Works council officials says Opel needs European aid to survive

Works council officials says Opel needs European aid to survive

Opel, the German subsidiary of US car maker General Motors, will require European state aid to survive, the head of its works council said Monday amid reports the firm could go under with the loss of 25,000 jobs.

DAX plunges below 4,000 points

DAX plunges below 4,000 points

Germany’s leading stock index the DAX on Monday plunged to its lowest level in over four years as worries about the economy dragged it below 4,000 points.

Karneval revellers brave chilly rain for Rosenmontag parade

Karneval revellers brave chilly rain for Rosenmontag parade

Despite a chilly drizzle, Cologne’s Karneval parade lived up to its festive reputation on Rosenmontag or Shrove Monday in the heart of the predominantly Roman Catholic Rhineland region of Germany.

Who’s afraid of the Saxon wolf?

Who’s afraid of the Saxon wolf?

Two centuries after being hunted to extinction, the wolves have returned to Germany. But not everyone is welcoming them – David Wroe heads to Saxony to track down the country’s most controversial canines.

German gender wage gap above EU average

German gender wage gap above EU average

German women earn almost one-quarter less than men, placing the country well above average in European Union gender inequality statistics, daily Die Welt reported on Monday.

Deutsche Bank predicts massive 2009 recession

Deutsche Bank predicts massive 2009 recession

Is Germany in for dire downturn this year? Germany's gross domestic product will likely shrink by more than five percent in 2009, chief economist for Deutsche Bank Norbert Walter told daily Bild on Monday.

Özdemir worried by Muslim anti-Semitism

Özdemir worried by Muslim anti-Semitism

Germany should take anti-Semitic tendencies among its Muslim population seriously, Turkish-German Green party leader Cem Özdemir warned in an interview with daily Frankfurter Rundschau on Monday.

German short film wins Oscar

German short film wins Oscar

The German short film Spielzeugland, or "Toyland," won an Oscar on Sunday night at the 81st annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Man and toddler drown after falling through icy pond

Man and toddler drown after falling through icy pond

A father and his three-year-old son have been found after falling through thin ice and drowning, police in the German state of Brandenburg said on Monday.

Steinmeier says ‘turbo-capitalism’ is dead

Steinmeier says ‘turbo-capitalism’ is dead

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for tighter domestic regulations on the financial markets to restore confidence in capitalism and free markets, in an interview with Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.