Germany plays down spat with Greece

Germany plays down spat with Greece

Germany sought Friday to play down growing tensions with Greece over the debt crisis and war reparations ahead of a crunch meeting next week between the leaders of both countries.

Cologne to flood metro tunnel as Rhine rises

Cologne to flood metro tunnel as Rhine rises

Cologne city officials announced on Friday that they would flood a metro tunnel under construction over the weekend to keep stable as water levels rise rapidly in the Rhine River due to spring snowmelt.

VW profits plummets 80 percent in 2009

VW profits plummets 80 percent in 2009

Volkswagen, the biggest European carmaker, said Friday that 2009 profit plunged by nearly 80 percent in the global slump but predicted that sales and operating profit would rebound this year.

Bringing 3D television to a living room near you

Bringing 3D television to a living room near you

Three-dimensional TV pioneers are predicting groundbreaking new technology will be in most German living rooms within just a few years and that it will revolutionise storytelling and live sport without the need for funky 3D glasses.

Majority supports Westerwelle in controversial welfare debate

Majority supports Westerwelle in controversial welfare debate

More than half of German voters back Vice Chancellor Guido Westerwelle’s robust attacks on Germany’s welfare system, saying his fiery rhetoric has been justified, a poll released on Friday revealed.

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Lousy 2009 results pressure Bayer shares

Lousy 2009 results pressure Bayer shares

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer saw its shares plunge Friday after the group reported poor 2009 results amid what it called a difficult environment.

Hunters urge calm as wolves return to Bavaria

Hunters urge calm as wolves return to Bavaria

The ÖJV ecological hunters’ association urged Bavarians on Friday to remain calm following confirmation that a lone wolf has been spotted near the southern community of Brannenburg.

Munich’s answer to Lent: stronger beer

Munich’s answer to Lent: stronger beer

Lent might be a period of abstinence, but Bavarian monks decided centuries ago that drinking highly alcoholic beer helped their fasting. Thomas Barkley explains Munich's Starkbierzeit tradition.

Bundestag backs Afghan troop boost amid protest

Bundestag backs Afghan troop boost amid protest

The German parliament on Friday voted overwhelmingly in support of a new mandate to extend the nation’s military mission in Afghanistan and send up to 850 extra troops.

German banks to avoid Greek state bonds

German banks to avoid Greek state bonds

In further signs of the finance world’s shattered confidence in Greece, major German banks plan to stop buying government-backed investments in the ailing country, business daily Financial Times Deutschland reported Friday.

Victorious Viktoria puts Germany in top spot

Victorious Viktoria puts Germany in top spot

Germany consolidated its place on top of the Olympic Games medal table on Thursday thanks to a gold won by Viktoria Rebensburg in the women's giant slalom, her country's first in the event for 54 years.