Deutsche Börse in merger talks with NYSE

Deutsche Börse in merger talks with NYSE

Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext said on Wednesday they are in "advanced discussions" to merge and create the world's largest stock exchange operator by revenues and profits.

Ex-Wikileaks spokesman blasts Assange

Ex-Wikileaks spokesman blasts Assange

The former spokesman of Wikileaks, German programmer Daniel Domscheit-Berg, has written a tell-all book about the inner workings of the secretive online whistleblower organisation and its controversial leader Julian Assange.

Lone wolf attacks 15 sheep overnight

Lone wolf attacks 15 sheep overnight

Authorities urged farmers in the northern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to secure their fences on Tuesday after determining that a lone wolf likely killed and severely injured a total of 15 sheep in a single field overnight.

Merkel’s coalition closes poll gap with opposition

Merkel’s coalition closes poll gap with opposition

Trailing heavily in opinion polls a few months ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling centre-right coalition has clawed back support just one percentage point behind Germany’s left-wing opposition parties.

Weber reportedly out of running for ECB job

Weber reportedly out of running for ECB job

Germany's central bank chief Axel Weber is out of the running to be the next head of the European Central Bank as he is leaving to join Deutsche Bank, according to media reports on Wednesday.

Mubarak rejects medical trip to Germany

Mubarak rejects medical trip to Germany

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has said he will not come to Germany for a medical check-up. US officials had allegedly put forward such plans as a way to get the leader out of Egypt and several German politicians had signed on to the idea.

Aachen jailbreak convicts imprisoned for life

Aachen jailbreak convicts imprisoned for life

The two men who escaped from an Aachen prison in 2009 sparking a desperate police manhunt have been sentenced to long prison terms. They will likely spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

Exports grow at record pace in 2010

Exports grow at record pace in 2010

Germany's trade surplus grew by 11.2 percent in 2010 as exports leapt by a record 18.5 percent, but Europe's biggest economy also bought more from neighbours as it bounced back from a historic recession, data showed Wednesday.

Germany desperate to break Italian curse

Germany desperate to break Italian curse

Captain Philipp Lahm insists Germany must beat Italy in Wednesday night's friendly to break the Italian curse on his team and end 16-years of defeat at the hands of the Azzurri.

The Local’s best bets for the Berlinale

The Local’s best bets for the Berlinale

With almost 400 films and countless other events accompanying this year’s Berlinale, choosing what to see can be a daunting task. Fortunately, The Local has sifted out a sampling of the festival’s most interesting offerings.

Khodorkovsky film premiering in Berlin shadowed by controversy

Khodorkovsky film premiering in Berlin shadowed by controversy

The dramatic theft of material from a critical new documentary on jailed Russian former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has touched off a storm of suspicion days before its world premiere in Berlin.

Stasi law change could lead to more probes

Stasi law change could lead to more probes

An amendment to the law relating to East German secret police files on Wednesday will likely lead to more investigations into the pasts of people working in the public sector, a spokesman for the file archive said.

The Local’s guide to the Berlinale

The Local’s guide to the Berlinale

The 61st annual Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 10-20 and boasts almost 400 films. Don’t get lost in the frenzy – check out The Local’s tips, event picks, and ongoing coverage to make the most of this year's Berlinale.

Navigating the Berlinale with The Local

Navigating the Berlinale with The Local

The Berlinale, while offering a bounty of great films, can be logistically challenging. But fear not, The Local has a few tips on keeping any funny business from blocking your escape into show business.

New round of Hartz IV reform talks fails

New round of Hartz IV reform talks fails

The German government and the opposition have failed once again to reach a deal on reforms to Hartz IV welfare benefits, negotiators announced early Wednesday. At issue is the amount paid to the long-term unemployed.