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ISIS most brutal threat ever to region, says Merkel

2014-11-26 15:34

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria are one of the greatest ever threats to the region.

Air pollution costs EU up to €189bn

2014-11-25 22:08

Air pollution, chiefly from coal-fired power plants, cost society up to €189bn in 2012 - equal to the gross domestic product of Finland

Hitler painting fetches €130 000

2014-11-23 13:55

A watercolour painted of the city hall in Munich by Adolf Hitler has been auctioned off for €130 000 to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. View the painting.

Germany to drop probe into US spying on Merkel

2014-11-22 18:00

Germany is dropping a probe into the alleged tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by US spies, due to a lack of evidence, a report says.

Germany commits almost R1bn to SA

2014-11-21 20:08

Germany has committed to provide nearly R1bn to South Africa for various joint projects, the German embassy says.

German ex-soldier charged with US cocaine conspiracy

2014-11-21 14:57

A German former soldier extradited from Estonia has appeared in court in New York, charged with conspiracy to import and distribute cocaine on board an aircraft, prosecutors say.

Germany to leave door ajar for fracking

2014-11-20 11:12

Germany's government plans to stop short of an outright ban on the controversial technique of fracking for gas, bowing to pressure from industry.

Burger King cancels 89 German franchises

2014-11-19 15:57

Burger King says it has cancelled the franchises at 89 of its 700 German restaurants after negative publicity about low pay for the staff.

Germany reiterates ban on fracking

2014-11-17 17:05

Germany is not planning to lift a ban on fracking, following a report that it was considering lowering the hurdles for shale gas extraction to allow test drilling.

Germany faces period of protracted stagnation

2014-11-17 14:09

Germany's economy is unlikely to regain momentum this year after it barely grew in the three months ended September.

Merkel heads for a pub in Brisbane

2014-11-15 10:17

While most of the world leaders arriving in Australia for the G20 summit went straight to their luxury hotels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel opted to head to one of Brisbane's most popular pub strips.

Football hooligans to protest Salafist demo

2014-11-13 18:53

A group of self-styled football hooligans has won court permission to hold a demonstration at the weekend against the Salafist movement in Germany.

Real road-trip: Cape-Munich in Percy the Beemer

2014-11-13 14:59

A trio of car enthusiasts paid tribute to automaker by delivering a 24-year-old BMW 318i, nicknamed 'Percy', more than 16 000km from Cape Town to Munich, the spiritual home of BMW.

German police arrest suspected ISIS supporters

2014-11-12 13:08

German police have arrested several men suspected of supporting militant groups, including ISIS, and raided numerous properties in a large operation against alleged radicals.

Merkel aide rules out working with Assad

2014-11-11 16:52

Syrian President Bashar Assad is to blame for the civil war engulfing his country and the West should not talk to him just because ISIS is “even worse”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's foreign policy adviser says.

German rail strike costs more than €100m

2014-11-09 16:30

A strike by Germany's train drivers will cost German rail operator Deutsche Bahn more than €100m, its chief executive tells a German newspaper.

DNA study dates Eurasian split

2014-11-07 16:00

A German DNA study, during which new techniques were used, suggests Eurasian and East Asian populations split about 36 200 - 45 000 years ago.

German train drivers to face legal action

2014-11-06 14:11

German state-owned railway operator Deutsche Bahn will take legal action against a train drivers' union staging a four-day strike.

German ISIS rapper seen in beheading video

2014-11-05 11:12

The German rapper Denis Cuspert, also known as Deso Dogg, has been identified in an ISIS video purportedly showing a beheading that was released by an activist group.

Eurozone is fragile, warns Merkel

2014-11-04 18:20

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the eurozone is extremely fragile, making clear that Europe's biggest economy will not borrow more to invest.

Opel's next city car: Say 'hi!' to Karl

2014-11-03 10:40

Opel is paying homage to one of the sons of its founder, Adam Opel, with a new entry-level city car – the Karl. High marks for our spy images of the new Karl!

Tolls roll out for German 'bahn drivers

2014-10-31 09:28

A controversial plan to toll Germany's 13 000km of autobahn has emerged. Within the car-loving country, the issue of charging drivers has often been debated passionately.

German 'Autobahn sniper' sentenced to 10 ½ years

2014-10-30 15:47

A court in Germany has sentenced a trucker to 10 ½ years in prison for shooting at fellow drivers more than 700 times over a five-year period.

Merkel calls for aid to Syrian refugees

2014-10-28 13:44

The German government is hosting an international conference in Berlin, where donor nations and envoys from Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey are to confer on how to help Syrian refugees.

