Merkel thanks Eastern Europe for helping break the Iron Curtain

Merkel thanks Eastern Europe for helping break the Iron Curtain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday thanked eastern Europeans for helping bring down the Berlin Wall, saying that joyous moment 20 years ago would not have been possible without them.

New Deutsche Bahn boss holds onto railway stock market listing

New Deutsche Bahn boss holds onto railway stock market listing

Rüdiger Grube, the new head of Gemany’s national railway operator Deutsche Bahn, said on Monday he would not give up floating the company on the stock market as planned by his predecessor Hartmut Mehdorn.

Fiat woos Berlin and commits to Opel plants

Fiat woos Berlin and commits to Opel plants

Italy's Fiat, trying to drum up support in Berlin on Monday for audacious plans to snap up GM’s Opel unit and merge it with Chrysler to create a new global auto giant, agreed to keep open three Opel plants in Germany.

One-fifth of underage Germans get drunk once a month

One-fifth of underage Germans get drunk once a month

More than 20 percent of underage Germans get drunk at least once a month, the country's drug commissioner Sabine Bätzing announced on Monday.

Pop idol contestant demands redo after voting cock-up

Pop idol contestant demands redo after voting cock-up

Annemarie Eilfeld, who was voted out of the semi-final of Germany’s TV popstar contest Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar on Saturday, has demanded a redo of the show after broadcaster RTL mistakenly swapped telephone voting numbers.

Walking off the crisis

Walking off the crisis

Lean times have come to Germany. But Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, believes that doesn’t mean the country has to go all flabby.

Doctors bristle over new swine flu rules

Doctors bristle over new swine flu rules

Germany’s doctors criticised new rules on Monday forcing physicians to report cases of swine flu or face sanctions by the government.

Steinbrück: tax dodgers threaten society

Steinbrück: tax dodgers threaten society

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück warned on Monday that tax evasion was a crime serious enough to threaten the country's social cohesion.

Tax-cut debate engulfs Merkel’s conservatives

Tax-cut debate engulfs Merkel’s conservatives

A heated debate about tax cuts has engulfed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives only five months before Germany’s general election.

Tired German doctor accidentally kills patient in the UK

Tired German doctor accidentally kills patient in the UK

A German doctor providing emergency cover in Britain accidentally killed a patient by giving him a lethal dose of pain medication, the UK daily Guardian reported on Monday.

Fiat boss wants Opel to join European car giant

Fiat boss wants Opel to join European car giant

Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne, fresh from forging a partnership with US giant Chrysler, headed to Berlin on Monday to discuss his plans for General Motor's unit Opel with German officials.

Bureaucracy thwarts commando mission

Bureaucracy thwarts commando mission

The German government has been criticised for reportedly allowing bureaucratic delays to stop the country’s elite GSG-9 police commandos from storming a pirate-held ship last week.