First suspected swine flu death in Germany

First suspected swine flu death in Germany

The death of a man in a German hospital was probably due to swine flu, health authorities said Saturday, making it the country's first fatal case of the disease.

Parties make final push before election

Parties make final push before election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel made an 11th-hour push for votes on Saturday, the eve of an election expected to return her to power but perhaps not in the new coalition she wants.

Skies cleared over Oktoberfest crowds amid terror fear

Skies cleared over Oktoberfest crowds amid terror fear

A no-fly zone has been established in the skies over Munich’s Oktoberfest from Saturday onwards to prevent terrorists crashing planes into the massive crowds.

German housing prices fall for the first time in five years

German housing prices fall for the first time in five years

The average price of a German home fell in 2008 for the first time in five years, a housing industry study has found.

Summer’s end draws near as ‘Sabine’ runs out of puff

Summer’s end draws near as ‘Sabine’ runs out of puff

Germany’s Indian summer weather is gradually coming to an end, though not before a fine and sunny election day, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Saturday.

Half of Germans back compulsory vote amid falling turnout

Half of Germans back compulsory vote amid falling turnout

Nearly half of Germans favour the introduction of compulsory voting to lift the participation rate as the country heads into an election that could draw the lowest turnout on record, according to a new poll.

Islamists make threats ahead of election

Islamists make threats ahead of election

German authorities have uncovered a new video threatening attacks against the country over its military engagement in Afghanistan ahead of this weekend's pivotal elections, according to officials in Berlin.

Steinmeier warns of social unrest with Merkel

Steinmeier warns of social unrest with Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's embattled challenger Frank-Walter Steinmeier has warned of social injustice and unrest if her right-wing coalition of choice wins Sunday's poll and predicted its lead would vanish on election night.