Volkswagen posts record sales for 2009

Volkswagen posts record sales for 2009

Volkswagen on Monday reported record results in 2009 despite a difficult year for the auto industry, as it pursues Japanese rival Toyota for the title of world's number one carmaker.

Police investigating students after 12-year-old killed by schoolbus

Police investigating students after 12-year-old killed by schoolbus

A young boy in the state of Saxony was hit and killed by a schoolbus while waiting at a stop on Monday morning. Police are now investigating whether he was pushed in front of the vehicle by fellow students.

When the lights go out in Wallywood

When the lights go out in Wallywood

Wallywoods, a seminal gallery for Berlin’s avant-garde art scene, is locked in a Stalingrad-esque struggle for survival with intractable municipal officials. Ben Knight slips behind the lines to talk with its curator of chaos.

Afghan opinion of Germany worsens

Afghan opinion of Germany worsens

Germany’s reputation in Afghanistan has been damaged significantly in the last year, a new poll revealed on Monday.

Counterfeiting of euro banknotes surges

Counterfeiting of euro banknotes surges

The number of fake euro banknotes seized in the second half of 2009 was eight percent higher than in the first six months, the Frankfurt-based European Central Bank said on Monday, continuing a trend that began in late 2007.

Circus trainer returns to ring after tiger attack

Circus trainer returns to ring after tiger attack

The circus showman nearly killed by tigers during a Hamburg dinner performance in December re-entered the ring over the weekend, daily Augsburger Allgemeine reported on Monday.

Pirate Party protests ‘naked’ scanners in their underpants

Pirate Party protests ‘naked’ scanners in their underpants

Scantily clad Pirate Party supporters demonstrated over the weekend at several German airports to show their opposition to controversial “naked” scanners planned for security checks.

Northern Germany battles winter chaos

Northern Germany battles winter chaos

Much of northern Germany on Monday was still grappling with the effects of a treacherous winter storm that cut off Baltic island villages, snarled traffic and closed schools.

Harsh winter means major losses for construction industry

Harsh winter means major losses for construction industry

German industry trade experts fear the harsh winter could mean billions of euros in losses, daily Bild reported on Monday. But more cold, snow and traffic chaos were forecast after a stormy weekend.

Yemen reports new information on German hostages

Yemen reports new information on German hostages

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday made a surprise visit to Yemen, where the government said it had new information on five Germans that have been held hostage for some six months.

German MP3 inventor turns to smartening up ‘dumb’ devices

German MP3 inventor turns to smartening up ‘dumb’ devices

A German electrical engineer who helped make MP3 players a reality has turned his attention to making "dumb devices" act smart.