ECB heavyweights tangle over bond purchases

ECB heavyweights tangle over bond purchases

The French head of the European Central Bank on Monday differed sharply with his possible German successor over a radical switch of ECB policy to buy up government bonds which critics say could stoke inflation.

Horst Köhler profile: The modest but outspoken president

Horst Köhler profile: The modest but outspoken president

Horst Köhler, whose resignation as Germany's president Monday shocked the nation, was rarely shy of expressing an opinion on political issues - a trait that eventually brought him down.

Hardware stores beat crisis as Germans take to nesting

Hardware stores beat crisis as Germans take to nesting

Overall retail sales in Germany may have dropped by almost 2 percent for 2009 following the financial crisis, but most hardware stores actually increased their sales by 0.7 percent, a media report said on Monday.

Deadly Israeli commando raid shocks Merkel

Deadly Israeli commando raid shocks Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said Israel's deadly raid on an aid convoy bound for the Gaza Strip had left her shocked and concerned about the fate of six Germans including two MPs.

President Köhler resigns

President Köhler resigns

German President Horst Köhler announced his surprise resignation on Monday after appearing to suggest the country's unpopular Afghanistan mission was partly motivated by commercial interests.

Four dead after small plane crash in North Rhine-Westphalia

Four dead after small plane crash in North Rhine-Westphalia

Four people are dead after a small airplane crashed into a forest near Bielefeld in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, police there reported on Monday.

Tauss leaves Pirate Party after child pornography conviction

Tauss leaves Pirate Party after child pornography conviction

Former parliamentarian Jörg Tauss, the most prominent member of the German Pirate Party, has resigned from the party following his conviction for possessing child pornography last week.

40,000 welcome Eurovision winner Lena in Hannover

40,000 welcome Eurovision winner Lena in Hannover

A crowd of 40,000 welcomed home Lena Meyer-Landrut, Germany’s winner of the Eurovision song contest, in Hannover on Sunday afternoon, as her musical mentor Stefan Raab suggested she could defend her title next year.

Labour minister moots community service for long-term jobless

Labour minister moots community service for long-term jobless

Federal Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Monday presented a new plan to give community service jobs to some 33,000 unemployed with “miserable” placement chances.

FDP open to Rhineland ‘traffic light’ coalition

FDP open to Rhineland ‘traffic light’ coalition

The pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) have expressed a new willingness to form a so-called “traffic light coalition” with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the environmentalist Greens in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a media report said on Monday.