Germany rejects state guarantees for Opel

Germany rejects state guarantees for Opel

The German government has turned down a request from General Motors for €1.1 billion ($1.3 billion) in state loan guarantees for its Opel unit, Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said Wednesday.

Thousands of students take to streets in protest

Thousands of students take to streets in protest

Tens of thousands of German students took part in nationwide protests on Wednesday to demand more support for the country’s beleaguered educational system.

Injured Ballack leaves Chelsea

Injured Ballack leaves Chelsea

Michael Ballack, the injured captain of Germany's national football team, announced on Wednesday he will leave the English club Chelsea FC after failing to agree on a contract extension.

Immigrant children disadvantaged in German schools

Immigrant children disadvantaged in German schools

Young people from immigrant backgrounds suffer severe disadvantages at German schools, according to a study released on Wednesday.

Merkel and Sarkozy push financial market reforms

Merkel and Sarkozy push financial market reforms

France and Germany on Wednesday called for a European ban on certain high-risk financial market instruments such as naked short selling in a joint appeal that came amid tensions over the eurozone debt crises.

Design festival taxies for takeoff at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

Design festival taxies for takeoff at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

With Berlin’s DMY design festival set to start on Wednesday, The Local took a sneak peak of what’s on offer.

Voters favour Gauck for president

Voters favour Gauck for president

Dark horse opposition candidate for president Joachim Gauck has more support among ordinary voters than frontrunner Christian Wulff, a poll published Wednesday found.

Rhineland inches towards traffic light coalition

Rhineland inches towards traffic light coalition

Germany’s most-populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), is finally moving towards a “traffic light coalition” of Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats, with leaders announcing that alliance talks were progressing well Wednesday.

Police put dent in neo-Nazi websites

Police put dent in neo-Nazi websites

The number of illegal German neo-Nazi homepages on the internet has fallen in the past year, delivering authorities their first victory in combating right-wing extremism on the web, media reported Wednesday.

Storm warnings issued as mercury climbs

Storm warnings issued as mercury climbs

Germany’s weather bureau has issued thunderstorm warnings for parts of the country, with Wednesday's warm weather forecast to give way to heavy rain, hail and squalls on Thursday.