Berlin ‘still open’ to other Opel bidders

Berlin ‘still open’ to other Opel bidders

The German government said Wednesday it was "still open" to other bidders for Opel while Canada's Magna and General Motors haggled over finalising their preliminary agreement.

Redesigning the Fatherland

Redesigning the Fatherland

Ingo Niermann, the man out save Germany by completely overhauling it, talks to Daniel Miller.

EU commissioner calls German banking system ‘outdated’

EU commissioner calls German banking system ‘outdated’

The European Union's top competition regulator hit out at Germany's "outdated" banking system on Wednesday, calling for urgent reforms to help get the European economy back on track.

Zoo hails gay penguin couple as foster parents

Zoo hails gay penguin couple as foster parents

Two homosexual Humboldt penguins have become happy foster parents at the Bremerhaven Zoo, marking the first time two male penguins have helped hatch a baby bird in the northern German port city.

Court rejects attempt to stop ‘Big Brother with babies’ show

Court rejects attempt to stop ‘Big Brother with babies’ show

An association of concerned German parents failed on Wednesday with an eleventh-hour attempt to stop the airing of a new reality TV show involving teenagers looking after other people's babies.

Petrol prices soar for summer holidays

Petrol prices soar for summer holidays

Just in time for summer road trips, petrol prices in Germany reached a new high in May after five consecutive months of increases, German auto club ADAC reported on Wednesday.

SPD’s Roth-Behrendt: ‘Corporate greed has become so obvious’

SPD’s Roth-Behrendt: ‘Corporate greed has become so obvious’

Voters across the European Union head to the polls this week to elect a new European Parliament. In the first of a series of interviews with German MEPs, The Local spoke with Dagmar Roth-Behrendt from the Social Democratic Party.

Steinmeier tells the secret of his silver hair

Steinmeier tells the secret of his silver hair

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor in the September election, has revealed for the first time the secret of how his hair turned grey practically overnight.

Heidelberg pushes nighttime booze ban to curb youth drinking

Heidelberg pushes nighttime booze ban to curb youth drinking

After repeated problems with publicly intoxicated young people, the city of Heidelberg wants to implement a law banning late-night alcohol sales sooner than the planned 2010 start date.

Germany moves to nationalise Hypo Real Estate

Germany moves to nationalise Hypo Real Estate

Shareholders in the troubled German bank Hypo Real Estate approved late Tuesday a nearly €3-billion capital increase to be subscribed by the state, one of the last steps in total nationalisation by Berlin.

Zugspitze gets protective sun shield blanket for summer

Zugspitze gets protective sun shield blanket for summer

Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze (2,962 metres), is getting an enormous shield to protect its glacier from melting again this year, the company that runs the mountain's ski resort said on Wednesday.

‘Sheep’s Chill’ cold snap hits Germany

‘Sheep’s Chill’ cold snap hits Germany

An early summer weather pattern known as Schafskälte, or “Sheep’s Chill," has arrived in Germany, bringing chilly polar air, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Wednesday.

Obama’s German visit focused on extremism

Obama’s German visit focused on extremism

US President Barack Obama will visit Dresden and the former Nazi camp Buchenwald this week during the German leg of a tour underlining the importance of fighting extremism, past and present.