Brüderle stays ‘sceptical’ about state aid for Opel

Brüderle stays ‘sceptical’ about state aid for Opel

German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said Tuesday he was still "sceptical" about a request for state loan guarantees for troubled automaker Opel.

Poor children losing hope early

Poor children losing hope early

A new study presented in Berlin on Tuesday showed that even young children’s future hopes are affected by poverty, with 20 percent of children in Germany reporting they feel disadvantaged.

A crisis of presidential proportions

A crisis of presidential proportions

Knowing Horst Köhler served Germany more as an administrator than a visionary tempers any sorrow over his surprise resignation, writes Der Tagesspiegel Editor-in-Chief Stephan-Andreas Casdorff.

Bars and restaurants pin profit hopes on World Cup

Bars and restaurants pin profit hopes on World Cup

The German hospitality industry has suffered due to a long winter and chilly spring this year, but hotel and restaurant owners hope the upcoming football World Cup will get customers off their couches and out spending again.

Unemployment drops as retail sales rebound

Unemployment drops as retail sales rebound

Official data on Tuesday showed German unemployment falling sharply and retail sales picking up, as Europe's biggest economy pushed on despite the eurozone financial crisis.

German media roundup: Köhler’s shocking departure

German media roundup: Köhler’s shocking departure

German President Horst Köhler on Monday stunned the nation by suddenly stepping down. Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup try to put the political earthquake in perspective.

Singapore’s flush research funding attracts German scientists

Singapore’s flush research funding attracts German scientists

Singapore’s big research and academic budgets are becoming increasingly popular with German scientists and students, who say their country simply can't compete.

MPs deny activists on Gaza aid trip were armed

MPs deny activists on Gaza aid trip were armed

Two German parliamentarians and a former MP arrived safe in Berlin on Tuesday following an Israeli raid on a naval aid convoy for the Gaza Strip. All three politicians denied Israeli claims that those on board had been armed and provoked the violence.

Merkel begins search for new president

Merkel begins search for new president

The leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition gathered in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss potential candidates to replace German President Horst Köhler after his surprise resignation.

Flooding eases in the east

Flooding eases in the east

Flood waters in eastern Germany are easing after several tense days on high alert, officials there said on Tuesday.

Family minister suggests cut to parental benefits

Family minister suggests cut to parental benefits

German Family Minister Kristina Köhler has suggested cuts to Elterngeld, or parental benefits, by some €70 per month to help solve the government's budgetary woes, a media report said on Tuesday.