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The man who would be chancellor: Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who launched his campaign Monday to unseat German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has won respect as foreign minister but has struggled to galvanise his party for battle.

Steinmeier defends jobs-for-all election plan

Steinmeier defends jobs-for-all election plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s embattled challenger unveiled his election manifesto Monday with an ambitious pledge of full employment in a decade amid Germany’s worst post-war recession.

Hidden disabled girl to be institutionalised

Hidden disabled girl to be institutionalised

Lübbenow authorities said Monday they are planning to institutionalise a 13-year-old girl discovered last week after being hidden by her parents for years, never attending school or seeing a doctor.

Canada extradites German arms dealer

Canada extradites German arms dealer

A 75-year-old German-Canadian arms dealer landed in Munich on Monday to face tax evasion and bribery charges related to a slush-fund scandal that disgraced former Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 1999.

‘Jesus Freaks’ worship while rocking out at Freakstock

‘Jesus Freaks’ worship while rocking out at Freakstock

While 75,000 heavy metal fans threw up the devil’s horns to cheer on the bands at Wacken Open Air, 4,000 self-proclaimed “Jesus Freaks” rocked out at Freakstock in Borgentreich for five days until Sunday.

Germans love Volkswagen best

Germans love Volkswagen best

Volkswagen is Germany’s best-loved company in a new poll dominated by carmakers, analyst PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) announced on Monday.

Karlheinz Schreiber: the man with the suitcase full of cash

Karlheinz Schreiber: the man with the suitcase full of cash

He has brought shame to politicians on both sides of the Atlantic and now German-Canadian businessman Karlheinz Schreiber is back in Germany to face charges of tax-evasion, fraud and corruption.

Metro mulls cutting 17,000 jobs

Metro mulls cutting 17,000 jobs

German retailing giant Metro said on Monday it was now considering cutting 17,000 jobs as part of its major restructuring programme – potentially eliminating thousands more positions than previously announced.

Boris Becker expecting baby number four

Boris Becker expecting baby number four

German tennis legend Boris Becker is expecting his fourth child with wife of seven weeks, Lilly Kerssenberg, daily Bild confirmed on Monday.

Making it in Germany: an American getting out the vote

Making it in Germany: an American getting out the vote

Absentee voter registration can be a common expatriate experience. Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat, President and CEO of the US Overseas Vote Foundation, has had a leading role in providing online voter registration information to Americans abroad.

Limited S-Bahn service returns to Berlin centre

Limited S-Bahn service returns to Berlin centre

Frustrated Berlin commuters will welcome a bit of relief on Monday as limited S-Bahn service returns some two weeks after grinding to a halt due to a safety scandal.

Man confesses to 9-year-old Corinna’s murder

Man confesses to 9-year-old Corinna’s murder

A 39-year-old man has confessed to the rape and murder of 9-year-old Corinna in the Saxon town of Eilenburg, police reported late on Sunday.