Flashy Audi roars past other VW brands

Flashy Audi roars past other VW brands

Volkswagen's flashy brand Audi is racing ahead of VW's other makes and generated more than 85 percent of total operating profit in 2009, according to group figures released on Thursday.

Aldi founder Albrecht remains richest German

Aldi founder Albrecht remains richest German

Karl Albrecht, the founder of discount supermarket chain Aldi, remains Germany’s richest person, according to Forbes magazine rankings published on Thursday.

Crumbling A1 motorway casts shadow on construction firm

Crumbling A1 motorway casts shadow on construction firm

Crumbling parts of Germany's newly paved A1 motorway is creating headaches for construction company Bilfinger Berger, which is already under investigation for its alleged role in shoddy work on a collapsed Cologne metro tunnel.

Public debt swells

Public debt swells

The global financial crisis pushed Germany's public debt up 7.1 percent in 2009 to €1.7 trillion ($2.3 trillion), official data showed Thursday, the second sharpest rise since World War II.

Boy finds East German message in a bottle

Boy finds East German message in a bottle

A young boy near Göttingen this week discovered a decades-old message in a bottle sent by someone looking for a pen pal from what was once communist East Germany.

Poles no longer fear Germany

Poles no longer fear Germany

Two decades after German reunification raised widespread concern in Poland, the overwhelming majority of Poles no longer fear their western neighbours.

Westerwelle under fire for family business ties

Westerwelle under fire for family business ties

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Thursday faced new allegations that he had helped promote the business interests of his friends and family during official trips abroad.

BMW optimistic despite dip in 2009 profits

BMW optimistic despite dip in 2009 profits

German luxury car maker BMW on Thursday reported a 36.4 percent drop in 2009 net profit but also issued an upbeat 2010 forecast.

‘Free’ city tours exposed for dodgy employment practices

‘Free’ city tours exposed for dodgy employment practices

The popular city tour company Sandemans New Europe has been exposed for forcing their guides to pay for leading groups through Berlin, a practice that German legal experts say is illegal.

What’s on in Germany: March 11 – 17

What’s on in Germany: March 11 – 17

This week's highlights: Trojan warriors dance across a Berlin stage, Cologne hosts a spring festival, and continental Europe's largest St. Patrick's Day parade marches through Munich.

Politicians bicker over gun law reforms on Winnenden anniversary

Politicians bicker over gun law reforms on Winnenden anniversary

Amid memorials on the one year anniversary of the deadly Winnenden school shooting on Thursday, politicians and law enforcement authorities bickered over whether changes to weapon laws have been successful.

Up to 30 centimetres of snow expected as winter wears on

Up to 30 centimetres of snow expected as winter wears on

Don’t put your skis in the garage just yet – up to 30 centimetres of snow is expected in many parts of the country over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

Germany clashes with Brazil on Iran sanctions

Germany clashes with Brazil on Iran sanctions

Brazil and Germany differed sharply Wednesday on whether to threaten Iran with fresh United Nations sanctions in a bid to rein in its disputed nuclear program.