Electricity prices to rise for every fifth household

Electricity prices to rise for every fifth household

Every fifth German household will face rising electricity prices in the coming weeks, a consumer report said on Tuesday.

Deutsche’s Ackermann pockets €10 mln for 2009

Deutsche’s Ackermann pockets €10 mln for 2009

Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday the 2009 compensation package for CEO Josef Ackermann was nearly €10 million ($14 million), but 70 percent of this would depend on future performance.

Dutch populist Wilders ‘unwelcome’ in Eifel town

Dutch populist Wilders ‘unwelcome’ in Eifel town

The Dutch anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders has been told he is “not welcome” in the western German town of Monschau after he spent the weekend in the Eifel region.

Spring is (hopefully) on the way

Spring is (hopefully) on the way

Spring is finally on its way to Germany after a particularly long and brutal winter. Warm winds could raise temperatures to a balmy 20 degrees Celsius by the end of the week, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Popular Passion play bad for Bavarian barbers

Popular Passion play bad for Bavarian barbers

Once every 10 years, the Bavarian village of Oberammergau crucifies Jesus all over again and local hairdressers nearly go out of business.

Röttgen could strip authority of nuclear waste storage duties

Röttgen could strip authority of nuclear waste storage duties

German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen is reportedly considering stripping the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) of its nuclear waste duties to expedite storage at the controversial Gorleben site.

Doctor shortage alarms military commissioner

Doctor shortage alarms military commissioner

Reinhold Robbe, Germany’s outgoing parliamentary commissioner for the Bundeswehr, on Tuesday raised alarm over a shortage of military doctors and lacking equipment for the country's soldiers.

SPD attacked over Hartz IV proposals

SPD attacked over Hartz IV proposals

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen blasted the opposition Social Democrats’ proposals for reforming Hartz IV welfare benefits Tuesday as a “backward” vision that aimed to make recipients “as comfortable as possible.”

Germany slaps down France over trade claims

Germany slaps down France over trade claims

Germany hit back on Tuesday at French claims that Berlin was squeezing salaries to boost its trade surplus at the expense of eurozone partners.

Church suspends priest whom Benedict helped

Church suspends priest whom Benedict helped

The Catholic priest at the centre of a paedophilia scandal that has embroiled Pope Benedict XVI was suspended from duty late Monday amid revelations he was still working with children 25 years after he was convicted of sexual abuse.