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BASF cuts 3,700 jobs

The German chemical giant BASF announced on Monday 3,700 job cuts by 2013 under a deep restructuring plan that follows its takeover of the Swiss group Ciba.

Steinmeier says Israel must stop settlements

Steinmeier says Israel must stop settlements

An Israeli refusal to halt settlement building would hobble fresh hopes for the Middle East peace process, Germany’s foreign minister said on Monday on the first leg of a regional tour.

Hitler oak divides Polish town

Hitler oak divides Polish town

Residents of the southeastern Polish city of Jaslo are debating whether to destroy a 67-year-old oak tree that was given to the town by Adolf Hitler.

Swine flu outbreak closes two schools

Swine flu outbreak closes two schools

High schools in Berlin and Bayreuth will be closed for a week beginning on Monday due to ten cases of swine flu, officials confirmed Monday.

Grönefeld follows Graf to Wimbledon victory

Grönefeld follows Graf to Wimbledon victory

German tennis player Anna-Lena Grönefeld became the first female German tennis player to win an event at Wimbledon since Steffi Graf’s 1996 victory after winning the mixed-doubles competition with partner Mark Knowles Monday.

The best of Berlin in July

The best of Berlin in July

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, this month sends you out to bridge the gap between amateur and artist, take a visit to Neverland (not the ranch) and travel around the city balancing on a two-wheeled gizmo.

Germany awards first medals for bravery

Germany awards first medals for bravery

Chancellor Angela Merkel awarded the first medals for military bravery since World War II to four German soldiers who served in Afghanistan at a ceremony in Berlin Monday.

Record lightning strikes Germany

Record lightning strikes Germany

Over 600,000 bolts of lightning have struck Germany in the past week, a new record, the daily Bild reported Monday.

Formula One chief tries to clarify praise for Hitler

Formula One chief tries to clarify praise for Hitler

“It was a misunderstanding,” is the latest coming from Bernie Ecclestone on Monday, after a British newspaper printed controversial compliments of Adolf Hitler from the Formula One president and CEO.

Building a perfect Union

Building a perfect Union

Having just been promoted to the Bundesliga’s second division, Berlin football club Eisern Union is about to inaugurate its newly renovated stadium - rebuilt by the loving hands of its devoted fans. Ben Knight helped out for a day.

German teen victim of ‘South African Fritzl’

German teen victim of ‘South African Fritzl’

A man is being called the Josef Fritzl of South Africa after he allegedly made his visiting 18-year-old German daughter his sex slave for two months, a South African newspaper reported.

SPD to form ‘shadow cabinet’ to win over voters

SPD to form ‘shadow cabinet’ to win over voters

With the election three months away, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier has announced his plans to form a “shadow cabinet” to show off what a possible SPD-led coalition would look like.

Chinese carmaker BAIC bids on Opel

Chinese carmaker BAIC bids on Opel

Chinese carmaker BAIC has proposed taking a majority stake in GM's European arm Opel with a bid worth €660 million, a move that could boost negotiations for the unit, reports said Sunday.