Car dealers offer discounts to counter ‘cash for clunkers’ lull

Car dealers offer discounts to counter ‘cash for clunkers’ lull

Grappling with the end of the popular “cash for clunkers” government stimulus programme, car dealerships in Germany are offering discounts of up to 42 percent on new vehicles, magazine Auto Motor und Sport reported on Thursday.

The beginning of the end of East Germany

The beginning of the end of East Germany

Twenty years ago this week, East Germany’s communist regime celebrated its 40th anniversary in power while the East German people took to the streets with their fists in the air. Der Tagesspiegel’s Matthias Schlegel reports on the peaceful demonstrations that would help bring down the Berlin Wall.

Herta Müller wins Nobel Prize for literature

Herta Müller wins Nobel Prize for literature

Romanian-born German author Herta Müller won the 2009 Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, the Swedish Academy announced.

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Herta Müller: A German conscience for Ceauşescu’s Romania

Romanian-German writer Herta Müller, Thursday's winner of the 2009 Nobel Literature Prize, has used her upbringing under Nicolae Ceauşescu's oppressive regime as her main source of inspiration.

Germany confirms first swine flu death

Germany confirms first swine flu death

Germany on Thursday announced its first confirmed swine flu-related death after a female patient suffered complications from the A(H1N1) virus.

CDU and FDP agree to boost child benefits

CDU and FDP agree to boost child benefits

Germany's incoming centre-right coalition partners the Christian Democrats (CDU) and Free Democrats (FDP) are planning a big increase in child benefits, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Thursday.

Trial of suspected Nazi guard Demjanjuk to begin in November

Trial of suspected Nazi guard Demjanjuk to begin in November

The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of assisting in the murder of 27,900 Jews in a Nazi death camp, will begin on November 30 in the southern German city of Munich, the court said Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: October 8 – 14

What’s on in Germany: October 8 – 14

This Week's Highlights: Mucha in Munich, an onion festival in Weimar, and a candlelit commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Leipzig's Peaceful Revolution.

German universities slip in world rankings

German universities slip in world rankings

Four of Germany’s universities have made it into the top 100 of a new global higher education ranking, but the country’s overall standing has worsened compared to last year.

Police say 9-year-old Kassandra can’t remember attack

Police say 9-year-old Kassandra can’t remember attack

The nine-year-old girl who was brutally attacked and dumped in a gully in North Rhine-Westphalia last month cannot remember what happened to her, police said after questioning her.

Heidi Klum to take Seal’s surname

Heidi Klum to take Seal’s surname

Supermodel Heidi Klum apparently feels her surname is too German for America and has reportedly filed to change it to Samuel – the last name of her husband, pop singer Seal.

Heavy rainstorms flood streets overnight

Heavy rainstorms flood streets overnight

Storms bringing heavy rain swept through parts of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony early on Thursday morning, flooding roads and causing power outages, according to the police.