Germany welcomes new wave of Iraqi refugees

Germany welcomes new wave of Iraqi refugees

Four hundred Iraqi refugees from camps in Syria and Jordan will arrive in Germany this month at the start of a European resettlement programme, human rights groups said Wednesday.

Two feared dead in Cologne archive rubble

Two feared dead in Cologne archive rubble

Two people feared trapped in the rubble of Cologne's historic archives and adjacent buildings are almost certainly dead, officials in the western German city said on Wednesday.

Berlin’s public WiFi project rankles tech industry

Berlin’s public WiFi project rankles tech industry

A scheme to provide free wireless internet in the centre of Berlin has the German tech industry worried about its potential commercial impact. But city officials remain keen despite setbacks for municipal WiFi elsewhere.

Two Germans make short-list for ‘Best Job in the World’ contest

Two Germans make short-list for ‘Best Job in the World’ contest

The tourism board for the Australian state of Queensland has chosen two Germans as finalists for their "Best Job in the World" contest, where the winner will become caretakers on the tropical paradise Hamilton Island for six months.

Germany tinkers with junk car scheme rules to fight fraud

Germany tinkers with junk car scheme rules to fight fraud

German officials have changed the rules for the popular new auto “scrap premium,” or Abwrackprämie, because of fraud, an Economy Ministry spokesperson told The Local on Wednesday.

Mother gets 8 years for three infant deaths

Mother gets 8 years for three infant deaths

A Zwickau court on Wednesday sentenced a German woman to eight years in prison for killing three of her babies shortly after giving birth.

Machine tool orders continue plunge

Machine tool orders continue plunge

Orders for German machine tools, a key export product for Europe's biggest economy, fell by another 42 percent in January, the sector federation VDMA said on Wednesday.

Cologne mayor says continuing metro work ‘almost irresponsible’

Cologne mayor says continuing metro work ‘almost irresponsible’

Cologne’s Mayor Fritz Schramma on Wednesday called into question further construction of a metro line after the dramatic collapse of the city’s historical archive left two people missing and a gaping hole where half a block of buildings once stood.

Opel cutting jobs as Merkel says the car maker isn’t ‘relevant’

Opel cutting jobs as Merkel says the car maker isn’t ‘relevant’

The head of the European division of stricken US carmaker General Motors, Carl-Peter Forster, told daily Bild on Wednesday that its German unit Opel will likely have to lay off 3,500 workers.

Steinbach forgoes board spot on German-Polish memorial project

Steinbach forgoes board spot on German-Polish memorial project

After weeks of controversy, conservative politician Erika Steinbach has withdrawn her candidacy to become a board member of a German-Polish foundation aiming to create a memorial for WWII refugees in Berlin.

Adidas warns of difficult times after posting 2008 profit

Adidas warns of difficult times after posting 2008 profit

The German sports equipment and clothing maker Adidas posted on Wednesday a 2008 profit that exceeded its target, but the company warned that business would be tougher this year.