Steinbrück pooh-poohs US call for stimulus

Steinbrück pooh-poohs US call for stimulus

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück resisted on Monday a US call on governments worldwide to pump more taxpayer money into their faltering economies.

Commerzbank pumps €4 billion into Dresdner

Commerzbank pumps €4 billion into Dresdner

Germany's second largest bank, Commerzbank, will pump €4 billion ($5 billion) into recently acquired Dresdner Bank, a spokesman said on Monday.

Cops end granny’s roundabout race

Cops end granny’s roundabout race

An 62-year-old Braunschweig driver was stopped after circling a roundabout more than 50 times to “break in” her new vehicle, police in the German state of Lower Saxony reported on Monday.

First school for Muslim imams to open in Berlin

First school for Muslim imams to open in Berlin

Germany’s first private institute for the education of Muslim Imams will open soon in Berlin’s Karlshorst neighbourhood.

Say brother, can you spare a billion?

Say brother, can you spare a billion?

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy explains why carmaker Opel deserves to be bailed out – but other Teutonic firms don’t.

Lufthansa cabin crew back wage row strike

Lufthansa cabin crew back wage row strike

The majority of cabin personnel for German airline Lufthansa have voted to strike indefinitely in an ongoing wage dispute, their union announced on Monday.

Police arrest 19-year-old in Michelle murder case

Police arrest 19-year-old in Michelle murder case

A 19-year-old has been arrested after turning himself into police for the murder of 8-year-old Leipzig girl Michelle, the Leipziger Volkszeitung reported on Monday.

‘Swiss Gigolo’ jailed for blackmailing heiress

‘Swiss Gigolo’ jailed for blackmailing heiress

A smooth-talking con man known as the "Swiss Gigolo" was jailed for six years on Monday for blackmailing a string of super-rich lovers, including Germany's richest woman – BMW heiress Susanne Klatten.

Dead infant found in Berlin clothing donation container

Dead infant found in Berlin clothing donation container

A German Red Cross worker found a dead baby in a Berlin clothing donation container on Monday morning, daily Berliner Zeitung reported.

New car buyers allowed to reserve scrapping premium

New car buyers allowed to reserve scrapping premium

Those who buy new cars with long delivery times can still take advantage of Germany's auto “scrap premium,” or Abwrackprämie by reserving the subsidy before the alloted government funds run out, the Economy Ministry said on Monday.

Conservatives attack Merkel’s leadership

Conservatives attack Merkel’s leadership

Sliding opinion poll ratings are putting German Chancellor Angela Merkel under growing pressure, as her senior conservative allies call for clearer leadership six months before a general election.

The best of Berlin in March

The best of Berlin in March

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, picks the best places to show off your Wii moves, hang out with the cool crowd in Mitte and play bingo with a twist.

Jung headed to Afghanistan

Jung headed to Afghanistan

Germany's defence minister will visit Uzbekistan on Monday before heading to Afghanistan where Berlin has one of the largest contingents in NATO-led operations, the ministry said.

Rescuers still searching for buried student

Rescuers still searching for buried student

Rescue workers continued their search overnight for a young man who was buried last week when Cologne’s historical archive collapsed, authorities said on Monday.