GM U-turn on Opel stirs German fear and loathing

GM U-turn on Opel stirs German fear and loathing

General Motors' shock decision to back out of selling its Opel unit sparked a mix of fury and fear in Germany on Wednesday, as thousands of auto workers faced an uncertain future.

A day in the life of East Germany

A day in the life of East Germany

Daily life in Germany’s formerly communist eastern half has changed dramatically in the 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. David Sharp turns back the clock in Eisenhüttenstadt.

Deutsche Bahn offers €20-ticket for Wall fall anniversary

Deutsche Bahn offers €20-ticket for Wall fall anniversary

Deutsche Bahn on Wednesday announced a special €20-ticket in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – but they will only be available for a limited time.

German media roundup: Kudos for Merkel’s ‘freedom’ speech

German media roundup: Kudos for Merkel’s ‘freedom’ speech

The Local’s German media roundup surveys the overwhelmingly positive response to Chancellor Angela Merkel's historic address to a joint session of the US Congress on Tuesday.

GE boss looks to Germany as role model

GE boss looks to Germany as role model

The head of US firm General Electric applauded German industry on Wednesday as an example for American businesses to follow, in a reversal of the usual direction of praise.

Police ask football leagues to foot the bill for hooliganism

Police ask football leagues to foot the bill for hooliganism

After the latest football violence left 29 police slightly injured in Rostock, the police union on Wednesday demanded Germany’s leagues pay up to €50 million a season to combat hooliganism.

How much bare skin can a bear bear in winter?

How much bare skin can a bear bear in winter?

Three stressed-out bears in the Leipzig zoo are shedding their fur, leaving them virtually naked as temperatures creep towards freezing, the zoo told The Local on Wednesday.

Copycat jailed over BMW heiress sex-video blackmail plot

Copycat jailed over BMW heiress sex-video blackmail plot

A former motor mechanic was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison on Tuesday for trying to blackmail BMW heiress and Germany’s richest woman, Susanne Klatten, out of €800,000 over purported sex tapes.

Top military rep rules out troop increase in Afghanistan

Top military rep rules out troop increase in Afghanistan

Increasing the number of German troops in Afghanistan is not necessary, head of the DBwV German Military Association insisted on Wednesday.

Man suffers life-threatening reaction to swine flu vaccine

Man suffers life-threatening reaction to swine flu vaccine

A 30-year-old in Düsseldorf has been the first German patient to suffer life-threatening health complications from a swine flu vaccination, daily Rheinische Post reported on Wednesday.

GM abandons plans for Opel sale to Magna

GM abandons plans for Opel sale to Magna

US automakers General Motors on Tuesday scrapped an on-again, off-again plan to sell its big European division, Opel, which had triggered a political and diplomatic controversy.

Bordeaux derail Bayern’s Champions League campaign

Bordeaux derail Bayern’s Champions League campaign

Bordeaux's 2-0 win at FC Bayern Munich on Tuesday night put the French side into the knock-out stages of the Champions League and effectively scuppered the Bundesliga side's European campaign.