Merkel visits flood zone

Merkel visits flood zone

Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Frankfurt an der Oder on Saturday to see the flooding affecting the eastern German state of Brandenburg. She praised the infrastructural improvements since the catastrophic flood of 1997.

Russian consortium joins race for Karstadt

Russian consortium joins race for Karstadt

A fourth bidder has joined the race for Germany's insolvent high-street department store chain Karstadt. A Russian consortium led by top businessman Artur Pachomov has shown interest.

Germany willing to accept Gitmo prisoners

Germany willing to accept Gitmo prisoners

Chancellor Angela Merkel is prepared to have Germany take in freed Guantanamo detainees despite having earlier refused US requests to do so, a magazine reported on Saturday.

SPD grassroots condemn party leadership

SPD grassroots condemn party leadership

A survey of the Social Democrats' local organisations has shown that many party members are dissatisfied with their leadership, and most believe the benefit reform Hartz IV is the main reason for the centre-left party's electoral failures.

Germans ready to skip sex for World Cup glory

Germans ready to skip sex for World Cup glory

Most Germans would prefer to watch their national team contest the World Cup final than have sex with their partners, a survey revealed this week.

Coalition considers retracting tax break for hotels

Coalition considers retracting tax break for hotels

The German government is considering retracting the much-criticised reduction in sales tax for hotel stays, which came into force on January 1. The measure is one of several aimed at shoring up Germany's ailing state finances.

Klitschko sets sights on Sosnowski

Klitschko sets sights on Sosnowski

World WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will be looking to dispose of challenger Albert Sosnowski on Saturday with a possible unification title bout looming against David Haye.