Gear shift needed to meet climate pact deadline

2014-10-27 08:13

Nations will have to roll up their sleeves and make important compromises to meet the deadline, just 14 months off, for a global pact on curbing climate change, observers say.

 

Now there's a CLA shooting brake

2014-11-26 09:54

Mercedes-Benz has designed another niche product - how many can there be? This time it's a hot Shooting Brake version of the sporty CLA. Very tempting...

Germany's business confidence boosts stocks

2014-11-24 16:05

Encouraging German data has helped to lift eurozone stock markets, while London dipped as a profit-warning by Petrofac sent the group's shares plunging.

German couple found murdered

2014-11-23 12:00

An elderly German couple has been found murdered on a beach near their home in the southern Caribbean island of Tobago, according to police.

Bikes for Ebola

2014-11-22 08:26

Germany has sent 400 motorcycles to the areas of west Africa worst hit by the Ebola epidemic to speed up testing for the virus.

Germany wants investor assurance from SA

2014-11-21 18:31

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says his country needs a "clear message" that South Africa can provide an "investment-friendly environment".

Germany to leave door ajar for fracking

2014-11-20 22:28

Germany's government plans to stop short of an outrage ban on the controversial technique of fracking for gas, bowing to pressure from industry.

German rail strike may re-ignite

2014-11-19 16:15

A railways strike that sullied Germany's reputation for cool efficiency may re-ignite, with a second union warning it will halt trains if its demands are not met.

Aldi sees egg shortages over bird flu

2014-11-18 15:55

German discount chain Aldi South expects shortages due to a ban on shipments of all poultry products from the Netherlands due to an outbreak of bird flu.

Germany reiterates ban on fracking

2014-11-17 16:27

Germany has no plans to lift a ban on fracking, following a report in news magazine Der Spiegel that it was considering lowering the hurdles for shale gas extraction.

German minister rejects Russia sanctions

2014-11-17 10:51

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel says he does not believe tighter sanctions against Russia will help resolve the Ukraine crisis.

France, Germany outpace EU indexes on relief

2014-11-14 12:30

French and German stocks have outperformed European bourses after data showed Germany has narrowly avoided recession and France has grown more than expected.

German court jails 4 over al-Qaeda bomb plot

2014-11-13 15:24

A German court has jailed four men for up to nine years for plotting to detonate home-made bombs in a crowd on the orders of jihadist militant network al-Qaeda.

Bundesbank chief warns about state bond buys

2014-11-13 09:15

The ECB would encourage eurozone states to pile up debt if it were to buy state bonds, warns the president of Germany's central bank.

Final countdown nears for 1st comet landing

2014-11-11 20:30

The final countdown is approaching for one of the most audacious space adventures ever - the European Space Agency's attempt to land a robot on a comet.

Thousands of balloons celebrate Berlin Wall fall

2014-11-09 22:05

Thousands of illuminated balloons have sailed into the sky at the Berlin Wall, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said its fall proved that "dreams can come true".

Germany marks 25 years since fall of Berlin Wall

2014-11-09 14:22

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has led celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, calling it an example of the human yearning for freedom.

German court rejects rail operator's case

2014-11-07 12:55

A German court has dismissed an attempt by rail operator Deutsche Bahn to stop a nationwide strike through an injunction by the GDL train drivers' union.

Eurozone business growth remains weak

2014-11-05 11:35

Eurozone business growth has picked up less than expected in October despite much deeper price cutting, according to business surveys.

Germany gears up for strike chaos

2014-11-04 18:50

German train drivers are set to mount a four-day strike, setting the stage for rail chaos across Europe's biggest economy.

More rail strikes loom in Germany

2014-11-04 08:49

Negotiations between German rail operator Deutsche Bahn and the train drivers' union have collapsed in acrimony, raising the threat of further strikes.

Part of gate at Dachau concentration camp stolen

2014-11-02 18:48

German police say part of a wrought-iron gate at the former Dachau concentration camp bearing the Nazis' cynical slogan "Work sets you free" has been stolen.

German unemployment drops

2014-10-30 16:00

Germany's tally of unemployed has fallen by 22 000 in October, showing that fears of recession in the eurozone have not translated into a fall-off in hiring yet.

German business confidence slumps

2014-10-27 15:42

Business confidence inside Germany has slumped again this month, as storm clouds gather over the eurozone.

Stagnating eurozone seeks German shift

2014-10-24 15:15

France and Italy have sought to bridge stark differences with Germany over how to avert economic stagnation and deflation.

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