Merkel hails US decision to weakening ‘Buy American’ clause

Merkel hails US decision to weakening ‘Buy American’ clause

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, the world's largest exporter, on Thursday hailed the US Senate's decision to water down a "Buy American" clause from its stimulus plan, calling it a "good signal."

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German industrial orders plunge

German industrial orders plunged by 25.1 percent in 2008 as the global economic slowdown hit demand in Europe, data released on Thursday by the Economy Ministry showed.

Strikes close schools in Hamburg and the Rhineland

Strikes close schools in Hamburg and the Rhineland

Thousands of public workers staged temporary strikes in a wage dispute with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the city-state of Hamburg on Thursday, shutting down schools and local administration offices.

What’s on in Germany: February 5 – 11

What’s on in Germany: February 5 – 11

This Week's Highlights: A Michel Comte retrospective in Düsseldorf, the Kaiser Chiefs rock Dresden, and three Samuel Beckett films are screened in Munich.

New firm picks up shards of Hummel figurine production

New firm picks up shards of Hummel figurine production

Germany's famous Hummel figurines will once again bring joy to hearts of collectors around the world, after a new firm said it will take over production from porcelain manufacturer Goebel.

US deserter confident he’ll get asylum

US deserter confident he’ll get asylum

A US Army deserter seeking asylum in Germany based on his moral opposition to the Iraq invasion is confident his request will be granted after a gruelling nine-hour hearing, his lawyer said Thursday.

Hundreds of Iraqi Christian refugees bound for Rhineland

Hundreds of Iraqi Christian refugees bound for Rhineland

The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia will take on some 540 Iraqi refugees in the coming weeks, state integration minister Armin Laschet said on Thursday in Düsseldorf.

Ballack and Frings recalled to face Norway

Ballack and Frings recalled to face Norway

Chelsea star Michael Ballack and Bremen's Torsten Frings have both been recalled to the Germany squad to face Norway in a friendly next Wednesday, but there is no place for striker Lukas Podolski.

Police to identify Nazi ‘Doctor Death’ remains

Police to identify Nazi ‘Doctor Death’ remains

Authorities from the state police in Baden-Württemberg want to travel to Cairo to identify the remains of Aribert Heim – a notorious Nazi war criminal known as “Doctor Death” thought to have died in Egypt in 1992 after decades on the run.

Berlinale film festival opens

Berlinale film festival opens

The 59th annual Berlinale kicked off on February 5, promising 11 days packed full of films, parties and red carpet star sightings. There’s no better way to while away the post-holiday winter blues in Germany than losing yourself in velvety cinema darkness.

Deutsche Bank posts historic loss

Deutsche Bank posts historic loss

Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank, on Thursday posted its first annual loss since World War II owing to a catastrophic fourth quarter but vowed to survive the global financial crisis.

Squatter house associated with Bernd das Brot kidnapping burns

Squatter house associated with Bernd das Brot kidnapping burns

A squat house in Erfurt, associated with the kidnapping of talking TV bread loaf Bernd das Brot, burned down on Wednesday night, police reported.

Suspect in child murder fled to Turkey

Suspect in child murder fled to Turkey

A main suspect in the murder of an 8-year-old girl near the Möhnesee Lake outside of Paderborn fled to Turkey two days after the crime, police reported on Thursday.

Biden to outline US foreign policy vision at Munich conference

Biden to outline US foreign policy vision at Munich conference

President Barack Obama is sending his Vice President Joseph Biden and a top-level delegation to the Munich Security Conference this weekend to hear what US allies have to say before his new foreign policies go into effect.