VW idles 92,000 as BMW cuts production

VW idles 92,000 as BMW cuts production

Europe's leading carmaker Volkswagen said on Tuesday it would idle about two thirds of its 92,000 German workforce for one week next month as it cuts production amid an economic slump.

German hostage freed in Yemen

German hostage freed in Yemen

A German contractor taken hostage in Yemen has been released, a tribal source close to the kidnappers said on Tuesday.

Merkel hopes for better US-German ties with Obama

Merkel hopes for better US-German ties with Obama

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday said she hoped for closer cooperation with the US government after Barack Obama’s takes his place in the White House.

Flu bug infecting northern Germany

Flu bug infecting northern Germany

A wave of influenza has hit nothern Germany with a vengence and will likely spread across the country in the coming weeks, according to flu experts.

Retail giant Metro reportedly axing 15,000 jobs

Retail giant Metro reportedly axing 15,000 jobs

German retail giant Metro is planning to cut 15,000 jobs or five percent of its workforce in a major restructuring programme to help it weather the economic slowdown, company sources told AFP on Tuesday.

Bakery driver on trial for burying ‘lying’ girlfriend alive

Bakery driver on trial for burying ‘lying’ girlfriend alive

A 40-year-old bakery delivery man went on trial in Cologne on Tuesday for burying his girlfriend alive.

Glos: EU blackmailed by Turkey over pipeline

Glos: EU blackmailed by Turkey over pipeline

Turkey is blackmailing the European Union over the proposed Nabucco gas pipeline, which would bypass Russia by bringing Caspian Sea gas to Europe, German Economy Minister Michael Glos said on Tuesday.

Linguists pick ‘needy banks’ as panned German phrase of 2008

Linguists pick ‘needy banks’ as panned German phrase of 2008

A jury of language experts on Tuesday chose the phrase notleidende Banken, or “needy banks,” as 2008's most scorned linguistic no-no in German.

Enter Obama: A new map for American-German relations

Enter Obama: A new map for American-German relations

A new chapter in transatlantic ties begins on Tuesday with the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States of America. Dr. Jackson Janes, executive director of the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, outlines the key issues where the new US administration can work with Berlin.

German men are more romantic than their lady friends

German men are more romantic than their lady friends

German men are more romantic and say "I love you" more often than their female counterparts, according to a poll released by Reader’s Digest on Tuesday.

Critics savage Cruise’s anti-Hitler performance in ‘Valkyrie’

Critics savage Cruise’s anti-Hitler performance in ‘Valkyrie’

German critics savaged Tom Cruise's portrayal of Adolf Hitler's would-be killer in "Valkyrie" ahead of the film's release on Tuesday evening, but relished a homegrown hero getting the Hollywood treatment.