Ministers at odds over jobs quota for women

Ministers at odds over jobs quota for women

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Family Minister Kristina Schröder were at loggerheads Monday on whether to enforce a quota for women in top jobs in German firms.

Facebook launches ‘deals’ marketing tool

Facebook launches ‘deals’ marketing tool

Social networking site Facebook announced Monday it was launching its “deals” service, on which members can look up special offers on anything from a cup of coffee to a football scarf on their smart phones.

Merkel in Israel for two-day visit

Merkel in Israel for two-day visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday at the start of a two-day visit that will include a joint German-Israeli cabinet meeting.

Metal and electrical industries expect 50,000 new jobs in 2011

Metal and electrical industries expect 50,000 new jobs in 2011

Some 50,000 new jobs are expected to open up in Germany’s metal and electrical industries this year, the Gesamtmetall industrial employers’ association said in Berlin on Monday.

Experts puzzled by Bavaria’s suicide rate

Experts puzzled by Bavaria’s suicide rate

Prosperous Bavaria has the highest suicide rate of any German state, a fact that is confounding experts, a Monday media report said.

Police catch pair of 12-year-old girls driving in pyjamas

Police catch pair of 12-year-old girls driving in pyjamas

A pair of 12-year-old girls have been caught out for a late-night joyride in their pyjamas, police in northern Germany reported Monday.

Gorch Fock sets sail for home

Gorch Fock sets sail for home

The German naval training ship at the centre of a scandal involving the death of a cadet, an alleged mutiny and accusations of sexual harassment was sailing back home on Monday, the navy said.

Merkel steps up pressure on Egypt’s Mubarak

Merkel steps up pressure on Egypt’s Mubarak

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to refrain from violence in dealing with the protests in his country during a phone conversation Sunday, her office said.

Robben defiant after attack on Müller

Robben defiant after attack on Müller

Bayern FC winger Arjen Robben was defiant on Sunday about his physical attack on teammate Thomas Müller during the team’s 3:1 win over Bremen.

Freight train driver investigated over crash

Freight train driver investigated over crash

Prosecutors have placed under investigation the 41-year-old driver of the freight train that collided with a passenger train Saturday night, killing 10 people, on the suspicion he drove through a stop signal.