Escaping Berlin: Autumn colours from a Spreewald canoe

Escaping Berlin: Autumn colours from a Spreewald canoe

The long, lazy Indian summer days are swiftly coming to an end, but as The Local’s Kristen Allen reports, there are few better ways to soak up the season than a relaxing and affordable jaunt to the canals of the Spreewald nature preserve.

Commerzbank returns state guarantees

Commerzbank returns state guarantees

Commerzbank, Germany's second biggest bank, is returning billions of euros in state guarantees and redrafting its models for staff pay, chief executive Martin Blessing said on Wednesday.

The Left party surges in latest opinion poll

The Left party surges in latest opinion poll

Germany's socialist party The Left has surged to its best level this year in a new opinion poll, while Chancellor Merkel's preferred coalition has lost its potential majority just weeks before the general election.

VW engines to fire German household power plants

VW engines to fire German household power plants

An ambitious project was unveiled in Germany on Wednesday to install mini gas-fired power plants in people's basements that could produce as much electricity as two nuclear reactors within a year.

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Man missing for 13 years found dead in Munich cellar

A German woman clearing out the cellar of her new house in southern Germany discovered in a hidden room the mummified body of a man declared missing 13 years ago, police said on Wednesday.

Prosecutors charge MP Tauss in child porn case

Prosecutors charge MP Tauss in child porn case

State prosecutors in Karlsruhe said Wednesday they had filed charges against Jörg Tauss, Germany's only MP for the Pirate Party, on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Labour ministry tags €100 million for micro-credit programme

Labour ministry tags €100 million for micro-credit programme

Labour Minister Olaf Scholz is planning a €100-million programme to provide micro-credit to small German businesses, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.

Leading German bloggers present web journalism manifesto

Leading German bloggers present web journalism manifesto

Fifteen leading German bloggers and online journalists have drawn up a 17-point manifesto of how they believe journalism functions in the internet era.

Hessian border town changing states after 50-year campaign

Hessian border town changing states after 50-year campaign

Exasperated citizens of Stormbruch in Hesse will likely secede to North Rhine-Westphalia in a state parliamentary vote on Wednesday to make a border change the town has wanted since state-lines were redrawn after World War II.

Bundeswehr dedicates fallen soldiers memorial

Bundeswehr dedicates fallen soldiers memorial

Germany has inaugurated a new memorial to some 3,100 German soldiers killed in service since 1955, breaking with usual reticence over military pride amid a heated debate about the country's role in Afghanistan.

GM expected to reach Opel decision today

GM expected to reach Opel decision today

General Motors was expected to reach a decision on Wednesday on the fate of European subsidiary Opel after weeks of delays, which have drawn ire from the German government and unions.

Berlin docks S-Bahn payment for poor service

Berlin docks S-Bahn payment for poor service

After another safety scandal at Berlin’s S-Bahn rail service created massive delays and cancellations this week, the Berlin city government has said it will give the company just a quarter of its monthly payment.

Fire department exercise injures 11 after unexplained explosion

Fire department exercise injures 11 after unexplained explosion

A fire brigade exercise in Wilkau-Haßlau on Tuesday evening left nine children and two adults injured after a mysterious explosion, authorities in the state of Lower Saxony reported on Wednesday morning.