Overstretched Porsche agrees to VW merger

Overstretched Porsche agrees to VW merger

Porsche and Volkswagen agreed on Wednesday to merge into a new German automobile giant – putting a new twist on the indebted luxury carmaker's attempted takeover of the much larger VW.

19,000 German daycare workers go on strike

19,000 German daycare workers go on strike

Several thousand parents were left without childcare on Wednesday as an estimated 19,000 teachers and social workers went on strike across Germany.

BMW reports first-quarter loss, but shares surge

BMW reports first-quarter loss, but shares surge

German automaker BMW fell into a loss early this year on weak demand for luxury cars and expects a tough entry into 2010, but its results surprised analysts on Wednesday as shares surged.

Germany cannot refuse Guantánamo inmates

Germany cannot refuse Guantánamo inmates

The United States has asked Berlin to accept Guantánamo Bay inmates. Some politicians are reluctant to do so, but Germany must help close this dark chapter for the West, argues Ludwig Greven from Zeit Online.

Wolfsburg’s Magath to coach Schalke despite title dreams

Wolfsburg’s Magath to coach Schalke despite title dreams

Felix Magath, coach of current Bundesliga leaders Wolfsburg, will join rivals Schalke 04 at the end of the season, he confirmed on Wednesday.

Police arrest would-be school attacker

Police arrest would-be school attacker

Police staged a massive operation in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein to arrest a boy on Wednesday after fellow classmates revealed his plans to commit a school shooting.

Mass deportation of Vietnamese nationals planned

Mass deportation of Vietnamese nationals planned

The largest deportation of Vietnamese nationals in years is planned for the beginning of June, a spokesperson for the German Federal Police in Potsdam told daily Berliner Zeitung this week.

Drunk Ukrainian politician detained at Frankfurt airport

Drunk Ukrainian politician detained at Frankfurt airport

An intoxicated Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and his son Oleksandr caused a scene at the Frankfurt airport this week when a German Lufthansa pilot refused to allow them onto a plane, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

English language movies in Germany: May 7 – 13

English language movies in Germany: May 7 – 13

So far, we have listings for Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart; other cities will be added in the coming weeks. This week’s cinematic highlight is the mystery thriller “Angels & Demons” with Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor and the latest edition of the “Star Trek” franchise.

MAN offices raided on bribery suspicions

MAN offices raided on bribery suspicions

Authorities have raided the offices of German utility vehicle manufacturer MAN facilities on suspicion of bribery and corruption, the Munich public prosecutor’s office said.

Pirates hijack another German cargo ship

Pirates hijack another German cargo ship

Pirates off the coast of Somalia have hijacked a German cargo ship only days after Berlin aborted the rescue attempt of another vessel in the region.

Fiat denies Opel merger to spark huge job cuts

Fiat denies Opel merger to spark huge job cuts

Italian automaker Fiat has denied a report that it plans to slash 18,000 jobs by closing or scaling down 10 factories in Europe in a possible takeover of Germany's Opel.

Warming climate making spiders bigger and more fertile

Warming climate making spiders bigger and more fertile

Climate change could be leading to bigger and more numerous spiders, according to a new study published by a group of German and Danish scientists in British journal Biology Letters on Wednesday.

Obama planning to visit Germany soon

Obama planning to visit Germany soon

US President Barack Obama will return to Germany for a visit soon, according to daily Bild on Wednesday.

US asks Germany to take in Uighur inmates from Gitmo

US asks Germany to take in Uighur inmates from Gitmo

Washington has asked Germany to take in some of the 17 Uighurs held at Guantanamo Bay for years and cleared for release, while France will accept an Algerian inmate, US officials said Tuesday.

Cryptic list of British POWs surfaces near Auschwitz

Cryptic list of British POWs surfaces near Auschwitz

A list of 17 names believed to refer to World War II British prisoners of war held by Nazi Germany near its infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp has surfaced in Poland, an Auschwitz museum historian said Tuesday.