Train drivers back strike

Train drivers back strike

Train passengers in Germany were told on Monday to prepare for indefinite strikes by train drivers’ union GDL after its members voted overwhelmingly in favour of walking off the job in an ongoing wage dispute.

Van Gaal to leave Bayern Munich at end of season

Van Gaal to leave Bayern Munich at end of season

Bayern Munich said Monday that coach Louis van Gaal is to leave at the end of the season, one year early, after three defeats in a row and qualification for the Champions League on a knife-edge.

Hesse promises action after airport attack

Hesse promises action after airport attack

Hessian Interior Minister Boris Rhein on Monday reacted to the deadly shooting of two American servicemen at the Frankfurt Airport last week, announcing better security for the US military and increased surveillance of terrorist suspects.

Merkel prepared to run for third term

Merkel prepared to run for third term

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is poised to run for a third term at the helm of Europe's top economy in 2013, one of her close party allies said Monday.

Bank owes up to €320k for lost savings account

Bank owes up to €320k for lost savings account

A German man has received an unexpected financial windfall after finding a 52-year-old savings account booklet set aside for him by his late father, a media report said Monday. A Frankfurt court ruled the bank must pay out the sum – now worth an estimated €320,000 with interest.

Berlin state library displays treasures for 350th anniversary

Berlin state library displays treasures for 350th anniversary

In celebration of its 350-year anniversary, Berlin's state library has sent some of its most prized pieces – including a Gutenberg Bible from 1456 – to the German Historical Museum (DHM) for a three-month exhibition.

Popular children’s cartoon turns 40

Popular children’s cartoon turns 40

Acclaimed German children’s television programme Die Sendung mit der Maus, or “The Show with the Mouse,” turned 40 on Monday. The secret to its success? The show takes children seriously, its creators say.

Railway blunder leaves 2-year-old alone on train

Railway blunder leaves 2-year-old alone on train

Normally under fire for not being punctual, Germany's national rail provider Deutsche Bahn has been slammed for separating a mother from her two-year-old daughter when a train left the station too quickly this weekend. The two-year-old ended up travelling alone on a train through Brandenburg.

Millions expected at Rosenmontag parades in Rhineland

Millions expected at Rosenmontag parades in Rhineland

The Rhineland’s Rosenmontag parades kicked off on Monday, marking the pinnacle of the region’s Karneval celebrations with boozy processions featuring off-colour floats lampooning the year’s big news events.

NYSE trading platform favoured over Deutsche Börse’s Xetra system

NYSE trading platform favoured over Deutsche Börse’s Xetra system

The financial market formed by operators Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext will probably use the latter's stock trading platform, the head of the German operator said on Monday in a newspaper report.

Green energy surcharges too high, report says

Green energy surcharges too high, report says

German households are likely to pay some €1.3 billion too much for their electricity in 2011 thanks to inflated green energy surcharges, a media report said Monday.