Merkel presses Russia and Ukraine on gas row

Merkel presses Russia and Ukraine on gas row

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday pressed the prime minister of Russia and Ukraine – Vladimir Putin and Yulia Tymoshenko – to get gas flowing towards Western Europe again.

Fischer slams EU’s ‘flea circus’ in Middle East

Fischer slams EU’s ‘flea circus’ in Middle East

Amid efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has reportedly called EU diplomatic work in the Middle East "chaotic" and a "flea circus."

Late billionaire Merckle agreed to sell Ratiopharm

Late billionaire Merckle agreed to sell Ratiopharm

German billionaire Adolf Merckle sealed the breakup of his industrial empire before committing suicide on Monday – agreeing to the sale of Germany’s biggest generic drugmaker Ratiopharm.

Turkish Karneval club wants to ‘civilise’ Cologne tradition

Turkish Karneval club wants to ‘civilise’ Cologne tradition

While the Rhineland readies for the traditional “fifth season,” or Karneval, the Turkish community in Cologne has founded the first foreign carnival club (TKVD) to take part in the wild and boozy festivities in their own way, the organisation revealed during Wednesday.

Infineon targeted in EU price fixing probe

Infineon targeted in EU price fixing probe

Sites belonging to the German semi-conductor maker Infineon were searched within the framework of a European Commission probe into suspected price fixing of smart-cards, the company said on Wednesday.

Tennis: Germany downs US at Hopman Cup

Tennis: Germany downs US at Hopman Cup

Germany shocked the United States at the Hopman Cup on Wednesday to end the hopes of the top seeds and holders and move within one tie of the mixed teams’ tournament final.

Possible mass grave of German WWII civilians found in Poland

Possible mass grave of German WWII civilians found in Poland

Some 1,800 corpses that authorities believe to be German civilians killed during World War II have been discovered in the Polish city of Malbork, daily Bild reported Wednesday.

Russian mafia taking hold in Berlin

Russian mafia taking hold in Berlin

Berlin is emerging as one of the world headquarters of the Russian mafia, according to Wednesday's edition of daily Die Welt.

The best of Berlin in January

The best of Berlin in January

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, this month picks the best places to strip burlesque style, get your very own personal shopping guide or speak your mind before an audience.

Economic downturn hits German job market

Economic downturn hits German job market

The global financial crisis has come to Europe's largest economy: German unemployment rose in December halting nearly three years of job creation, according to official figures released on Wednesday.

Germany mulls €100 billion in corporate loan guarantees

Germany mulls €100 billion in corporate loan guarantees

The German government is considering €100 billion ($135 billion) in guarantees to help companies find financing along the lines of a plan already used by banks, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Wednesday.

Deep freeze continues in Germany

Deep freeze continues in Germany

Icy polar air has brought new record low temperatures to Germany for the second straight day. The town of Dippoldiswalde in the eastern state of Saxony registered a frigid -27.7 degrees Celsius (-17.86 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday morning, weather service Meteomedia reported.

Condor passengers stranded for two days in Cancún

Condor passengers stranded for two days in Cancún

Some 270 vacationers got an unexpected trip extension when they were forced to wait for more than two days in Mexico for their return flight to Frankfurt as their Condor airline plane was repaired, the company confirmed late on Tuesday.

Putin and Merkel to hold talks in Berlin

Putin and Merkel to hold talks in Berlin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on January 16, German government sources told AFP on Tuesday.