Unemployment falls below key 3-million mark

Unemployment falls below key 3-million mark

The number of unemployed has dropped below the key three million level in Germany, Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday, helped by a mix of government measures and reforms.

Anti-Islam praise from Wilders provokes Merkel

Anti-Islam praise from Wilders provokes Merkel

The Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders on Wednesday angered German Chancellor Angela Merkel by provocatively praising her recent attack on multiculturalism.

Base-jumper critically injured in luxury hotel fall

Base-jumper critically injured in luxury hotel fall

A thrill-seeking man was in a critical condition Wednesday after trying to ''base-jump'' from the 118 metre-high roof of the half-finished Waldorf-Astoria hotel building in Berlin.

Zugspitze kicks off German ski season

Zugspitze kicks off German ski season

Germany’s ski season will begin a bit early, as ample snowfall allows operators to open the slopes on country’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, this weekend.

Merkel defends Franco-German deficit plan

Merkel defends Franco-German deficit plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday rode to the defence of a controversial Franco-German plan to toughen Europe's fiscal rules, saying the EU faced political gridlock without Paris and Berlin.

VW profits race ahead

VW profits race ahead

Volkswagen, the biggest European automaker, said on Wednesday that its third-quarter net profit leapt more than 10-fold to €2.2 billion ($3.0 billion) on strong demand and strict cost controls.

Architect seeks to rebuild historic core of Königsberg

Architect seeks to rebuild historic core of Königsberg

An architect in the Russian enclave Kaliningrad is trying to rally support for plans to restore the historic centre of what was once the East Prussian city of Königsberg to its pre-war splendour.

EON takes big charge for devalued EU assets

EON takes big charge for devalued EU assets

The biggest German power company, EON, said on Wednesday it would book charges worth €2.6 billion ($3.6 billion) for devalued assets in France, Italy and Spain.

SAP disappoints despite profit increase

SAP disappoints despite profit increase

SAP, the professional software giant, posted on Wednesday a third quarter net profit of €501 million ($690 million), a gain of 12 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Germany becomes tax haven for the Swiss

Germany becomes tax haven for the Swiss

Switzerland's banks have long been popular among German tax dodgers, but it turns out that an increasing number of Swiss citizens are hiding their money at southern German financial institutions, according to a media report on Wednesday.

Deutsche Bank books loss from Postbank buy

Deutsche Bank books loss from Postbank buy

Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank, posted Wednesday a sharp third-quarter loss linked to its purchase of Postbank, although underlying results were not quite as bad.