Heating back payments could hit 30 percent for 2008

Heating back payments could hit 30 percent for 2008

German renters could be hit with back payments of up to 30 percent for their 2008 heating bills, according to a warning delivered by the German tenants association DMB on Sunday.

300 million text messages expected on New Year’s Eve

300 million text messages expected on New Year’s Eve

Germans are likely to go SMS-crazy this New Year's Eve. The mobile phone trade organisation Bitkom said that networks are bracing themselves for an onslaught of New Year's wishes.

Economists criticise planned nuke phaseout

Economists criticise planned nuke phaseout

Leading economic institutes have warned that the German economy could suffer if the government refuses to delay the country's planned phaseout of nuclear energy.

Disturbed woman scratches over 100 cars in Berlin

Disturbed woman scratches over 100 cars in Berlin

An apparently psychologically disturbed woman wandered around Berlin on Saturday night scratching cars with a carpet cutter.

Steinmeier backs state aid for carmakers

Steinmeier backs state aid for carmakers

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, foreign minister and Social Democrat chancellor candidate in next year's general election, says he is in favour of state aid for German automakers, a Sunday newspaper reported.

Official raises doubts over data privacy in Germany

Official raises doubts over data privacy in Germany

Germany's federal commissioner for data protection, Peter Schaar, has expressed deep concerns over the safety of personal information in the wake of several privacy scandals in 2008.

Insider trading probe for Hypo Real Estate

Insider trading probe for Hypo Real Estate

Troubled German property lender Hypo Real Estate is being investigated for possible insider trading, according to the weekly Der Spiegel to be published Monday.