State premier Böhmer warns against East German nostalgia

State premier Böhmer warns against East German nostalgia

In light of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall next year, the premier of Saxony-Anhalt warned on Monday against adopting a rose-tinted view of communist East Germany.

Steinbrück: Germany can overcome crisis

Steinbrück: Germany can overcome crisis

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück said on Monday there were signs Europe’s largest economy could come through the global financial crisis largely unscathed.

Munich Re says natural disasters deadlier and costlier in 2008

Munich Re says natural disasters deadlier and costlier in 2008

Natural disasters killed over 220,000 people in 2008, making it one of the most devastating years on record and underlining the need for a global climate deal, the world's number two reinsurer Munich Re said Monday.

Schoolyard teasing spurs 6-year-old to change his name

Schoolyard teasing spurs 6-year-old to change his name

A German boy who was given the name Sabsudin by his Afghani father in 2002 will from now on be known as Sebastian. Pestering at school led the mother to apply for the name change, against the dad’s wishes.

New Year’s freeze expected

New Year’s freeze expected

New Year’s Eve revellers in Germany should bundle up if they plan to ring in 2009 outside – the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach on Monday warned that an icy wind will cause temperatures plunge on Silvester night.

Germans put trust in the euro 10 years on

Germans put trust in the euro 10 years on

A decade after its introduction, three-quarters of Germans have confidence in the stability of the common European currency, the euro, a survey by the polling firm Forsa has found.

Public health insurers face potential cash crunch in 2009

Public health insurers face potential cash crunch in 2009

Germany’s public health care system could come up short of cash in 2009. If the economy tanks, the new universal premium set by the government might not be enough, Health Minister Ulla Schmidt said on Monday.

Merkel blames Hamas for Gaza violence

Merkel blames Hamas for Gaza violence

German Chancellor Angela Merkel blames Hamas for the escalation of violence in Gaza because of the firing of rockets into Israel and the abandonment of its ceasfire, her spokesman said on Monday.

Expert warns climate change quickening

Expert warns climate change quickening

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, the German government’s expert for climate change, warned on Monday the process of global warming was occurring much faster than is widely known.

General says more support for Afghanistan mission needed

General says more support for Afghanistan mission needed

German Gen. Reinhard Kammerer on Monday said the Bundeswehr’s mission in Afghanistan needed greater political backing in Berlin.

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Boy dies after falling through ice

A five-year-old boy died after he and two companions fell through the thin ice covering a pond in the German state of Lower Saxony on Sunday.