ICE train makes first Chunnel test trip

ICE train makes first Chunnel test trip

A German high-speed train entered the Channel tunnel between France and England for the first time Wednesday on a test run aimed at breaking French-built trains' monopoly on the route.

Porsche posts loss, but sees profit in 2011

Porsche posts loss, but sees profit in 2011

German luxury sports car maker Porsche said Wednesday that it expected to turn a profit next year after posting a loss in the 2009-2010 exercise owing to its failed bid to buy Volkswagen.

BMW increases investment in US plant

BMW increases investment in US plant

German luxury car maker BMW said Wednesday it would hire 600 more workers by the end of the year for its US plant in South Carolina, bringing the total staff to 7,600 workers as it ramps up US output.

‘Festival of Lights’ begins in Berlin

‘Festival of Lights’ begins in Berlin

More than 60 of Berlin’s landmarks will be lit up on Wednesday night to kick off Berlin’s sixth annual “Festival of Lights.” The colourful event electrifies the city from October 13-24 and features one-off events alongside the illuminations.

Long-haul Deutsche Bahn fares won’t rise in 2011

Long-haul Deutsche Bahn fares won’t rise in 2011

For the first time in eight years, German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn has decided not to increase long-distance fares for the coming year, the company said on Wednesday. But regional travellers will have to dig a little deeper to pay their fares in 2011.

Scientists predict golden future for ‘self-driving’ cars

Scientists predict golden future for ‘self-driving’ cars

Scientists in Germany unveiled the latest self-driven car on Wednesday amid predictions the days of humans behind the wheel are numbered as technology helps reduce accidents and help the environment.

DAX index soars to pre-crisis heights

DAX index soars to pre-crisis heights

Germany's DAX index of blue-chip stocks hit 6,405.30 points early on Wednesday, a level last seen two years ago before the collapse of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers.

German media roundup: Stepping onto the world stage

German media roundup: Stepping onto the world stage

Germany may have successfully claimed a seat on the UN Security Council, but newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Wednesday have few illusions about Berlin’s importance on the world stage.

Lone Star aiming to sell subprime victim IKB

Lone Star aiming to sell subprime victim IKB

US investment fund Lone Star has begun the process of selling the German bank IKB, the country's first financial crisis victim, which Lone Star bought in 2008, an executive said Wednesday in an interview.

Xenophobia takes root in German mainstream

Xenophobia takes root in German mainstream

The acrid immigration debate sparked this summer by former Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin has apparently had an effect on the German public. A poll released on Wednesday showed that one-tenth want a “Führer,” while one-quarter admitted to strong xenophobic attitudes – up from one-fifth in 2008.

Poll shows Merkel’s coalition at all-time low

Poll shows Merkel’s coalition at all-time low

Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition plumbed an extraordinary new low in a poll published Wednesday, with just a third of voters supporting Germany's centre-right government.

Speak German on school grounds, FDP urges

Speak German on school grounds, FDP urges

Schools should consider compelling students to speak German not just in classes but also in the playground, the head of the pro-business Free Democrats has said.

WWII weapons found under playground

WWII weapons found under playground

World War II weapons including grenade-launchers, rifles and ammunition have been found buried less than two metres below a children’s playground in a day-care centre in Bremen, media reported Wednesday.

Die Mannschaft streaks ahead in Euro 2012 qualifiers

Die Mannschaft streaks ahead in Euro 2012 qualifiers

Goal-machine Germany has kept its perfect Euro 2012 qualifiers record with another convincing win, beating Kazakhstan 3-0 on Tuesday night to extend its lead in Group A.