Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie gets McDonald’s

Berlin’s Checkpoint Charlie gets McDonald’s

US fast food chain McDonald's said Tuesday it planned to open a new outlet at Berlin's Checkpoint Charlie, completing the landmark's 20-year transformation from Cold War front line to money-making tourist hotspot.

New book digs up Stasi files on Günter Grass

New book digs up Stasi files on Günter Grass

A new book showing the huge lengths the East German secret police, the Stasi, went to in order to spy on Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass will go on sale in March, its publisher said Tuesday.

Inflation hits record low in 2009

Inflation hits record low in 2009

German inflation averaged 0.4 percent in 2009, its lowest level in 10 years, provisional figures released on Tuesday by the national statistics office showed.

Father and brother jailed for ‘honour killing’

Father and brother jailed for ‘honour killing’

A 50-year-old Turkish man was jailed for life in Germany on Tuesday over the brutal "honour killing" of his 20-year-old daughter, a murder carried out together with the victim's twin brother.

Clunker bonus gives Opel great year

Clunker bonus gives Opel great year

German carmaker Opel, which was rocked this year by industrial uncertainty, said Tuesday that its German sales gained 31 percent in 2009 owing to a government cash-for-clunkers scrapping bonus.

Icy roads cause series of accidents

Icy roads cause series of accidents

Icy roads in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia caused a death and several injuries early Tuesday morning. Hamburg was also severely affected by surface ice during Monday night.

Disaster damage down in 2009

Disaster damage down in 2009

Munich Re, a leading global re-insurance group based in Germany, said Tuesday that natural catastrophes took many fewer lives and caused much less damage on average in 2009 than in the previous decade's average.

Businesses warned of second wave for financial crisis

Businesses warned of second wave for financial crisis

German businesses should expect a second wave of the financial crisis soon despite signs of a fragile recovery in the economy, according to an industry association.

Aid organisations blast German government

Aid organisations blast German government

German aid organisations have severely criticised Development Minister Dirk Niebel's plan to tie their state financial support to their cooperation with the German army.

Private channels to go to EU over licence fees

Private channels to go to EU over licence fees

The chairman of Germany's association of private broadcasters (VPRT) has threatened to make a formal complaint to the European Commission over state broadcasting licence fees.

Policeman commits mysterious suicide

Policeman commits mysterious suicide

A German police officer committed suicide on the German-Swiss border at the weekend, shooting himself in the head in front of a checkpoint guard, a Swiss news agency said on Monday.