GM pays €650 million to Opel for restructuring

GM pays €650 million to Opel for restructuring

The US automaker General Motors has paid €650 million to its European unit Opel/Vauxhall to cover engineering services amid a restructuring of the troubled division, GM said on Monday.

Woman pulled from Haitian hotel alive thanks to text message

Woman pulled from Haitian hotel alive thanks to text message

A German woman has been freed from the rubble of a Port-au-Prince hotel four days after the devastating earthquake that plunged the city into chaos. Rescuers found her thanks to a mobile phone text she sent to her husband.

Berlin residents at highest risk for poverty

Berlin residents at highest risk for poverty

Nowhere in Germany are people more at risk of poverty than in the capital city of Berlin, a study released on Monday found.

Berlin police shoot wild boar after biting rampage in park

Berlin police shoot wild boar after biting rampage in park

A wild boar was shot and killed by a city marksman after it went on a biting rampage in a suburban area of Berlin, police told The Local on Monday.

Obama musical thrills ardent German fans

Obama musical thrills ardent German fans

US President Barack Obama – or at least his stage version – thrilled a Frankfurt audience Sunday with songs in a musical that opened far from the trenches of Washington politics in a land still charmed by his message of hope and change.

Trial of CDU slush fund figure Schreiber begins

Trial of CDU slush fund figure Schreiber begins

Arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber went on trial in Augsburg on Monday for tax evasion, fraud and bribery. Extradited from Canada, he is a key figure in slush fund scandal involving Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats.

The Local’s guide to the Ruhr Valley’s year of culture

The Local’s guide to the Ruhr Valley’s year of culture

Long known as Germany's gritty industrial heartland, the Ruhr Valley is hoping to show a different side as one of Europe's cultural capitals this year. The Local takes a look at some of the highlights of RUHR.2010.

‘Das Weisse Band’ wins Golden Globe

‘Das Weisse Band’ wins Golden Globe

German film "Das Weisse Band" (The White Ribbon) took home its first award of the season, picking up the Golden Globe statuette Sunday night in Los Angeles.

Catholics back Protestant criticism of Afghanistan war

Catholics back Protestant criticism of Afghanistan war

Germany’s Catholic bishops echoed Protestant criticism of the country's military presence in Afghanistan over the weekend, as Bundeswehr troops shot and killed an Afghan civilian.

Hunt for Russia’s famed Amber Room leads to Nazi bunker

Hunt for Russia’s famed Amber Room leads to Nazi bunker

The mystery of Russia's famed Amber Room, seized as the spoils of war by the Nazis, has puzzled historians and experts since it disappeared in 1945.

Israel and Germany hold historic meeting in Berlin

Israel and Germany hold historic meeting in Berlin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a historic a historic joint cabinet meeting in Berlin with top ministers on Monday.