Officer from Polanski’s ‘Pianist’ honoured

Officer from Polanski’s ‘Pianist’ honoured

The German officer made famous by the prize-winning film "The Pianist" has been posthumously recognised for his role in helping Jews during World War II, Israel's Holocaust memorial said Monday.

The FDP’s Karneval conspiracy

The FDP’s Karneval conspiracy

With the Rhineland gearing up for Karneval this week and Germany’s pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) riding high in opinion polls, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, uncovers a stunning conspiracy at the highest levels of government.

Althaus will not be questioned in ski death

Althaus will not be questioned in ski death

Police may not question Thuringia’s state premier Dieter Althaus in their investigation of the New Year’s Day ski accident that left a 41-year-old Slovakian woman dead and Althaus with a severe brain injury, according to daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Monday.

Court upholds university tuition fees in Baden-Württemberg

Court upholds university tuition fees in Baden-Württemberg

A court in Baden-Württemberg dealt a blow to public university students on Monday when it ruled that tuition fees of €500 per semester in the German state are lawful.

State officials discuss splitting Opel from GM

State officials discuss splitting Opel from GM

German state governments are working to split car manufacturer Opel from the ailing US parent General Motors, daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Monday.

BMW slashes 850 UK jobs at Mini

BMW slashes 850 UK jobs at Mini

German automaker BMW said on Monday that it would shed 850 workers in England who help to make the Mini as the economic crisis hits demand for the iconic car, celebrating its 50th birthday in 2009.

Life sentence upheld for German murderer of Swedish kids

Life sentence upheld for German murderer of Swedish kids

German woman Christine Schürrer has had her life sentence upheld by the Court of Appeal for the murders of two young children in Arboga, Sweden last year.

Berlin appoints special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Berlin appoints special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan

Germany on Monday followed the lead of the US and Britain in announcing the appointment of a special envoy for two countries increasingly seen as part of the same problem: Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Five injured in neo-Nazi attack near Dresden

Five injured in neo-Nazi attack near Dresden

Five people were injured on Saturday evening when a group of neo-Nazis attacked two buses full of left-wing activists at a motorway rest stop after more than 10,000 people protested a massive far-right demonstration in Dresden.

Heavy snow makes for messy Monday morning traffic

Heavy snow makes for messy Monday morning traffic

Heavy snowfall across Germany caused traffic problems on Monday morning with numerous accidents, flight delays and cancellations.

Union calls for strikes as state wage talks fail

Union calls for strikes as state wage talks fail

Frank Bsirske, head of public workers' trade union Verdi, has called for more strikes after a third round of wage negotiations with German states failed on Saturday.

Merkel says nationalising Hypo Real Estate bank an option

Merkel says nationalising Hypo Real Estate bank an option

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had not ruled out nationalising the troubled Hypo Real Estate (HRE) bank as a last resort, during a television interview on Sunday evening.