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Germany to ban steep rent hikes

2014-10-01 13:25

Germany's cabinet has agreed to cap ballooning property rents in high-demand urban neighbourhoods in a law set to come into force early next year.

SPIED: High-performance Opel Corsa OPC

2014-09-30 09:29

Spy photographers, ahead of the Opel Corsa's 2014 Paris auto show debut, spotted the performance variant undergoing testing – the OPC. See it in action...!

Kimetto breaks marathon record

2014-09-28 13:22

Kenya's Dennis Kimetto has smashed the marathon world record in Berlin after a scintillating pace from the start.

German consumer confidence slumps

2014-09-26 12:15

German consumer confidence is set to fall for the second consecutive month in October, as households put purchases on hold amid concerns about global tensions.

VW's 140kW Polo GTI headed for SA

2014-09-25 09:32

VW SA will boost its face-lifted Polo range, launched locally earlier in 2014, with the insertion of a 1.8-litre, 140kW, Audi turbo engine into the Polo GTI.

Merkel wants end to Russia, Ukraine gas dispute

2014-09-23 17:30

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a rapid end to the long-running gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine.

Back in business: Judge lifts Uber ban

2014-09-17 08:29

A Frankfurt judge has granted a reprieve to Uber, the online taxi service, setting aside a temporary injunction issued earlier in September against the company from operating its car-sharing service in Germany.

IS 'member' on trial in Germany

2014-09-15 12:41

A 20-year-old German man has gone on trial in Frankfurt on charges for being a member of the extremist Islamic State group, the first such case to come to court in Germany.

New Russia sanctions to be implemented: Merkel

2014-09-10 16:30

The European Union should go ahead with the announcement of new economic sanctions against Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged.

VIDEO UPDATE: Mercedes-AMG unveils its GT

2014-09-10 10:52

Do you want racetrack performance in an everyday car? Well Mercedes has unveiled its its solution in the form of its 911 fighter, the GT. Here's everything you need to know plus our awesome gallery and video!

Blast rocks chemical waste plant in Germany

2014-09-10 09:16

An explosion has rocked a chemical waste facility near Bremen in northwestern Germany, injuring several people, police say.

IMF's Lagarde urges Germany to spend more

2014-09-08 12:30

IMF head Christine Lagarde has urged Germany to increase investments to help spur the eurozone's flagging economic recovery.

Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism in Germany

2014-09-06 14:06

Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would do everything she could to fight anti-Semitism in Germany, amid reports of attacks and a spike in anti-Israel sentiment since the Gaza conflict.

German rail union calls nationwide strike

2014-09-05 18:45

The German rail workers' union GDL says train drivers would hold another token strike nationwide to back their demands for higher wages and a shorter work week.

Fruit must keep Russian food embargo at bay

2014-09-02 16:00

Europeans should eat more fruit and vegetables to remedy the impact of Russian restrictions on food imports from the West, says Germany's agriculture minister.

Uber vows to appeal court injunction

2014-09-02 11:43

US-designed smartphone application Uber, that connects passengers with cars for hire, has been blocked from operation in Germany by a court injunction.

German rail union calls three-hour strike

2014-09-01 10:00

The german rail workers' union has called a three-hour strike to put pressure on state-controlled rail operator Deutsche Bahn in a pay dispute.

Poland's Tusk, Italy's Mogherini get EU top jobs

2014-08-31 07:32

European leaders have named Polish Premier Donald Tusk the next EU president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head its diplomatic service as the bloc faces a series of challenges.

Germanwings pilots strike

2014-08-29 17:00

Pilots at Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings have staged a six-hour strike disrupting travel plans of thousands of people returning from summer holidays.

Formula E to have hybrid Beemer pace car

2014-08-28 08:10

BMW's i8 hybrid sports car will be the safety/pace car for the first Formula E race in Beijing on September 13 2014. SA will have to wait later in 2014 for the i8.

German consumer confidence falls

2014-08-27 15:31

Global tensions have resulted in economic expectations in Germany plunging at their fastest pace for more than three decades in August.

Ebola WHO employee will be flown to Hamburg

2014-08-27 11:16

An employee of the World Health Organisation who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to the German city of Hamburg for treatment, a spokesperson for the city says.

 

SPIED AT 'RING: Next Chevrolet Camaro

2014-09-30 10:55

Chevrolet is gearing to spruce-up its fifth-generation Camaro. Though it won’t look too different from the outgoing model, the most significant changes will be made under the metal.

