Official report: Dresden bombing killed 25,000

Official report: Dresden bombing killed 25,000

Up to 25,000 people were killed in the controversial Allied bombing of the German city of Dresden during World War II, fewer than often estimated, an official commission concluded Wednesday.

Elisa Moolecherry: Bringing English theatre to Munich

Elisa Moolecherry: Bringing English theatre to Munich

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Elisa Moolecherry, the Canadian actor and entrepreneur behind Munich’s English-language BeMe Theatre.

BMW looks forward to strong profits

BMW looks forward to strong profits

The world's top-selling luxury car maker, BMW, announced Wednesday its pre-tax profit for 2010 would grow significantly, helped by a surge in new or revamped models such as the popular 5-series.

Erdogan urges German Turks not to integrate

Erdogan urges German Turks not to integrate

The Turkish government has reportedly angered Turkish-German politicians by inviting them to an Istanbul conference and then urging them to resist political and social integration in their adopted homeland.

Porsche sheds debt but expects yearly loss

Porsche sheds debt but expects yearly loss

The German luxury carmaker Porsche said on Wednesday that has paid down nearly half its mountain of debt but that it expects to suffer a net loss in its current fiscal year.

British woman dead after German doctor botches operation

British woman dead after German doctor botches operation

An elderly British woman died after a German surgeon working as a locum botched an operation on her hip, severing an artery, British media reported on Wednesday.

Guttenberg kick-starts shorter conscription periods

Guttenberg kick-starts shorter conscription periods

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is to bring forward the government’s scheduled reduction of compulsory military service from 2011 to this autumn despite criticism from the ranks, a media report said Wednesday.

Merkel: paedophilia not just a Church problem

Merkel: paedophilia not just a Church problem

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said that sexual abuse of children was not solely a problem facing the Catholic Church in Germany, amid a snowballing scandal over paedophile priests.

Half of Germany’s new hires face job insecurity

Half of Germany’s new hires face job insecurity

One half of new hires - mainly immigrants, women and young people - receive only temporary contracts from their German employers, sparking calls from trade unions to make changes to employment law.

Siemens to cut 1,000 jobs in spin-off

Siemens to cut 1,000 jobs in spin-off

The German industrial group Siemens will cut at least 1,000 jobs as it restructures its SIS information services unit with an eye towards listing it on the stock market, a press report said on Wednesday.

Westerwelle attacks homophobic: colleague

Westerwelle attacks homophobic: colleague

The hailstorm of criticism that has battered Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle lately over his travel entourage was partly driven by homophobia, his ministerial colleague Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said Wednesday.

Soaring ATM fees targeted by parliament

Soaring ATM fees targeted by parliament

German banking customers being stung by cash machine withdrawal fees of up to €10 may get some relief after parliament's consumer affairs official declared Wednesday he planned to investigate the soaring costs.

Poker bandit turns himself in to police

Poker bandit turns himself in to police

Eleven days after armed robbers snatched €242,000 from a poker game in a daring heist at Berlin’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, one of the culprits has turned himself into police.