Germany passes historic stimulus plan

Germany passes historic stimulus plan

Germany approved a record stimulus package Friday aimed at lifting Europe's biggest economy out of its worst recession since World War II.

Joining the ranks of the Righteous after helping Polanski’s ‘Pianist’

Joining the ranks of the Righteous after helping Polanski’s ‘Pianist’

Israel has said it will honour Wilm Hosenfeld – the German officer made famous by Roman Polanski’s film “The Pianist” – for aiding Jews during World War II. Hannah Cleaver speaks to his daughter.

Thirteen languages face extinction

Thirteen languages face extinction

This week Germany got a few words of warning from UNESCO. According to the cultural organisation’s new online Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, the country is home to 13 languages threatened with extinction.

Drunk British soldier takes tank joyride

Drunk British soldier takes tank joyride

A drunk British soldier stole two small tanks from his northern German base for a joyride towards the town of Bergen at 4 am on Friday morning, a British Army spokesperson told The Local.

Opel reportedly needs more state aid

Opel reportedly needs more state aid

The German car maker Opel, a division of US giant General Motors, needs more help in the form of public loan guarantees than expected, a press report said on Friday.

Berlin predicts long and bleak recession

Berlin predicts long and bleak recession

The German Finance Ministry on Friday warned in its monthly report that it anticipates a long-lasting and deep recession due to worsening industrial conditions and glum business sentiment.

Germany opens new Antarctic research station

Germany opens new Antarctic research station

After seven months of assembly in snowstorms and icy cold, the new €39-million German Antarctic research station Neumeyer III opens on Friday.

US soldier found dead in Mannheim barracks

US soldier found dead in Mannheim barracks

A US soldier has been found dead at his Mannheim barracks in the German state of Baden-Württemberg after not reporting for duty, US Army spokesperson Hilde Patton told The Local on Friday.

US investor sets price for Hypo Real Estate nationalisation

US investor sets price for Hypo Real Estate nationalisation

The US investor Christopher Flowers, a key shareholder in the troubled bank Hypo Real Estate, said Friday he expected to get about three euros per share for his holding if the bank is nationalised.

One dead, one injured, and one missing in avalanches

One dead, one injured, and one missing in avalanches

One man is dead, one severly injured, and another missing after heavy snowfall in southern Germany caused numerous avalanches in the Bavarian Alps, police said on Friday.

Booze gets Karneval off to a violent start

Booze gets Karneval off to a violent start

Violence at the start of Cologne's bacchanalian Karneval celebration on Thursday evening was more intense than usual, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Friday.

Hoffenheim boss says his boys are players, not pop stars

Hoffenheim boss says his boys are players, not pop stars

Hoffenheim travel to Stuttgart on Saturday with coach Ralf Rangnick fearing stardom has turned his players' heads after they were dumped from the Bundesliga summit.