VW to acquire 49.9 percent of Porsche by year’s end

VW to acquire 49.9 percent of Porsche by year’s end

Volkswagen, the biggest European automaker, said on Tuesday it would buy 49.9 percent of the luxury sports car maker Porsche by the end of this year for around €3.9 billion ($5.8 billion).

Stuttgart confident ahead of Sevilla Champions League clash

Stuttgart confident ahead of Sevilla Champions League clash

VfB Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel is confident his struggling Bundesliga side can defeat Sevilla in Tuesday's Champions League clash, despite the Spaniards defending a 100 percent record.

Train work uncovers Bronze Age bounty

Train work uncovers Bronze Age bounty

A massive dig along 22 kilometres of a new high-speed train route in Saxony-Anhalt has revealed a spectacular discovery of 55,000 artefacts – among them skeletons that date back to the Bronze Age.

All-time October low recorded in Bavaria

All-time October low recorded in Bavaria

Meteorologists on Tuesday morning recorded the lowest ever October temperature in Germany, as the mercury dipped to a chilly -24.3 degrees Celsius in Bavaria’s Berchtesgaden national park.

High court begins case on controversial child welfare benefits

High court begins case on controversial child welfare benefits

Germany’s high court began hearings on Tuesday over whether the Hartz IV welfare benefits for some 1.7 million children are sufficient to cover their daily needs.

German doctor kidnapped and dumped before French courthouse

German doctor kidnapped and dumped before French courthouse

A German cardiologist convicted of killing his French lover's daughter 27 years ago was kidnapped and dumped, bound and gagged, outside a French courthouse, police said Tuesday.

Erotic farm girls calendar aims to make agriculture alluring

Erotic farm girls calendar aims to make agriculture alluring

Hoping to make working in agriculture more attractive to younger Germans, a Bavarian farming association has presented the latest edition of a calendar showing farm girls in erotic poses.

Mail-order giant Quelle to be liquidated

Mail-order giant Quelle to be liquidated

Administrators of Germany’s insolvent mail-order giant Quelle announced late on Monday night that the storied firm would be liquidated and up to 7,000 employees laid off after efforts to find a new investor were fruitless.

Government should give special vaccine to at risk groups, medical authority says

Government should give special vaccine to at risk groups, medical authority says

The German Medical Association said Tuesday it was angered by reports that government workers will receive a special swine flu vaccination and said it should be given to high risk groups instead.

Custodial worker strike washes over Berlin

Custodial worker strike washes over Berlin

Nationwide strikes by custodial workers began in Berlin on Tuesday after failed wage negotiations, trade union IG BAU announced.

EU unlikely to challenge Opel deal

EU unlikely to challenge Opel deal

The European Commission may have its doubts that a Berlin-backed plan to save Opel is legal but it is unlikely to challenge the deal for fears it would only drive the automaker into bankruptcy, observers said on Tuesday.