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Early exit polls showed Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives winning Germany's election on Sunday, with a centre-right coalition with the Free Democrats likely.
German voters have handed Chancellor Angela Merkel another four years in office and a mandate for change. But will the country wake up with an election hangover if she now becomes a vigorous conservative reformer?
The crisis in the global automotive industry appears to have affected the Frankfurt motor show which closed Sunday with visitor numbers down some 150,000 this year, Germany's VDA auto federation said.
Despite abundant sunshine and mild temperatures across much of Germany, voter turnout for the country's general election on Sunday was shaping up to be much lower than four years ago.
Germany's prestigious piano makers have emerged as the latest industry to be battered by the global recession as worldwide sales of the instrument plummet.
Oktoberfest is booming despite the bad global economy, with 100,000 more guests downing a Maß or 10 in the first week compared with last year, organisers reported Sunday.
Five people were killed and one other badly injured in a horrific crash on Sunday morning after a car apparently drove the wrong way down a motorway near Munich.
Will it be a Jamaica coalition, the traffic light, black-yellow, or perhaps even red-red-green? There's a kaleidoscope of possibilities for the outcome of Sunday's German election, where every party goes under its own colour.
A prominent former Bundeswehr general and NATO commander has called for German troops to start pulling out of Afghanistan within three years.