Minister calls for better family support in new year

Minister calls for better family support in new year

German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen called on politicians and economic leaders to “work hard” towards helping people reconcile work and family commitments in the new year.

New German stimulus package smaller than expected

New German stimulus package smaller than expected

Extra measures by the German government to stop Europe's biggest economy slipping into its worst post-war recession may be considerably smaller scale than expected, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Retailers have a happy Christmas after all

Retailers have a happy Christmas after all

German retailers are satisfied with their Christmas business, Josef Sanktjohanser, president of the Association of German Retailers (HDE), said Wednesday morning.

Köhler says financial crisis can be beat in Christmas speech

Köhler says financial crisis can be beat in Christmas speech

German President Horst Köhler said that the global financial crisis could be overcome, but that it would take cooperative effort, in his annual Christmas address to the nation.

A very Portnoy Christmas

A very Portnoy Christmas

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy contemplates the extended frenzy he faces each holiday season.

Advent candles start retirement home fire

Advent candles start retirement home fire

Advent candles caused a fire that injured 24 people Tuesday night in a retirement home in Steinach, Bavaria.

MAN increases sway over Sweden’s Scania

MAN increases sway over Sweden’s Scania

The German heavy truck maker MAN said on Wednesday it had raised its voting rights access in Swedish counterpart Scania to more than 20 percent, and emphasized its strategic interest in the firm.

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Germany challenges Italy on Nazi massacre

Germany has challenged at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an Italian court's ruling that it pay damages to the families of victims of Nazi war crimes there.

Germans open pet soup kitchens as recession begins to bite

Germans open pet soup kitchens as recession begins to bite

In a sign of the times in Europe's biggest economy, poodles, pinschers, terriers, and sheep dogs are queuing up for rations at Berlin's first soup kitchen for pets, writes AFP's Marion Meyer-Radtke.