Steinmeier works for Middle East ceasefire

Steinmeier works for Middle East ceasefire

A further escalation of violence in the Middle East could prompt Arab nations to turn their backs on the peace process and delay a lasting solution for years, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank boss admits mistakes in financial crisis

Deutsche Bank boss admits mistakes in financial crisis

The CEO of Deutsche Bank, Josef Ackermann, has admitted that he made judgment errors regarding the global financial crisis. He told German public television that he and his management team were forgoing end-of-year bonuses.

Germany’s longest-serving inmate dies

Germany’s longest-serving inmate dies

Germany’s longest serving inmate has died in jail after almost half a century behind bars, the news agency DPA reported on Tuesday. The notorious serial killer was once nicknamed "monster of the Black Forest".

Auction of late Knut zookeeper’s effects sparks ugly family fight

Auction of late Knut zookeeper’s effects sparks ugly family fight

The children of late zookeeper Thomas Dörflein have put some of their father’s personal effects for sale on eBay. But his former fiancée has called the auctions "tasteless" and accused them of trading on Dörflein’s celebrity.

Merkel doesn’t speak Icelandic

Merkel doesn’t speak Icelandic

With Chancellor Angela Merkel telling the nation 2009 is likely to be a hard year for Germany, Roger Boyes, Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, tries to put the tough times in perspective.

Inflation hits 14-year high in 2008

Inflation hits 14-year high in 2008

German inflation slowed in December but Europe's biggest economy still registered its highest annual inflation rate in 14 years, provisional official figures released on Tuesday showed.

Berlin ready for Germany’s biggest New Year’s party

Berlin ready for Germany’s biggest New Year’s party

Despite the freezing weather forecast for New Year's Eve, Berlin is expecting hundreds of thousand people to come to Germany’s biggest Silvester party at the Brandenburg Gate.

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Dead woman found after days in hospital toilet

A young woman undergoing psychiatric treatment was found dead in a hospital toilet in Weimar early Tuesday morning. Missing since Dec. 22, she had been dead for days before a security guard found her.

Union warns of strikes in public sector

Union warns of strikes in public sector

Public sector strikes could hit Germany in 2009 if wage talks next month on behalf of 800,000 workers fail to produce a satisfactory outcome, the head one of the main trade unions warned on Tuesday.

Merkel calls for more flexibility in education

Merkel calls for more flexibility in education

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said the German educational system must become “more porous” so as to allow greater mobility for students.

Mayor goes underground after neo-Nazi death threat

Mayor goes underground after neo-Nazi death threat

The mayor of a small town in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has gone into hiding after a death threat was posted on a far-right extremist internet site.

Germany to ban trendy herb drug ‘Spice’

Germany to ban trendy herb drug ‘Spice’

Germany plans to ban a popular new drug called “Spice” sold as a harmless mix of herbs that has raised concerns about its safety in recent months.