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Lufthansa announces higher ticket prices

Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline by passenger numbers, said Wednesday it would raise the price of most flights but partially offset the increase by lowering fuel surcharges.

One-fifth of Germans want Merkel to resign

One-fifth of Germans want Merkel to resign

Every fifth German wants embattled Chancellor Angela Merkel to resign and call new elections, and a whopping 86 percent of them are unhappy with her government, new polls showed Wednesday.

The daily World Cup roundup

The daily World Cup roundup

The Local’s World Cup blog offers an outsider’s perspective on German football as Die Mannschaft goes for glory in South Africa. Don’t miss our daily roundup!

GM ends quest for EU loan guarantees for Opel

GM ends quest for EU loan guarantees for Opel

General Motors ended its quest for state aid from EU government for its troubled German unit Opel on Wednesday, saying it now had the financial firepower to finance a restructuring itself.

Turning teamwork into World Cup glory

Turning teamwork into World Cup glory

As Germany’s World Cup gets off to a smashing start, David Sharp explores the national football team’s legendary tournament reputation.

Leipzig hostage-taker wanted attention for malpractice suit

Leipzig hostage-taker wanted attention for malpractice suit

The armed man who took hostages at a Leipzig clothing store on Tuesday was trying to draw attention to his suffering through alleged medical malpractice, the city’s public prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday.

Bavarian company resurrects classic Horex motorcycle brand

Bavarian company resurrects classic Horex motorcycle brand

The classic German motorcycle brand Horex has been resurrected and the newly re-founded company plans to put out a new bike by the end of 2011.

Teens arrested for laser pointer attack on plane in Hamburg

Teens arrested for laser pointer attack on plane in Hamburg

Two teenagers have been nabbed for attempting to blind pilots landing at the Hamburg Airport with a laser pointer this week after being hunted down by a police helicopter.

Mixa wants his case reviewed by Vatican

Mixa wants his case reviewed by Vatican

Controversial former Augsburg bishop Walter Mixa, who resigned over allegations of child abuse and misusing Catholic Church funds, said Wednesday he was forced out and plans to have his case investigated by the Vatican.

Köhler defends surprise resignation

Köhler defends surprise resignation

Germany honoured former German President Horst Köhler during an official farewell ceremony on Tuesday night, during which he defended his surprise resignation last month.

Falcons disrupt Commerzbank ceremony in Frankfurt

Falcons disrupt Commerzbank ceremony in Frankfurt

Commerzbank, Germany's second-largest bank, unveiled its new logo on Tuesday but said it was unable to attach it to one of the towers of its headquarters due to peregrine falcons.