Lufthansa hopes final talks will avert strike

Lufthansa hopes final talks will avert strike

German airline Lufthansa and its pilots said Saturday they were prepared to hold last-ditch talks to avert a crippling strike after an appeal by Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer.

Hamburg politician resigns for de-icing affair

Hamburg politician resigns for de-icing affair

The president of Hamburg's city parliament resigned on Saturday following a scandal over his abuse of the city's de-icing services to clear his own street.

Germany prepares for floods as big thaw looms

Germany prepares for floods as big thaw looms

Several regions around Germany are preparing for floods in the next few weeks as rising temperatures are expected to melt masses of snow accumulated over a long, cold winter.

Facebook comes under German law

Facebook comes under German law

The internet social network Facebook can now face prosecution in Germany in the case of privacy violations, the country's data protection commissioner Peter Schaar confirmed Saturday.

Deutsche Bank criticises German export fixation

Deutsche Bank criticises German export fixation

The new chief economist of Deutsche Bank has criticised Germany's dependence on exports at the expense of domestic demand, saying that other western countries had done better in the last 20 years.

Favourites chew their nails as Berlinale reaches climax

Favourites chew their nails as Berlinale reaches climax

Roman Polanski's political thriller "The Ghost Writer" and gritty dramas from Romania and Russia were tipped as favourites to win the Golden Bear top prize Saturday at the 60th Berlin Film Festival.

Germany to be nuclear-power-free by 2030

Germany to be nuclear-power-free by 2030

Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen predicted on Saturday that Germany would be free of nuclear power by 2030, eight years later than originally planned.

German bobsleighers set to reclaim gold

German bobsleighers set to reclaim gold

While all the talk has been of a tough, dangerous track, German bobsleigh pairs reigning champions Andre Lange and his brakeman Kevin Kuske have been quietly getting into the groove.