German hostages taken to Somali mainland

German hostages taken to Somali mainland

Following apparent difficulties in release negotiations, Somali pirates took three German hostages from the hijacked cargo ship Hansa Stavanger to the mainland on Sunday, reports said.

Strikes threatened as Porsche defies VW takeover

Strikes threatened as Porsche defies VW takeover

The titanic power struggle between two of Germany’s auto giants went into the next round on Sunday, as Uwe Hück, head of Porsche’s works committee defied VW’s takeover.

HRE may need more state cash

HRE may need more state cash

The beleaguered state and property financier Hypo Real Estate may need more state aid than previously expected, a report in Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag revealed.

Greens make nuclear shutdown a coalition condition

Greens make nuclear shutdown a coalition condition

Green party top candidate Jürgen Trittin told Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag that shutting down old nuclear power stations would be a condition of entering a government coalition following September’s election.

Investigators probe 480 doctors for corruption

Investigators probe 480 doctors for corruption

German state prosecutors are to open investigations into 480 doctors suspected of helping to sell medication in exchange for rewards from a pharmaceutical company, Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

U2 rocks Berlin two decades after ‘Achtung Baby’

U2 rocks Berlin two decades after ‘Achtung Baby’

U2 rocked Berlin on Saturday, returning to the German city where almost 20 years ago the Irish band came to reinvent themselves with "Achtung Baby," for many fans their best album.