Munich Olympic bid hit as Bogner resigns

Munich Olympic bid hit as Bogner resigns

Munich's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games suffered a fresh blow on Monday as Willy Bogner, president of the bid's organising committee, stepped down for health reasons.

Bank association warns capital regulations could throttle lending

Bank association warns capital regulations could throttle lending

German banks may be forced to reduce their lending activity in order to drastically increase their capital base under proposed new regulation, Germany's private banking federation warned on Monday.

EU summons BASF over ‘illegal’ Swedish GM potatoes

EU summons BASF over ‘illegal’ Swedish GM potatoes

Europe slapped a summons on German chemical giant BASF on Monday after a "blunder" allowed seed from a new genetically modified potato to remain in a field in Sweden.

Cheap Berlin tourism sends luxury hotel prices into spiral

Cheap Berlin tourism sends luxury hotel prices into spiral

Berlin tourism is booming, but increasing investment in the luxury hotel market is proving problematic as five-star hotels struggle to compete for new guests in one of Europe’s most affordable tourist destinations.

Sky needs years to become ‘sustainable’

Sky needs years to become ‘sustainable’

The head of Sky Deutschland, Brian Sullivan, said on Monday the beleaguered German pay-TV station would need another two to three years to become “a company with sustainable future.”

Stuttgart 21 activists try to block train station construction

Stuttgart 21 activists try to block train station construction

Opponents of the controversial Stuttgart 21 train station redevelopment project temporarily blocked the construction site on Monday morning, forcing police to physically remove activists who had parked tractors and chained themselves to a truck the entrance.

Conservatives demand sanctions against problem immigrants

Conservatives demand sanctions against problem immigrants

As the integration debate stoked by Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin continues to smoulder, conservatives have begun calling for heavier sanctions against immigrants they deem unwilling or unable to become part of German society.

Teens jailed in Munich S-Bahn murder trial

Teens jailed in Munich S-Bahn murder trial

A court on Monday handed lengthy jail sentences to two teens for the murder of businessman Dominik Brunner on a Munich commuter train platform almost one year ago.

Trial against weatherman Kachelmann postponed

Trial against weatherman Kachelmann postponed

The trial against Germany's high-profile TV weatherman Jörg Kachelmann was postponed on Monday morning in Mannheim after his defence team asked for two judges to be recused. The 52-year-old is accused of threatening his long-time girlfriend with a knife and raping her.

One dead, 38 injured in air show crash

One dead, 38 injured in air show crash

One woman is dead and 38 other people injured after an antique biplane crashed into a crowd of air show spectators near Nuremberg on Sunday afternoon.

Germany to extend life of nuclear reactors

Germany to extend life of nuclear reactors

Germany said Monday it would extend the life of its nuclear reactors by an average of 12 years after marathon talks on the controversial issue that will shape the energy policy of Europe's top economy.