Alois Mannichl are not suspects, authorities told German radio station B5.

Ex-communist states create network for secret police archives

Ex-communist states create network for secret police archives

Authorities charged with managing the secret police archives of seven ex-communist states in eastern Europe formed a network Tuesday to assist victims of state repression and aid historical research.