Early end to season for German herring fishermen

Early end to season for German herring fishermen

Many of northeastern Germany’s coastal herring fishermen will be forced to return to port early this year. An EU reduction in the catch quota means many crews have already reached their limit, fishery groups said on Wednesday.

Metro construction to continue near collapsed Cologne archives

Metro construction to continue near collapsed Cologne archives

Four weeks after the collapse of the Cologne’s historical archive, construction on the controversial north-south Stadtbahn, the underground metro believed to be the cause of the accident, is set to resume.

Scrapping bonus exceeds allotted €1.5 billion budget

Scrapping bonus exceeds allotted €1.5 billion budget

The €1.5 billion allotted for the German Abwrackprämie, or scrapping premium, has been spent, according to of the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (Bafa) on Wednesday.

Steinbrück says crisis will take years to overcome

Steinbrück says crisis will take years to overcome

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück fears that the country will take years to recover from the financial crisis, German weekly magazine Stern reported today.

Merkel says G20 can’t afford inaction on global economy

Merkel says G20 can’t afford inaction on global economy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she was confident that leaders at a G20 summit in London would take action, saying they could not afford to "stick their heads in the sand."

Dog poo biofuel to power Berlin buses

Dog poo biofuel to power Berlin buses

The city of Berlin announced on Wednesday plans for a large-scale urban dog waste composting pilot programme to deal with the growing health hazard posed by lazy dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets.

Germany and France want tougher G20 stance on tax havens

Germany and France want tougher G20 stance on tax havens

President Nicolas Sarkozy insisted on Wednesday that G20 leaders must use their London summit to crack down on tax havens, warning Paris and Berlin are not happy with current drafts for an accord.

Man’s welfare benefits reduced due to street magazine sales

Man’s welfare benefits reduced due to street magazine sales

Göttingen’s social welfare bureau has reduced a man’s welfare benefits due to meagre profit from sales of the German street magazine Tagessatz, the Göttinger Tageblatt reported on Wednesday.

Steelworkers union reaches an agreement in wage dispute

Steelworkers union reaches an agreement in wage dispute

Steelworkers union and their employers agreed to a two percent wage increase and a €350 one-time payment for workers in a second round of negotiations in Düsseldorf late Tuesday night, according to a spokesperson for industry labour union IG Metall.

Ten postal workers injured by blue chemical powder

Ten postal workers injured by blue chemical powder

Ten Augsburg postal workers were injured on the job by a mysterious blue powder on Tuesday evening. Bavarian police evacuated the building and then found a similar powder on a nearby street.

Famed Nefertiti bust got a major makeover

Famed Nefertiti bust got a major makeover

German researchers said this week that they have uncovered a second, hidden face within one of ancient Egypt's most treasured artefacts, the bust of legendary beauty Queen Nefertiti.