BMW launches electric and hybrid brand

BMW launches electric and hybrid brand

The German luxury carmaker BMW unveiled on Monday its long-awaited new brand, BMW i, with two new models to be equipped with electric and hybrid drive systems from 2013.

William and Kate snub German nobles on wedding invitations

William and Kate snub German nobles on wedding invitations

Though many are closely connected to the British throne, most of Germany’s aristocratic houses have not been invited to the upcoming royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Big high-tech firms return to CeBIT

Big high-tech firms return to CeBIT

CeBIT, the world’s largest technology trade fair, is welcoming back several big-name tech firms following a few rough, crisis-hit years.

Business confidence hits new record high

Business confidence hits new record high

German business confidence hit its third straight record high in February, the Ifo economic institute said Monday, signaling solid momentum for a sustained recovery.

German media roundup: Hamburg’s bellwether vote

German media roundup: Hamburg’s bellwether vote

Is the Social Democrats’ crushing election victory in Hamburg a state-level anomaly or will there be national implications? Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Monday attempt to divine the impact on Chancellor Merkel’s government.

Website finds huge parts of Guttenberg’s thesis plagiarized

Website finds huge parts of Guttenberg’s thesis plagiarized

Embattled German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg plagiarized huge chunks of his legal thesis, according to a new internet site.

Snow and ice blitz southern traffic

Snow and ice blitz southern traffic

Snow and ice caused numerous accidents in southern and western Germany on Monday. One man was killed and several drivers injured, as the weather shut down many roads for hours.

Google Maps ignites Dutch border dispute

Google Maps ignites Dutch border dispute

Google Maps has reignited long-running border tensions between a northern German city and the Netherlands after reportedly handing over Emden's port to the Dutch by mistake.

Youths attack homeless man in Berlin metro station

Youths attack homeless man in Berlin metro station

A gang of youths have attacked another person in a Berlin metro station, just a week after a similar incident in the city left a man in a coma, police said Monday.

Train drivers to strike nationwide Tuesday

Train drivers to strike nationwide Tuesday

Germans face commuting chaos on Tuesday morning, with train drivers set to go on strike nationwide to put pressure on railway operators in a wage dispute.

Breakthrough forged in Hartz IV welfare talks

Breakthrough forged in Hartz IV welfare talks

After some eight weeks of difficult talks between the German government and the opposition, both sides reached a deal on reforms to Hartz IV welfare benefits early on Monday morning.