German Media Roundup: Hesse’s odd election

German Media Roundup: Hesse’s odd election

Germany kicked off what’s being billed as “super election year” on Sunday, but German newspapers in The Local’s media roundup aren’t quite sure what to make of the second state poll in Hesse within 12 months.

Merkel defends German stimulus package

Merkel defends German stimulus package

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday defended Germany's decision to join other European powers in launching a massive economic stimulus but again warned against the danger of mounting debt.

Icy road conditions create chaos and kill 7

Icy road conditions create chaos and kill 7

Extremely icy streets caused hundreds traffic accidents, several severe injuries and even seven deaths across Germany during rush hour traffic, police reported on Monday.

Obama to thank Germans for support at Brandenburg Gate

Obama to thank Germans for support at Brandenburg Gate

President-elect Barack Obama is planning a speech before Berlin’s iconic Brandenburg gate in April to thank Germans for their support during his campaign, news magazine Focus reported this week.

Police chase down masked marauders on A3 motorway

Police chase down masked marauders on A3 motorway

A frantic call to police reporting a car with a pair of masked bandits caused a scare on the A3 motorway, but they turned out to be a couple who had caught a cold, Erlangen police reported on Monday.

40 students and teachers injured in school gas leak

40 students and teachers injured in school gas leak

Some 40 students and teachers suffered injury from a gas leak at a school in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein on Monday.

Germany increasingly worried about terrorism

Germany increasingly worried about terrorism

German officials have said they are increasingly worried about the possibility of terror attacks after a suicide bombing outside its Kabul embassy and a new al Qaida video threatening Germany with more bloodshed.

Dieter Bohlen testifies in robbery case

Dieter Bohlen testifies in robbery case

The tables turned for German pop icon Dieter Bohlen on Monday when he testified before a Lübeck court over a series of robberies that included his home, where thieves grabbed some €150,000 in goodies five years ago.

Merkel facing new election year against limping SPD

Merkel facing new election year against limping SPD

Germany's Social Democrats were nursing their wounds on Monday after a drubbing in a state election in Hesse over the weekend.

Glos: Germany must diversify energy after Russia gas dispute

Glos: Germany must diversify energy after Russia gas dispute

Germany's economy minister has called for diversifying the country's energy sources after the recent gas crisis in Europe, hinting Berlin should take another look at phasing out nuclear power.

German engineer kidnapped in Yemen

German engineer kidnapped in Yemen

Armed tribesmen have kidnapped a German engineer in southern Yemen, the man’s employer confirmed on Sunday evening from capital city Sanaa.