Germany sticking with loathed E10 biofuel

Germany sticking with loathed E10 biofuel

The German government said after crisis talks Tuesday it was sticking with a newly introduced petrol with a 10-percent biofuel content despite major problems since its introduction last month.

Police swoop on ‘Ndrangheta mafia

Police swoop on ‘Ndrangheta mafia

Police in Germany and Italy arrested 35 alleged mafia members on Tuesday in what is being called a major blow to the notorious 'Ndrangheta syndicate.

Bundesbank sees 2.5 percent growth in 2011

Bundesbank sees 2.5 percent growth in 2011

The German central bank said Tuesday that growth should be around 2.5 percent this year as domestic demand picks up alongside exports, the traditional driver of Europe's largest economy.

Bundestag blackout – MPs without WCs

Bundestag blackout – MPs without WCs

German parliamentarians in Berlin sent their employees home on Tuesday after an electricity failure at the Bundestag and surrounding government buildings rendered even many toilets inoperable.

Audi net profit nearly doubled in 2010

Audi net profit nearly doubled in 2010

German carmaker Audi posted Tuesday a 2010 net profit that was almost double the previous year's and gave an upbeat outlook for 2011.

Karneval parades claim two lives

Karneval parades claim two lives

Two people have died this week during Karneval parades and several others were seriously injured. Both of the deaths resulted from head injuries sustained after falls.

Pope to hold mass at Berlin’s Charlottenburg Palace

Pope to hold mass at Berlin’s Charlottenburg Palace

Pope Benedict XIV will likely hold an outdoor mass on the grounds of Berlin’s Charlottenburg Palace during a visit in September, newspaper Bild reported on Tuesday. Also under consideration initially were the Olympic Stadium and Gendarmenmarkt.

Facebook becoming popular sacrifice for Lent

Facebook becoming popular sacrifice for Lent

In addition to guilty pleasures such as chocolate, alcohol and cigarettes, some German Christians are also planning on giving up social networking site Facebook during the traditional fasting period of Lent.

Germany wins global popularity contest

Germany wins global popularity contest

Germany is the most popular country in the world, according to a poll that asked people to rate the positive and negative influence of 16 major nations.

Teachers strike in eastern states

Teachers strike in eastern states

Thousands of teachers in eastern Germany are staying away from their classrooms on Tuesday as limited strikes in the public sector continue.

Summit to tackle E10 biofuel debacle held

Summit to tackle E10 biofuel debacle held

A drive to provide an alternative motor fuel has hit obstacles in environmentally conscious Germany, and a summit is planned on Tuesday to determine why drivers are bypassing the new E10 petrol.

Government to meet with DAX firms over women execs

Government to meet with DAX firms over women execs

The federal government is planning a meeting with human resources directors from Germany's 30 DAX companies to tackle the issue of an absence of women in top management jobs, according to a newspaper report.