Siemens wins Danish wind turbine deal

Siemens wins Danish wind turbine deal

German engineering giant Siemens said Friday it has won one of its biggest ever renewable energy contracts, worth more than €2 billion ($2.5 billion) for wind turbines for a Danish firm.

Former East Germany weathering recession better than the west

Former East Germany weathering recession better than the west

Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, states that belonged to former East Germany are surviving the financial crisis better than those in the former West, a research institute said Friday.

Elite German graduates to teach at troubled schools

Elite German graduates to teach at troubled schools

This autumn, around 100 of Germany’s top university graduates will begin teaching under-privileged school children in a new scheme emulating the Teach for America programme. The Local’s Kristen Allen talks with the founder of the ambitious project.

Missing Portuguese man found dead in Berlin river

Missing Portuguese man found dead in Berlin river

A 27-year-old Portuguese man missing in Berlin since January was found dead in the Spree River by police officers on Friday.

Berlin says Opel bailout decision to take weeks

Berlin says Opel bailout decision to take weeks

Reportedly furious over a half-baked rescue plan from carmaker Opel, the German government on Friday said any decision for a state bailout could take weeks. But has GM already given Opel patents to the US Treasury Department as collateral?

SPD’s Tauss steps down after child porn probe

SPD’s Tauss steps down after child porn probe

Social Democratic (SPD) parliamentarian Jörg Tauss said Friday he would step down from his leadership positions after his offices were searched in a child pornography investigation.

Unstable conditions delay search at collapsed Cologne archive

Unstable conditions delay search at collapsed Cologne archive

Three days after the dramatic collapse of Cologne’s historical archive, the search for two missing men has beeen hampered because rescue workers can’t stabilise the site, authorities said on Friday.

Bruno the bear’s half-brother possibly headed for Bavaria

Bruno the bear’s half-brother possibly headed for Bavaria

Wildlife experts believe that bears may soon return to Germanya only a few years after Bruno, a supposedly toublemaking brown bear, shot and killed in the Bavarian Alps in June 2006.

Hamburg police shoot man four times

Hamburg police shoot man four times

Hamburg police said on Friday that they had been forced to shoot a man in his apartment out of self-defense when he became violent late on Thursday evening.

‘Swiss gigolo’ to go on trial for blackmailing BMW heiress

‘Swiss gigolo’ to go on trial for blackmailing BMW heiress

The 'Swiss gigolo' who seduced BMW heiress Susanne Klatten will face trial in Munich next week, charged with blackmailing a string of wealthy women out of millions of euros.