Germany torpedoes Arcandor’s aid request

Germany torpedoes Arcandor’s aid request

The German government rejected a plea Monday by troubled retail group Arcandor for emergency loans and guarantees, as the leading shareholder in travel agency Thomas Cook lurched towards insolvency.

Carmakers see weak sales as industrial orders stabilise

Carmakers see weak sales as industrial orders stabilise

German luxury carmakers Audi, BMW and Daimler unveiled weak May sales figures on Monday as relatively good news was reported for German industry in general.

Hunter faces charges for shooting wolf

Hunter faces charges for shooting wolf

A German hunter faces prosecution after shooting one of two wolves known to live in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt, officials said on Monday.

Industrial orders remain stable for April

Industrial orders remain stable for April

German industrial orders, a key indicator in Europe's biggest economy, were stable in April compared with the previous month, the economy ministry said on Monday.

Merkel says EU vote boosts reelection hopes

Merkel says EU vote boosts reelection hopes

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday her party's strong showing in European elections has boosted her chances of winning a second term in power when Germany holds national elections in September.

Pelikan probed for using endangered woods

Pelikan probed for using endangered woods

The German Customs Investigation Bureau (ZKA) has Pelikan, a writing utensil maker, in its sights for using protected rainforest wood Ramin for paint brush handles, broadcaster ARD reported on Monday.

Can the SPD bounce back from its EU disaster?

Can the SPD bounce back from its EU disaster?

Do German voters seek stability in times of crisis? Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives won Sunday's EU elections while the SPD suffered a historic defeat. Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup explore the ramifications for the upcoming German election this autumn.

The best of Berlin in June

The best of Berlin in June

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, this month picks the best places to buy a trusty shoulder-bag, get queer in cowboy boots, nab a skyscraper-sized dose of adrenaline and catch a glimpse of the American president in all his glory.

Dog fetches live WWII grenade

Dog fetches live WWII grenade

A dog in Erkrath discovered a live World War II-era hand grenade while on a walk this weekend, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia told The Local.

Berlin rejects loan guarantees for Arcandor

Berlin rejects loan guarantees for Arcandor

The German government on Monday rejected emergency guarantees for Arcandor, putting the troubled retail group one step closer to insolvency.

Tornado tears through northern Cologne

Tornado tears through northern Cologne

A tornado tore through Cologne’s northern Roggendorf district on Sunday evening, damaging cars, homes and gardens along a 300-metre path, according to the fire department.

Berlin votes to keep Tempelhof an architectural monument

Berlin votes to keep Tempelhof an architectural monument

Berlin’s Tempelhof-Schöneberg district voted overwhelmingly in a referendum on Sunday to keep the storied Tempelhof airport a monument.

Two German soldiers shot in Taliban attack

Two German soldiers shot in Taliban attack

Two German soldiers were injured during a firefight in northern Afghanistan, Bundeswehr operations command said in Potsdam on Monday.

Merkel’s CDU trounces SPD in European vote

Merkel’s CDU trounces SPD in European vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives came out on top in Sunday's European elections, trouncing her main centre-left rivals in what was seen as a dry run for September's general election.