The man in the driver’s seat: VW’s Ferdinand Piech

The man in the driver’s seat: VW’s Ferdinand Piech

Ferdinand Piech, the grandson of the inventor of the VW Beetle, was more than ever the Germany's auto godfather on Thursday after his vision of a Volkswagen-Porsche tie-up prevailed.

Volkswagen takes the wheel at Porsche

Volkswagen takes the wheel at Porsche

After years of industrial and familial battles, Europe's biggest car marker Volkswagen appeared close Thursday to taking over fellow German carmaker Porsche.

Schleswig-Holstein triggers early election

Schleswig-Holstein triggers early election

Peter Harry Carstensen, the conservative premier of the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, lost a confidence vote as expected on Thursday, clearing the way for early elections on September 27.

What’s on in Germany: July 23 – 29

What’s on in Germany: July 23 – 29

This Week's Highlights: Santigold plays Hamburg, a fashion exhibition opens in Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt screens "Blowup" under the stars.

GM says China’s BAIC out of contention to buy Opel

GM says China’s BAIC out of contention to buy Opel

The race to take over General Motors Opel unit was reduced to a head-to-head duel on Thursday after GM jettisoned an offer from China's BAIC, leaving just Magna and RHJ International standing.

Man dies after headfirst jump into disco pool with glass shards

Man dies after headfirst jump into disco pool with glass shards

Stuttgart police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who bled to death Thursday morning after he jumped head first into a swimming pool at a disco, a spokesperson told The Local on Thursday.

Most Germans believe in love at first sight

Most Germans believe in love at first sight

More than half of Germans believe in love at first sight – many of them through their own experience, a poll for the German edition of Reader’s Digest revealed on Thursday.

Zypries backs adoption for gay couples

Zypries backs adoption for gay couples

German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries on Thursday backed changing the law to allow gay couples adopt children.

Berlin accepts highest concentration of immigrants

Berlin accepts highest concentration of immigrants

Berlin had the highest concentration of immigrants in 2008, welcoming 13 new people for every 1,000 residents, a report from the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) said on Thursday.

The rise and fall of Porsche’s Wendelin Wiedeking

The rise and fall of Porsche’s Wendelin Wiedeking

Wendelin Wiedeking was a savvy manager who saved Germany's Porsche from the brink and transformed it into a firm as impressive as one of its roaring sports cars.

Clues to unstable ground near landslide were ignored

Clues to unstable ground near landslide were ignored

There were clues that the ground in Nachterstedt was unstable years before a landslide pulled homes into a lake killing three people earlier this week, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Thursday.

Porsche boss and finance chief step down

Porsche boss and finance chief step down

The German luxury sports car maker Porsche announced Thursday the resignation "with immediate effect" of chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking and financial director Holger Härter.

Merkel comic book sells out

Merkel comic book sells out

A new comic book about the life of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as "Miss Tschörmänie" has sold out in four days.