Creditors agree to sell retailer Karstadt

Creditors agree to sell retailer Karstadt

Creditors for the insolvent German department store chain Karstadt opened the way for the sales of the company following a meeting on Monday in Essen.

Return of Hamburg’s Alster swans signals start of springtime

Return of Hamburg’s Alster swans signals start of springtime

Hamburg’s famous Alster swans returned to the water few weeks late on Monday as this year's brutally long winter prepared to give way to springtime temperatures this week.

Going full-tilt for pinball in the Rhineland

Going full-tilt for pinball in the Rhineland

Flipper isn’t a deceased dolphin TV star in Germany – it’s the dwindling barroom diversion known as pinball. Michael Remmert heads to Neuwied in the Rhineland to what’s being billed as Europe’s first museum dedicated to going full-tilt.

Bailout for Greece just a ‘last resort,’ Germany says

Bailout for Greece just a ‘last resort,’ Germany says

A bailout for debt-laden Greece remains a "last resort" and an agreement by eurozone finance ministers on the modalities of possible assistance is hypothetical, Germany said on Monday.

Inmate kills girlfriend in visiting room

Inmate kills girlfriend in visiting room

Officials in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday called for a thorough investigation after an inmate at a Remscheid prison killed his girlfriend and severely injured himself in a visiting room over the weekend.

Magath says Schalke ‘too soft’ to win Bundesliga

Magath says Schalke ‘too soft’ to win Bundesliga

Schalke 04 coach Felix Magath all but conceded the German title race this weekend, claiming his team were "too soft" to win the Bundesliga.

Guttenberg moots overhaul of military

Guttenberg moots overhaul of military

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said Monday he wanted to restructure the Bundeswehr to improve effectiveness of the country's armed forces.

Merkel travels to US for nuclear summit

Merkel travels to US for nuclear summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to the United States on Monday to attend an international summit on nuclear security and terrorist threats.

Industry leader defends ‘unfit’ young job trainees

Industry leader defends ‘unfit’ young job trainees

A leading advocate of skilled labourers came to the defence of young people on Monday following recent studies that have up to half of them “unfit” for job training.

Bonn climate talks mirror Copenhagen disaster

Bonn climate talks mirror Copenhagen disaster

Rich and poor nations squabbled in Bonn at the weekend over the controversial Copenhagen climate accord amid warnings the battered UN system could not afford another failure in its quest to tackle global warming.