New VW CEO tells staff: Changes won't be painless

2015-10-06 13:43

New Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller warned staff that changes at the company would not be 'painless' as the automaker deals with the biggest crisis in its 78-year history.

Germany plays down report of 1.5 million refugees

2015-10-05 18:00

Germany's Interior Ministry has expressed doubts about a newspaper report saying up to 1.5 million asylum seekers are expected to arrive in the country this year.

German city to seize empty commercial space to house refugees

2015-10-02 20:11

The northern German city of Hamburg has passed a law allowing it to requisition empty commercial properties to house asylum seekers, authorities say.

VW crisis: 700 000 SEAT cars affected too

2015-09-30 11:14

700 000 vehicles from Volkswagen's Spanish unit, SEAT, are among the 11-million models involved in the automaker's emissions scandal.

World's tallest: I'm a normal person, only a bit taller.

2015-09-29 20:00

Sultan Kosen, at 2.51m the world's tallest man, says he's put his days of embarrassment behind him. "I'm a normal person, only a bit taller," he says.

German navy rescues migrants

2015-09-29 15:59

A German navy ship is sailing off the coast of Libya rescuing migrants in distress and looking for people smugglers.

Germany's warm welcome to refugees has limits, president says

2015-09-28 19:59

German President Joachim Gauck has welcomed newly arrived refugees, but has also questioned the country's capacity to keep its doors open in the long-term.

German woman planned 31 year disappearance

2015-09-25 14:46

A 55-year-old German woman, who emerged alive and well 31 years after her mysterious disappearance, had planned her vanishing act in minute detail, police say.

Apes at Berlin Zoo get snacks from their own vending machines

2015-09-25 13:47

Five pellet vending machines installed in cages at the Berlin Zoo dispense treats for hungry monkeys looking for a snack, the zoo's veterinarian Andre Schuele says.

VW to start firings over emissions scandal

2015-09-24 14:49

Volkswagen will start firing people responsible for rigging US emissions tests and shake up management on Friday.


Schumi's son to follow racing dad's tracks

2015-10-06 11:11

The Schumacher name looks set to continue in motorsport as Mick Jnr, son of injured F1 legend Michael, finished his debut Formula 4 season.

Merkel: VW scandal has not hurt German reputation

2015-10-04 10:08

The emissions scandal around German car maker Volkswagen has not been so great that Germany is no longer deemed a good place to do business, says Angela Merkel.

Matthew Lester: Thomas Piketty’s Inequality 101 (Wealth taxes) – no easy solution

2015-10-02 16:46

One would think that inequality in SA has reduced since 1994, but according to Matthew Lester, it’s not going to go away anytime soon.

Emissions scandal: Affected VWs to be recalled

2015-09-30 09:07

Crisis-hit Volkswagen revealed a plan to refit millions of vehicles affected by a worldwide emission-cheating scam, says the new chief.

Germany beefs up asylum rules

2015-09-29 18:00

Germany has toughened rules for asylum seekers from the Balkans as Europe struggles to cope with a record surge in migrants.

VW's German hometown 'freezes' budget

2015-09-29 15:07

Volkswagen's home town of Wolfsburg, Germany has imposed an immediate freeze on spending and hiring in case its finances are hit by the massive pollution test scam.

UN Security Council must be reformed - Merkel

2015-09-26 22:30

It is high time the United Nations Security Council is reformed to reflect the real distribution of power across the world in the 21st century, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

Germany lobbied for car-pollution loopholes - report

2015-09-25 13:58

Diplomats from Germany, home to Volkswagen, lobbied behind the scenes to maintain European pollution tests that are widely considered ineffective, reports AFP.

VW turns to Porsche boss to steer it out of crisis

2015-09-25 11:58

Porsche boss Matthias Mueller could replace Martin Winterkorn as VW Group chief.

Doubts over EU refugee redistribution deal

2015-09-22 16:09

EU interior ministers could fail to reach agreement on plans to redistribute 120 000 asylum seekers who have arrived in the bloc, Germany's Thomas de Maiziere says.

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