Kings, castles and kitsch: Getting to know the real Bavaria

Kings, castles and kitsch: Getting to know the real Bavaria

Popular clichés about Bavaria have created lasting impressions of Germany around the world. But Mark Worth takes the time to find out that the former kingdom has more to offer than just men in short leather trousers and beer.

Reward for ‘phantom killer’ reaches record €300,000

Reward for ‘phantom killer’ reaches record €300,000

The reward for clues leading to the arrest of one of Germany’s most hotly pursued criminals has been doubled to a record €300,000, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

Mecom sells German media holdings

Mecom sells German media holdings

British-owned Mecom, publisher of dailies Berliner Zeitung and Hamburger Morgenpost, has sold its German holdings to Cologne-based media group M. DuMont Schauberg just three years after entering the market, the company confirmed on Tuesday in London.

Merkel defends stimulus package

Merkel defends stimulus package

Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the biggest stimulus package in Germany's post-war history against critics Tuesday, saying it would leave Europe's top economy in better shape than before the crisis.

Group wants Oktoberfest named ‘intangible’ UNESCO site

Group wants Oktoberfest named ‘intangible’ UNESCO site

The German festival association DSB wants Munich’s Oktoberfest to be added to the UNESCO’s list as an Intangible Cultural Heritage element, daily tz reported on Tuesday.

Thin ice causes spate of skating accidents

Thin ice causes spate of skating accidents

Frigid temperatures have frozen lakes, canals and rivers across Germany, but authorities are warning ice skaters to stay off of certain bodies of water after one man died and 19 other fell through ice in the state of Bavaria in recent days.

Critics assail German stimulus package

Critics assail German stimulus package

Germany has thrashed out the biggest stimulus package in its post-war history, but critics dismissed it Tuesday as is too little, too late to shore up Europe's leading economy.

Commerzbank secures Dresdner Bank deal

Commerzbank secures Dresdner Bank deal

Commerzbank, Germany's second biggest bank, has wrapped up its purchase of peer Dresdner Bank, nailing down a risky deal that has taken months to finalise.

Interview with economist Michael Burda: ‘Germany has to do its part’

Interview with economist Michael Burda: ‘Germany has to do its part’

The German government on Monday night agreed to a €50-billion stimulus package, but will it be enough to bolster Europe’s largest economy? The Local spoke with Prof. Michael Burda, director of the Institute for Economic Theory at Berlin’s Humboldt University.

Aldi making big push into American market

Aldi making big push into American market

German discount grocer Aldi plans to open at least 75 stores in the United States in the coming year, hoping to draw traditional Wal-Mart shoppers to even cheaper deals during the economic downturn, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Bavarian interior minister warns against Mannichl gossip

Bavarian interior minister warns against Mannichl gossip

Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann has warned against speculation in the case of the alleged neo-Nazi stabbing of Passau police chief Alois Mannichl, daily Passauer Neue Presse reported on Tuesday.

Number of part-time auto workers to soar

Number of part-time auto workers to soar

The number of auto workers forced to accept reduced hours could rise to as many as 300,000 in the coming months as the financial crisis takes hold in Germany, industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer told daily Bild on Tuesday.

Government settles on huge stimulus package

Government settles on huge stimulus package

Germany's governing coalition hammered out on Monday the country's biggest economic stimulus package in its post-war history, aimed at heading off a painful recession in the world's number one exporter.