Parents will ‘drink away’ new child care subsidy

Parents will ‘drink away’ new child care subsidy

Heinz Buschkowsky, the mayor of Berlin’s multicultural Neukölln district, tells Sandra Dassler from Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel why he thinks the German government’s plans to introduce a new “home-care” subsidy for children opting out of day care could have disastrous repercussions.

States may pull the plug on TV licence fee authority GEZ

States may pull the plug on TV licence fee authority GEZ

Germany’s hated GEZ public broadcasting licence fees – required of everyone who owns a television or radio – may be changing soon, daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Cemetery gardeners launch new image campaign

Cemetery gardeners launch new image campaign

Golf, art, punk and Francophile-themed gravesites were introduced on Tuesday in Essen as part of a new image campaign called “Long Live the Graveyard!” by the German association of cemetery gardeners (BdF).

Daimler Q3 profit plunges 74 percent

Daimler Q3 profit plunges 74 percent

Daimler said on Tuesday that its third quarter net profit plunged 74 percent from a year earlier, but the German auto giant stressed that it had managed to negotiate the global crisis in the sector.

Dutch journalist unsettles Merkel with questioning

Dutch journalist unsettles Merkel with questioning

A video clip of a dogged Dutch journalist repeatedly asking Chancellor Angela Merkel how she could trust a man who once allegedly forgot about 100,000-mark political donation to be her new finance minister has become an online sensation in Germany.

Bayer quarterly profit drops sharply

Bayer quarterly profit drops sharply

German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer reported on Tuesday an unexpected and sharp drop in quarterly profit and sales but confirmed its forecast for all of 2009.

Workers restoring watchtower to stretch of Berlin Wall

Workers restoring watchtower to stretch of Berlin Wall

As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches, workers at Berlin’s Bernauer Straße memorial are restoring a long-gone watchtower, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

State resistance to new tax cuts grows

State resistance to new tax cuts grows

Criticism of the new federal government’s tax cuts grew among Germany's states on Tuesday, with experts saying the missing revenue could break regional budgets.

German couple killed in Mallorca building collapse

German couple killed in Mallorca building collapse

An elderly German couple died along with five other people when a building on the Spanish island of Mallorca collapsed on Monday, authorities reported.

East German sports doping victim speaks out after sex change

East German sports doping victim speaks out after sex change

Heidi Krieger was one of East Germany's star athletes, but years of forced doping caused her to opt for a sex change and become an outspoken advocate for the other victims.