Adidas fights to draw top talent

2014-09-29 10:30

Adidas needs world-class designers, brand experts and technical whizzkids to improve its image against US rival Nike.

EU warns Germany as car coolant row heats up

2014-09-25 23:04

The EU has warned Germany it risks court action for breaching environment rules unless it forces luxury automaker Daimler to use a new air-conditioning coolant.

Germany wants investment clause scrapped

2014-09-25 18:45

Germany will not sign a trade pact between Canada and the European Union unless an investment protection clause is removed, says Germany's economy minister.

Reporter held in Somalia free after 2 years

2014-09-23 22:30

A German-American journalist and writer, Michael Scott Moore, who was abducted in Somalia two and a half years ago, is free, the German foreign ministry says.

Egypt recovers fragments of Cheops pyramid

2014-09-18 08:11

Egypt has recovered fragments from the pyramid of Cheops said to have been stolen by Germans, including part of a stone tablet identifying the pharaoh.

Merc spruces up new SA-bound B-Class

2014-09-15 14:26

Mercedes-Benz has spruced its second-generation B-Class with a major facelift including exterior and interior tweaks. It arrives in South Africa in 2015. Check out the new B-Class in our gallery!

Badstuber faces more surgery

2014-09-15 05:00

Bayern Munich's defender Holger Badstuber faces another lengthy period on the sidelines because he needs an operation.

Iran: West must drop 'illogical' nuclear demands

2014-09-11 17:42

Iran says world powers should abandon their “illogical demands” over its nuclear programme, ahead of talks to try to bridge wide differences in positions and end the decade-old dispute.

Super-frugal S500 Hybrid: 2.8 litres/100

2014-09-10 13:06

Mercedes-Benz says their new S500 hybrid has the performance of an eight-cylinder - but the fuel frugality of a four-cylinder.

Audi ups the voltage

2014-09-10 10:41

Audi is upping the ante with 48V electrical systems which will be incorporated into future production models to make them cleaner and more efficient.

No new debt for Germany in 2015

2014-09-09 14:45

Germany will not take on new debt next year for the first time since 1969, underlining the robustness of the country's finances.

Strike brings German trains to a halt

2014-09-06 15:59

A strike by train drivers in Germany demanding a pay increase has disrupted around a thousand long-distance, regional and commuter trains, operator Deutsche Bahn says.

Lufthansa on strike - 200 flights cancelled

2014-09-05 19:51

Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike for six hours forcing the cancellation of more than 200 scheduled flights and disrupting travel for 25 000 passengers.

German industry orders raise hope on crisis

2014-09-04 16:10

German industrial orders have risen at their strongest rate in over a year, raising hopes that Europe's biggest economy may weather the crisis in Ukraine.

Uber told it's banned from the 'bahn

2014-09-02 14:15

Uber, the smartphone-operated car service which recently opened in South Africa, has now been uber-banned in Germany - even from the autobahn - on penalty of a R3.5m fine.

WRC: Hyundai to run 3 cars in France, Spain

2014-09-02 09:36

Hyundai has announced a three-car approach for the French and Spanish rounds of the 2014 World Rally championship.

Bavarian bakers threaten pretzel shortage during Oktoberfest

2014-08-31 22:22

Bakers in Bavaria are threatening to go on strike during Germany's famed Oktoberfest over a pay dispute, depriving beer festival-goers of their traditional salty pretzel accompaniment.

German pay rises at fastest rate in over a year

2014-08-29 17:45

The pay of about 19 million German workers covered by collective wage agreements has risen at the fastest rate in more than a year in the second quarter.

Lufthansa pilots to strike again

2014-08-28 16:45

Lufthansa says talks with pilots over an early retirement scheme have ended without an agreement, leading to a strike that will affect thousands of travellers.

Cities mock bus-lane permit for Porsches

2014-08-28 08:10

German cities are opposed to government plans to allow all-electric and hybrid cars to use bus lanes in urban areas. And seem to have a darn good reason for doing so...

Uber eyes aggressive expansion despite bans

2014-08-27 12:05

Car service Uber is planning an aggressive expansion in Germany despite a backlash from cities like Berlin and Hamburg, which have questioned its right to operate in highly-regulated markets dominated by traditional taxis.

Metering device helps shame heavy shower users

2014-08-26 08:00

A polar-bear figure that seems to melt when a bathroom user has spent too much time in the shower could help cut consumption of water and energy, researchers at Bamberg University argue.

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