Westerwelle: Germany needs foreign workers

Westerwelle: Germany needs foreign workers

Europe's economic powerhouse Germany needs to lure qualified foreign workers to address skill shortages, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Wednesday, wading into a fierce immigration debate in the country.

Siemens to cut 2,000 German IT jobs

Siemens to cut 2,000 German IT jobs

Industrial giant Siemens said on Wednesday that it would cut 2,000 jobs in its German IT solutions and services (SIS) unit, part of a broader programme initially unveiled in March.

Summer takes a break as cool weather returns

Summer takes a break as cool weather returns

Summer weather will be taking a break for the remainder of the week, particularly in the southern state of Bavaria, where high altitudes could even see snow, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Wednesday.

Minister denies police error in Duisburg deaths

Minister denies police error in Duisburg deaths

At the start of a state parliamentary inquiry into Duisburg’s ill-fated Love Parade music festival, North Rhine-Westphalia’s interior minister on Wednesday rejected claims that mistakes by the police led to the tragedy responsible for the deaths of 21 people.

Late Aldi billionaire’s armoured car up for sale

Late Aldi billionaire’s armoured car up for sale

The armoured Mercedes belonging to late billionaire Theo Albrecht has gone on sale just a week-and-a-half after his death, offering a special glimpse into the reclusive lifestyle of the co-founder of discount grocery chain Aldi.

World Cup powers Adidas to strong Q2

World Cup powers Adidas to strong Q2

Adidas, the world's second biggest sports equipment and clothing maker, raised its earnings per share outlook on Wednesday after raking in strong second-quarter profits thanks to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Investments rescue Munich Re’s quarterly earnings

Investments rescue Munich Re’s quarterly earnings

German insurance group Munich Re posted a better-than-expected second quarter net profit on Wednesday owing to earnings from investments, and raised slightly a full-year sales target despite losses from events such as the BP oil catastrophe.

In the name of the father

In the name of the father

German men have become the weaker sex. Not even the Constitutional Court decision opening the way for unmarried fathers to gain joint custody of their children can change that. But that doesn’t make fathers any less important, writes Tissy Bruns from Der Tagesspiegel.

Parking tattletale faces fine after making 15,000 citations

Parking tattletale faces fine after making 15,000 citations

Over the last six years a man in Germany's Harz region earned the dislike of his fellow residents by tattling to authorities about some 15,000 parking violations – but this week “parking ticket Horst” had to answer for a citation of his own.

Berlin underground inspires beauty pageant

Berlin underground inspires beauty pageant

The grime and grit of Berlin’s U-Bahn metro may not seem very glamorous. But this month a dozen designer-model teams will take inspiration from their favourite underground stations for the city's first fashion show in beauty pageant form. Who will become Miss U-Bahn 2010?

Piano likely played by Mozart turns up in Baden-Baden

Piano likely played by Mozart turns up in Baden-Baden

A fortepiano believed to have been played by legendary Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has turned up in the German city of Baden-Baden, a media report said on Wednesday.

Merkel’s coalition plagued by dismal polls

Merkel’s coalition plagued by dismal polls

Public opinion poll ratings for Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s centre-right government coalition remain dismal despite recent reports that the economy is recovering after the global financial crisis, according to Forsa survey released on Wednesday.

German envoy among diplomats told to ‘go to hell’ by Mugabe

German envoy among diplomats told to ‘go to hell’ by Mugabe

Zimbabwe's foreign minister Wednesday summoned Germany’s envoy and two other western diplomats to scold them for leaving early from the burial of President Robert Mugabe's sister, after being told in a speech to go "to hell."