Berlin seals €50-billion stimulus package

Berlin seals €50-billion stimulus package

Germany's ruling coalition has reached agreement on a €50-billion ($70-billion) economic stimulus plan over the next two years, representatives said after talks on Monday evening.

Deutsche Bahn awards Bombardier €1.5-billion deal

Deutsche Bahn awards Bombardier €1.5-billion deal

The German railway Deutsche Bahn (DB) said on Monday it would buy up to €1.5 billion ($2.0 billion) worth of train cars from the Canadian group Bombardier.

Opel cuts prices to deal with car market slump

Opel cuts prices to deal with car market slump

The German carmaker Opel, a unit of US giant General Motors, has lowered the price of several models to stimulate demand, an executive said on Monday in an interview.

Telecommunication prices down 3.3 percent

Telecommunication prices down 3.3 percent

Telecommunications prices in households dropped by 3.3 percent in 2008, according to the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Monday.

Honour killing victim’s parents refuse to testify

Honour killing victim’s parents refuse to testify

The parents of the German-Afghan victim of an “honour killing” by her brother last year refused to testify in a Hamburg court on Monday. Meanwhile state prosecutors have also accused her father of abuse.

Sweethearts aged six and seven elope for Africa

Sweethearts aged six and seven elope for Africa

Two childhood sweethearts, aged six and seven, eloped from Hannover in northern Germany on New Year's Eve, determined to tie the knot under the African sun, police said on Monday.

Witness emerges in deadly Althaus accident

Witness emerges in deadly Althaus accident

Police are questioning a single witness in the ski collision that seriously injured Thuringia’s state premier Dieter Althaus and killed a Slovakian woman on New Year’s Day. Meanwhile doctors have said that the politician can’t remember how the accident occurred.

Ifo’s Sinn sees two-year recession in Germany

Ifo’s Sinn sees two-year recession in Germany

Everyone expects 2009 to be a rough year, but according to Hans-Werner Sinn, the head of Munich's Ifo economic institute, Germany is facing two dire years of recession and rising unemployment.

Snow and ice cause traffic mayhem

Snow and ice cause traffic mayhem

Snow and black ice caused numerous accidents across Germany overnight and early Monday morning, but sunshine is expected to break through the clouds by afternoon.

Berlin’s first sextuplets in 20 years heading home

Berlin’s first sextuplets in 20 years heading home

Almost three months after their birth, the first German sextuplets to be born in the last 20 years went home with their parents on Monday.

World War II bombs detonated in Osnabrück neighbourhood

World War II bombs detonated in Osnabrück neighbourhood

Authorities detonated two World War II bombs and defused two others in an Osnabrück residential area on Sunday night.

Merkel seeks unity in CDU on economic stimulus plans

Merkel seeks unity in CDU on economic stimulus plans

Germany's fractious coalition will squabble this week over a second boost for the ailing economy, but on Sunday Chancellor Angela Merkel first had to restore harmony among her own conservative allies.