Ski season starts early on the Zugspitze

Ski season starts early on the Zugspitze

Some 1,500 skiers and snowboarders defied the climate change doomsayers to usher in the new season on Germany's highest mountain on Saturday, where over a metre of snow has already fallen.

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The political agenda of Germany’s new government

Germany's new governing coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Saturday the main points of a common programme.

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The main players in Merkel’s new cabinet

Germany's new centre-right coalition will be sworn in on Wednesday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel at its head for a second four-year term. The Local introduces the main players in her cabinet.

Clocks go back amid rising winter-time discontent

Clocks go back amid rising winter-time discontent

The clocks will be turned back one hour in the night from Saturday to Sunday, with more and more young people baffled about the purpose and annoyed by the consequences of daylight savings time. The Free Democrats have even made it a political issue.

Audi to invest massively in German plants

Audi to invest massively in German plants

The Volkswagen subsidiary Audi is set to invest €1.9 billion in its own factories, it was announced Saturday. The move is part of a crisis-defying trend among Germany's luxury car brands.

Coalition unveils agenda with tax relief

Coalition unveils agenda with tax relief

Germany's newly elected government unveiled its plans for the next four years on Saturday, spearheaded by €24 billion of tax cuts despite the country's mammoth debt mountain.

Stubborn doctors told to get swine flu vaccine

Stubborn doctors told to get swine flu vaccine

The chairman of Germany's official vaccination committee (STIKO) has told doctors to have themselves immunised against the H1-N1 virus whatever their personal opinions on the vaccine, it emerged Saturday.

Former prisoner to re-enact Stasi jail time

Former prisoner to re-enact Stasi jail time

A former prisoner of East Germany's fearsome secret police will return to one of its jail cells in a reenactment of the communist regime's oppression 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell.