Government admits to Hartz IV reform error

Government admits to Hartz IV reform error

The Labour Ministry admitted on Wednesday it made a numerical error in its draft law on the controversial €5 rise in long-term unemployment benefits, fuelling opposition claims that the new rate has been calculated in a slipshod manner.

BMW extends chairman Reithofer’s contract to 2016

BMW extends chairman Reithofer’s contract to 2016

The German luxury car maker BMW said Wednesday it had extended the contract of chairman Norbert Reithofer until 2016.

Rare grape harvest cancelled in Hamburg after thieves strip vines

Rare grape harvest cancelled in Hamburg after thieves strip vines

The wine harvest at one of Germany’s most northerly vineyards has been cancelled this year after thieves stole most of the grapes off the vine from the hill above the left bank of Hamburg’s harbour in the St. Pauli district, the city said on Wednesday.

Rape victim, 12, secretly filmed attack

Rape victim, 12, secretly filmed attack

A 12-year-old girl who was raped repeatedly by her ageing stepfather filmed an attack as evidence using a secret video camera in her room, a North Rhine-Westphalia court heard this week.

Porsche sets sales record thanks to China

Porsche sets sales record thanks to China

Strong demand from China pushed sales by German luxury sports car maker Porsche up 17.9 percent to a new record in its 2009/2010 fiscal year, the company said on Wednesday.

Evacuations begin amid record flooding in Brandenburg

Evacuations begin amid record flooding in Brandenburg

Emergency services in Brandenburg are preparing to evacuate the towns of Elsterwerda and Bad Liebenwerda amid flooding caused by record high water levels on the Elster River, officials said Wednesday.

Video game simulates East German border terror

Video game simulates East German border terror

A controversial new video game set for release on the 20th anniversary of German reunification this week lets players take on the roles of trigger-happy East German border guards or political fugitives running for their lives.

Germany puts Versailles behind it with final reparation payment

Germany puts Versailles behind it with final reparation payment

Ninety-two years after the end of the First World War, Germany will finally put the spectre of the Treaty of Versailles behind it this Sunday with its last payment stemming from reparations.

SPD accuses coalition of fiddling with Hartz IV reform numbers

SPD accuses coalition of fiddling with Hartz IV reform numbers

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) vowed on Wednesday to fight Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government coalition plan to reform the Hartz IV welfare system, saying they believe payment calculations are incorrect and possibly even manipulated.

New energy plan means higher rents, Merkel says

New energy plan means higher rents, Merkel says

Housing rents could increase significantly in the coming years when landlords will be allowed to pass on the costs of new climate-friendly insulation to tenants, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Wednesday.

Al-Qaida plot to attack Germany discovered

Al-Qaida plot to attack Germany discovered

Western intelligence agencies have uncovered an al-Qaida plot to launch attacks in Germany France, and Britain by Pakistan-based extremists, security sources and media reports said Wednesday.