BASF looks to invest billions in Asia

BASF looks to invest billions in Asia

The world's biggest chemical firm, BASF, will invest more than €2 billion ($2.6 billion) in Asia by 2014, with more than half the sum earmarked for China, a senior executive said on Monday.

Being born a poster child for the Third Reich

Being born a poster child for the Third Reich

How is it discovering you’re the product of a Nazi breeding scheme, Heinrich Himmler’s godson and the bastard child of a war criminal? Exberliner’s Titus Chalk has one man’s story.

Merkel’s leadership derided by US diplomats

Merkel’s leadership derided by US diplomats

Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks to German news magazine Der Spiegel over the weekend include embarrassingly frank US assessments of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is described as a weak leader.

Cream and sugar with your jet fuel? Plane water tanks mistakenly filled

Cream and sugar with your jet fuel? Plane water tanks mistakenly filled

Three planes belonging to the airline Germanwings reportedly took off this weekend with jet fuel in their drinking water tanks, which nearly made it into passengers' coffee cups.

Schäuble says markets acting irrationally towards eurozone

Schäuble says markets acting irrationally towards eurozone

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Monday called market speculation over the eurozone's financial woes irrational, as he hailed a rescue deal that he said would put Ireland back on track.

German Media Roundup: A timid Merkel and inept Westerwelle?

German Media Roundup: A timid Merkel and inept Westerwelle?

As Washington scrambled on Monday to explain leaked diplomatic communiqués disparaging leaders in Berlin, newspapers in The Local’s media roundup tried to assess the damage to German-American relations.

Schools failing to integrate special needs students, study finds

Schools failing to integrate special needs students, study finds

Germany has been slow to develop schools including children with special needs despite signing an international accord to create a more inclusive educational system, a new study revealed Monday.

Hamburg vote set for February after coalition collapses

Hamburg vote set for February after coalition collapses

Following the collapse of Germany’s first state-level conservative-Green coalition in Hamburg, city officials announced Monday that an election will be held on February 20, 2011.

German Jews elect first post-Holocaust generation leader

German Jews elect first post-Holocaust generation leader

Germany's Jewish community, which is thriving thanks to immigration from the former Soviet Union, has elected its first post-war leader who is not a survivor of the Holocaust.

Snowstorm snarls road and air traffic

Snowstorm snarls road and air traffic

Snow and ice in Germany caused hundreds of accidents, lengthy traffic jams and dozens of flight delays on Monday, as meteorologists forecast frigid temperatures and a possible storm surge along the coast.