SPD’s Gabriel open to coalition with leftists

SPD’s Gabriel open to coalition with leftists

Breaking a longstanding political taboo, Sigmar Gabriel, the designated leader of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), has said he would consider working with the hard-line socialist party The Left after Germany’s next federal election in four years.

Ballack dismisses worries over Russian artificial pitch

Ballack dismisses worries over Russian artificial pitch

Germany captain Michael Ballack on Tuesday dismissed concerns over the artificial pitch for the key World Cup showdown with Russia, saying his team is well-prepared to adapt to the tricky surface.

Berlin balks at boosting IMF’s finances

Berlin balks at boosting IMF’s finances

Germany on Tuesday balked at increasing the resources of the International Monetary Fund, arguing it could encourage countries to count on being bailed out by the organisation.

Why Guido Westerwelle shouldn’t become Germany’s foreign minister

Why Guido Westerwelle shouldn’t become Germany’s foreign minister

Guido Westerwelle is on track to become Germany’s next foreign minister, but Katinka Barysch from the Centre for European Reform argues he should take the helm of the Finance Ministry instead.

Claudia Schiffer exits the catwalk

Claudia Schiffer exits the catwalk

German supermodel Claudia Schiffer will never grace a catwalk again, Italian magazine Donna Moderna reported on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bahn to raise train fares

Deutsche Bahn to raise train fares

Germany’s national rail provider Deutsche Bahn will increase its fares by 1.8 percent beginning on December 13, the company announced in Berlin on Tuesday.

Dire German economic outlook improves

Dire German economic outlook improves

A government spokesman said on Tuesday Germany is poised to recover faster than originally thought from a crippling recession, revising upward a growth forecast for Europe's largest economy this year.

Police find 10 people stuffed into small car on autobahn

Police find 10 people stuffed into small car on autobahn

Police on Tuesday reported they found ten people crammed into a small car during a routine traffic stop on a North Rhine-Westphalian motorway.

Making it in Germany: A Canuck soprano

Making it in Germany: A Canuck soprano

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Soula Parassidis, a Canadian soprano singer who now performs at the Leipzig Opera after arriving with nothing but a suitcase.

Consumers paying too much for electricity

Consumers paying too much for electricity

Despite wholesale electricity prices dropping some 50 percent recently, German households paid 5.8 percent more for power than last year, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

Nefertiti bust moved to new home

Nefertiti bust moved to new home

The bust of legendary Egyptian beauty Nefertiti, believed to be 3,400 years old, has been moved gingerly to its new home in Berlin before it is to go back on display this month, the city's museum authority said on Monday.

Eight injured in Bavarian bus crash

Eight injured in Bavarian bus crash

Six children and two men were injured in a school bus crash in Kitzingen in Bavaria's Franconia region on Monday evening, police reported.