Kramp-Karrenbauer elected Saarland premier

Kramp-Karrenbauer elected Saarland premier

The small industrial state of Saarland has a new premier after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) was elected on Wednesday to lead the unwieldy coalition government.

Swiss banks pay €1.9bn to German taxman

Swiss banks pay €1.9bn to German taxman

Swiss banks will pay nearly €2 billion to German tax authorities under a deal reached Wednesday between Bern and Berlin to end a long-standing tax evasion and banking secrecy dispute.

Commerzbank profit hit by Greek holdings

Commerzbank profit hit by Greek holdings

Germany's second biggest bank, Commerzbank, warned Wednesday that its prospects this year and next depend on the eurozone debt crisis, which savaged its earnings and has rocked markets.

Germany also at risk of riots, police union warns

Germany also at risk of riots, police union warns

A police union has warned that riots of the kind that have gripped Britain for the past four nights could happen in Germany. Senior politicians, however, have denied Germany is at risk of such unrest.

Germany frees Thai prince’s plane

Germany frees Thai prince’s plane

Germany has released a plane belonging to Thailand's crown prince which was seized at Munich airport as surety for an outstanding Thai government debt, a court official said Wednesday.

Neo-nazis bamboozled by tricky T-shirts

Neo-nazis bamboozled by tricky T-shirts

Germans who brought T-shirts bearing a skull and right-wing flags back from a recent rock festival will soon find that the print has given way to a message urging them to mend their ways.

EON confirms up to 11,000 jobs will go

EON confirms up to 11,000 jobs will go

Germany's biggest energy group, EON, confirmed on Wednesday it would cut up to 11,000 jobs as it reported its first ever quarterly loss.

Tarantula startles Berlin train station staff

Tarantula startles Berlin train station staff

Workers at Berlin’s Ostbahnhof train station got a fright on Tuesday afternoon when a tarantula hopped out of a backpack that had been taken to the lost and found office.

‘I don’t think people expected the Wall would last 30 years’

‘I don’t think people expected the Wall would last 30 years’

As Germany prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, Erin Huggins spoke with Russell Swenson, who witnessed the birth of the Iron Curtain while stationed in the city with the US Army in 1961.

FDP calls for benefits cuts for older jobseekers

FDP calls for benefits cuts for older jobseekers

In the face of a booming jobs market, unemployment benefits for older workers who lose their jobs should be curtailed to stave off “forced early retirement,” the pro-business Free Democrats have said.