Lufthansa to invest heavily in Munich hub

Lufthansa to invest heavily in Munich hub

German airline Lufthansa and Munich Airport said Wednesday they will invest heavily to raise capacity at the carrier's hub in southern Germany by more than 40 percent from 2015.

France’s Veolia wins Bavarian train routes

France’s Veolia wins Bavarian train routes

The French engineering group Veolia said Wednesday that it had won a contract to operate three passenger train lines in Bavaria worth more than one billion euros over 12 years.

Westerwelle and the FDP: Unloved yet irreplaceable

Westerwelle and the FDP: Unloved yet irreplaceable

It's understandable that some of the Free Democratic Party's (FDP) rank-and-file want to replace their beleaguered leader Guido Westerwelle. But a putsch ahead of next year's state elections would only be counterproductive. An analysis by ZEIT ONLINE’s Michael Schlieben.

Bandits beat and rob Catholic priest

Bandits beat and rob Catholic priest

Three masked bandits dragged a 47-year-old Catholic priest from his bed and beat him severely on Tuesday night during an armed robbery in the state of Hesse, police have announced.

Self-operated tanning salons set to be banned

Self-operated tanning salons set to be banned

“Self-service” tanning salons are set to be banned in Germany amid fears of rising skin cancer rates, media reported Wednesday.

Belarus warned of ‘isolation’ for crackdown

Belarus warned of ‘isolation’ for crackdown

Germany said Wednesday it had summoned Minsk's ambassador to express its concerns over a brutal crackdown of post-election protests, as Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle warned that Belarus faced "isolation."

Guttenberg demands Ronald Reagan memorial in Berlin

Guttenberg demands Ronald Reagan memorial in Berlin

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Wednesday called on Berlin to honour Ronald Reagan by naming a square or a street after the late US president.

Heckler & Koch probed over Mexico arms sales

Heckler & Koch probed over Mexico arms sales

Police have searched the premises of renowned German gun maker Heckler & Koch on suspicion that the firm was breaking a ban on weapons sales to parts of Mexico that are plagued by bloody drug gang warfare.

Transport freeze begins to thaw

Transport freeze begins to thaw

As the clock ticks down to Christmas, the winter transport chaos that has gripped Germany began to settle down Wednesday with airlines gradually resuming normal schedules and Deutsche Bahn deploying extra trains.

Nurse investigated for child abuse

Nurse investigated for child abuse

A male nurse is under investigation for sexually abusing at least three young boys in the intensive care ward of a Berlin hospital and filming the attacks, prosecutors announced late Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank settles tax fraud case with €420m payment

Deutsche Bank settles tax fraud case with €420m payment

Deutsche Bank has struck a deal with US prosecutors to pay $553.6 million and admit criminal wrongdoing to settle a long-running probe into tax shelters that allowed customers to dodge billions of dollars in US taxes.

‘White Christmas’ likely across much of Germany

‘White Christmas’ likely across much of Germany

Despite erratic weather that will bring rain and temperatures as warm as 10 degrees Celsius in southern Germany this week, much of the nation can expect a “White Christmas,” the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.