Business confidence up for ninth consecutive month

Business confidence up for ninth consecutive month

German business confidence rose for the ninth month running in December, the closely watched Ifo survey indicated on Friday, in the latest sign that Europe's biggest economy is on the road to recovery.

‘Abwrackprämie’ named word of the year

‘Abwrackprämie’ named word of the year

The Society for German Language (GfdS) on Friday crowned Abwrackprämie, or “wrecking premium,” the most important German word of 2009.

The Local presents Portnoy’s podcast

The Local presents Portnoy’s podcast

The Local is proud to announce the first podcast of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, our regular column about life in Germany.

Bundesrat backs Merkel’s tax-relief package

Bundesrat backs Merkel’s tax-relief package

German Chancellor Angela Merkel scored a key political victory as a disputed tax relief package passed the upper house of parliament Friday despite serious reservations from the country's states worried about their tattered public finances.

Frankfurt police say missing American likely fell in Main River

Frankfurt police say missing American likely fell in Main River

Frankfurt police said on Friday they believe a 22-year-old American man who went missing last month probably fell into the Main River in an alcohol-related accident.

Notorious Auschwitz entry gate stolen

Notorious Auschwitz entry gate stolen

Thieves have stolen the notorious “Arbeit macht frei” entrance gate to the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, a spokesperson at the camp memorial confirmed on Friday.

Deutsche Bahn to launch electro-car sharing programme

Deutsche Bahn to launch electro-car sharing programme

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn plans to start a pilot programme in Berlin and Potsdam in summer 2010 to test an electric car sharing service, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Friday.

Military filmed Kunduz strike from ground

Military filmed Kunduz strike from ground

German soldiers were on the ground filming ahead of the controversial deadly bombardment that killed up to 142 people in Afghanistan, daily Bild reported on Friday.

Deutsche Bank execs to share new UK bonus tax burden

Deutsche Bank execs to share new UK bonus tax burden

Global staff at Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank, will share the burden of a 50 percent British tax on bonuses, chairman Josef Ackermann said on Friday.

Fire fighters use night vision camera to save child’s guinea pig

Fire fighters use night vision camera to save child’s guinea pig

Fire fighters in the Bavarian city of Alzenau made a child very happy on Thursday night when they used special night vision equipment to retrieve a tiny lost pet.