German Media Roundup: can Opel motor on without GM?

German Media Roundup: can Opel motor on without GM?

Would German carmaker Opel be better off without its troubled US parent General Motors? German newspapers in The Local’s media roundup aren’t so sure.

GM reportedly considering axeing three Opel factories in Europe

GM reportedly considering axeing three Opel factories in Europe

Ailing US auto maker General Motors is reportedly poised to close or sell three European factories from its German unit Opel – but state officials in Germany are still hoping to split the two companies.

Steinmeier makes surprise visit to Iraq

Steinmeier makes surprise visit to Iraq

German Foreign Minister Frank Steinmeier made a surprise trip to Iraq on Tuesday - the first such visit for more than 20 years.

Friesland health office discovers Nazi-era eugenics records

Friesland health office discovers Nazi-era eugenics records

Friesland county health department officials have discovered seven cardboard boxes full of Nazi files on cases of forced sterilisation in a Jever office attic, administration director Jochen Meier told The Local on Tuesday.

Attack sparks fear of rising neo-Nazi violence

Attack sparks fear of rising neo-Nazi violence

A vicious attack at a motorway rest stop after a huge neo-Nazi march in Dresden last weekend has sparked alarm across Germany. As David Wroe reports, some believe the country’s far-right scene is undergoing a dangerous transformation.

Daimler warns rough ride ahead in 2009

Daimler warns rough ride ahead in 2009

German luxury automaker Daimler warned Tuesday it could suffer a significant fall in sales this year after posting a sharp drop in 2008 profit.

McDonald’s hopeful Germans will opt for cheap eats in recession

McDonald’s hopeful Germans will opt for cheap eats in recession

Fast food chain McDonald’s is banking on increased sales and adding some 2,000 new jobs in Germany in 2009 as customers look for cheaper nourishment amid a stark recession.

German woman rescued from New Zealand ‘horror house’

German woman rescued from New Zealand ‘horror house’

A Leipzig woman flew to New Zealand hoping to find love with a 33-year-old PhD student she had met online, but found an old man living in a “horror house” instead, New Zealand paper Otago Daily Times reported on Tuesday.

Twin KaDeWe robbery suspects headed to Berlin jail

Twin KaDeWe robbery suspects headed to Berlin jail

The twin brother suspects in the KaDeWe jewellery heist will be brought to Berlin on Tuesday where they will be held and interrogated, one of their lawyers told daily Berliner Zeitung.

Roads dangerous with more snow on the way

Roads dangerous with more snow on the way

Motorists in Germany had to contend with snow and wintry driving conditions on Tuesday morning, as meteorologists forecast up to 40 centimetres of snow in some areas.

Germans look for love on the ‘Flirt Express’ speed dating train

Germans look for love on the ‘Flirt Express’ speed dating train

Not put off by the bad luck omens, 60 German singles gathered on Friday the 13th on platform 13 in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz station for a Valentine's Eve speed-dating party with a difference, AFP's Richard Carter reports.