Nuke incident shuts off Hamburg traffic lights

Nuke incident shuts off Hamburg traffic lights

Hundreds of traffic lights in Hamburg stopped working Saturday after a power cut caused by an incident at a nuclear power station, an energy company said.

Drunk cyclist gets on autobahn at night without light

Drunk cyclist gets on autobahn at night without light

A drunken bike rider rode for kilometres on the A81 autobahn near Stuttgart without a light early Saturday morning, police reported.

Opel sale to Magna coming soon, says GM

Opel sale to Magna coming soon, says GM

The sale of Opel to Austrian-Canadian parts maker Magna should happen soon, the head of General Motors Europe said in an interview with the FAZ to be published in the newspaper’s Sunday edition.

Germany prepares for possible terror attacks

Germany prepares for possible terror attacks

After a warning from the US government, German security services are stepping up measures to counter a possible terror attack against Germany by the al-Qaeda terror organisation, according to a report published Saturday by the magazine Der Spiegel.

Germans sceptical of tax cuts

Germans sceptical of tax cuts

Most German voters don’t think they will actually get a tax cut, despite promises by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, according to a new poll published in the latest issue of the weekly Wirtschaftswoche.

Violent storms cause chaos, two deaths

Violent storms cause chaos, two deaths

Heavy thunderstorms that sometimes included hail, flooded streets, knocked out power, closed airports and lead to the deaths of two people Friday evening and Saturday morning.

German speed skater Pechstein banned for doping

German speed skater Pechstein banned for doping

German speed skate star Claudia Pechstein on Friday hotly proclaimed her innocence after the International Skating Union handed her a two-year ban for blood doping which would force her to miss next year's Winter Games in Vancouver.

VW to produce electric cars by 2013

VW to produce electric cars by 2013

German auto maker Volkswagen hopes to turn out its first all-electric car in 2013, VW head Martin Winterkorn said Friday.