Gold prices still going strong, commodities experts say in Berlin

Gold prices still going strong, commodities experts say in Berlin

The price of gold has had an extraordinary run over recent years, and for happy industry professionals holding their annual powwow in Germany, the party is set to continue.

Merkel still hoards after East German upbringing, she says

Merkel still hoards after East German upbringing, she says

Twenty years after German unification, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she has found some habits of her communist East German upbringing hard to break, such as stockpiling consumer goods.

Becker didn’t kill Buback, former RAF members say

Becker didn’t kill Buback, former RAF members say

Just days ahead of the trial against former Red Army Faction (RAF) member Verena Becker for killing a federal prosecutor 33 years ago, former members of the far-left West German militant group stepped forward on Monday, saying someone else pulled the trigger.

Bayern extends van Gaal’s contract despite poor season start

Bayern extends van Gaal’s contract despite poor season start

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal on Monday extended his contract with the German giants by one year through to June 30, 2012.

Rape suspect confesses to 1,000 sex offences

Rape suspect confesses to 1,000 sex offences

An alleged serial rapist admitted before a Düsseldorf court on Monday to having committed more than 1,000 sex offences over two decades, usually luring his victims by faking a disability.

‘Naked’ body scanner unveiled at Hamburg Airport

‘Naked’ body scanner unveiled at Hamburg Airport

A six-month test run of the controversial ‘naked’ body scanner began at the Hamburg Airport on Monday. While the Interior Minister hailed the security measure as “a victory for safety,” concerns about passenger privacy continue.

Schäuble ramps up threat against big deficits

Schäuble ramps up threat against big deficits

Talks on toughening budget rules to prevent a new European debt crisis heated up Monday as Germany called for the hammer to drop on countries that repeatedly run excessive deficits.

Conservatives approve end to conscription

Conservatives approve end to conscription

The road is clear for conscription to be suspended after Angela Merkel’s conservatives agreed to the measure in an effort to modernize the Bundeswehr as a smaller, more professional force, officials announced Monday.

Germany’s hearts fear: Is the welfare system too harsh?

Germany’s hearts fear: Is the welfare system too harsh?

Heartless or sensible? The government’s announcement of a meagre €5-per-month rise in long-term unemployment benefits touches the core of Germany's identity as a welfare state, according to papers in The Local's German Media Roundup on Monday.

Relatives of Polish bus crash victims arriving in Germany

Relatives of Polish bus crash victims arriving in Germany

Nearly 100 relatives of victims of a Polish tourist bus crash that killed 13 people were due in Germany Monday, many not knowing if their loved ones were alive or dead, an embassy spokeswoman said.

Poll places Steinbrück as possible Chancellor

Poll places Steinbrück as possible Chancellor

Former Finance Minister and Social Democratic heavyweight Peer Steinbrück has warned his party against lurching to the left in a speech that could position him as the party’s next candidate for Chancellor.

German tourists killed in freak ferry accident at Genoa harbour

German tourists killed in freak ferry accident at Genoa harbour

Two young German tourists died in northern Italy Sunday after their car plunged into the sea while they were driving off a ferry at Genoa, northern Italy, port authorities said.

Government under fire for €5 Hartz IV increase

Government under fire for €5 Hartz IV increase

Opposition parties and welfare advocates gathered their forces on Monday to launch a major attack on the government’s modest €5-a-month rise in long-term unemployment payments.