Court rules ‘reunification tax’ unconstitutional

Court rules ‘reunification tax’ unconstitutional

In a ruling with potentially wide-ranging fiscal consequences, a court in the state of Lower Saxony on Wednesday ruled a long-standing “solidarity tax” to help fund German reunification was unconstitutional.

GM to keep all German Opel plants open

GM to keep all German Opel plants open

General Motors has decided to keep open all four of its Opel plants in Germany, the US carmaker's interim Europe chief Nick Reilly said on Tuesday.

Social Democrats sink to all-time low in poll

Social Democrats sink to all-time low in poll

The rivals of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), sunk to their worst-ever showing in an opinion poll published Wednesday.

Benefits for reduced working hours extended

Benefits for reduced working hours extended

Germany's cabinet approved on Wednesday a 12-month extension of a popular scheme allowing firms to reduce working hours, which has helped keep a lid on unemployment in Europe's biggest economy.

Court upholds Pechstein blood-related doping ban

Court upholds Pechstein blood-related doping ban

Germany's Olympic champion speedskater Claudia Pechstein remains barred from the sport after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday rejected her appeal against a ban due to irregularities in her blood.

Toni suspended after publicly airing discontent

Toni suspended after publicly airing discontent

Bayern Munich's under-pressure coach Louis van Gaal has suspended struggling Italian striker Luca Toni because of a complete breakdown in their relationship, the Bild daily reported Wednesday.

Apple pulls sexy Stern magazine iPhone app

Apple pulls sexy Stern magazine iPhone app

Apple has summarily removed an iPhone application from German news magazine Stern due to objections over photo galleries featuring too much naked skin, Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday.

Retiree crushed beneath store Christmas tree while shopping

Retiree crushed beneath store Christmas tree while shopping

Holiday shopping went horribly wrong for an elderly woman in Hamburg after she was severely injured when an artificial Christmas tree fell on her, authorities reported late on Tuesday.

Torture victim claims Mercedes Benz aided Argentinian regime

Torture victim claims Mercedes Benz aided Argentinian regime

A former Mercedes Benz worker who was tortured during Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship has said that the German auto manufacturer collaborated with the regime.

Röttgen says Germany can’t halt nuclear exit

Röttgen says Germany can’t halt nuclear exit

Retreat from nuclear energy can no longer be halted, Germany’s new Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen told daily Bild on Wednesday.

Stuttgart down Rangers to keep Champions League hopes alive

Stuttgart down Rangers to keep Champions League hopes alive

VfB Stuttgart kept alive their Champions League hopes on Tuesday night, beating Glasgow Rangers side 2-0 at Ibrox.