Train drivers to strike Thursday commute

Train drivers to strike Thursday commute

Germany faced an ugly commute on Thursday morning, with the nation's train drivers walking off the job in a labour dispute.

Lufthansa soared back to profit in 2010

Lufthansa soared back to profit in 2010

Leading German airline, Lufthansa, reported on Wednesday a net profit of €1.1 billion ($1.5 billion) in 2010, as it bounced back from a net loss of €34 million in 2009.

The rime of the ancient minister

The rime of the ancient minister

Can Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s new defence minister, break the curse hanging over his job? Roger Boyes, correspondent for British daily The Times, takes aim at a ministerial albatross.

FDP’s Lindner compares Bavaria’s CSU with Islam

FDP’s Lindner compares Bavaria’s CSU with Islam

Bavaria’s conservative Christian Social Democrats are no strangers to anti-Islam sentiment, but a recent remark by Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich has inspired political rival to suggest that his party needed to integrate as well.

Woman makes dramatic flight from Tunisia

Woman makes dramatic flight from Tunisia

Coast guard officials in Italy were surprised on Monday to find a blonde-haired woman arriving on a boat with refugees from Tunisia. The German had risked a life-threatening trip with her daughter to escape her violent ex-husband.

German media roundup: Berlin’s botched biofuel summit

German media roundup: Berlin’s botched biofuel summit

Tuesday’s “petrol summit” over the botched introduction of E10 biofuel has gotten a shellacking from all sides. Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Wednesday dose out a healthy portion of criticism for government and industry.

Magath leaving Schalke

Magath leaving Schalke

FC Schalke 04 coach Felix Magath will reportedly leave the club at the end of the season at the latest. The news comes just hours before the troubled football club takes on Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Ageing immigrants spark new nursing care niche

Ageing immigrants spark new nursing care niche

Many foreigners who came to Germany in the 1950s as “guest workers” have retired and now require special care. The situation has sparked a new niche market for retirement homes programmes that cater to the particular needs of ageing immigrants.

Daimler and Rolls-Royce unveil new joint venture

Daimler and Rolls-Royce unveil new joint venture

German automaker Daimler and Britain's Rolls-Royce announced Wednesday plans to take over Tognum, a German manufacturer of motors and turbines they want to make into a world leader.

Nazi papers welcome biathlon guests

Nazi papers welcome biathlon guests

Guests attending the opening of the 2011 World Biathlon Championships in Siberia got a surprise when they found Nazi propaganda among the hors d'oeuvres at the reception.

Turkish model refused visa for beauty contest

Turkish model refused visa for beauty contest

A Turkish contestant in model competition due to be held in Germany next week has reportedly been denied a visa, sparking claims of discrimination.

German support for Libya no-fly zone grows

German support for Libya no-fly zone grows

In the wake of stepped-up air strikes in Libya, more German politicians are expressing support for a no-fly zone over the North African country.