Man confesses to raping German teen at Austrian border

Man confesses to raping German teen at Austrian border

A man has admitted to raping a teenage girl who was snatched on Christmas Eve in southern Germany and taken forcibly over the border to Austria, police said on Friday.

Berlin squashes hopes of stimulus frenzy

Berlin squashes hopes of stimulus frenzy

The German government has warned business leaders that it cannot fulfill all the demands made ahead of negotiations for a second financial stimulus package.

Lufthansa acknowledges talks with SAS management

Lufthansa acknowledges talks with SAS management

Germany's leading airline Lufthansa has been in talks with its troubled Scandinavian counterpart SAS, a company executive told Danish media Friday, rekindling speculation about a planned acquisition.

Dresden’s Frauenkirche closes for repairs

Dresden’s Frauenkirche closes for repairs

Dresden’s newly rebuilt landmark the Frauenkirche will be closed for minor renovations for the first week in January, church officials said on Friday.

Holiday hot-air balloons spark UFO alarms

Holiday hot-air balloons spark UFO alarms

Germany’s UFO hotline in Mannheim has been inundated with calls since Christmas Eve, as thousands of people have mistaken a new balloon fad for mankind’s first contact from an alien civilisation.

Picasso and Matisse works stolen from Berlin Gallery

Picasso and Matisse works stolen from Berlin Gallery

Several artworks including Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse have been stolen from an exhibition at a small gallery in Berlin’s Wilmersdorf district.

Germany faces deep freeze and snow

Germany faces deep freeze and snow

The winter is set to hit Germany with a vengeance this weekend. The German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday that a cold front will bring sustained snowfall and frosty temperatures of minus 20 Celsius to the country's north and east.

Economic advisor sees 700,000 Germans losing jobs in 2009

Economic advisor sees 700,000 Germans losing jobs in 2009

A leading economic advisor for the German government, Wolfgang Wiegard, on Friday said 700,000 people could expect to lose their jobs in Germany in 2009.

Germans disappointed by reunification

Germans disappointed by reunification

Entering the twentieth anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, most Germans expressed disappointment over what the country has achieved since reunification in a new poll.

Thuringia’s premier Althaus in a coma

Thuringia’s premier Althaus in a coma

Dieter Althaus, the premier of the eastern German state Thuringia, was seriously injured in a skiing accident in Austria on Thursday, leaving one woman dead and him in a coma.

Stuttgart sign U-19 star Gebhart

Stuttgart sign U-19 star Gebhart

Stuttgart have signed up Timo Gebhart, skipper of Germany's under-19 European champions and earmarked for stardom.