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German consumer confidence falls

19 minutes ago

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.

French govt dissolved amid feud, stagnant economy

2014-08-25 14:43

French President Francois Hollande has dissolved the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country's stagnant economy.

Neuville, Hyundai scoop first WRC win

2014-08-25 08:35

Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala's crashes in the 2014 Rally of Germany paved the way for Hyundai's Thierry Neuville to win his first WRC event .

Ukraine: Won't sacrifice sovereignty for peace

2014-08-23 18:46

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that Kiev will not sacrifice its sovereignty for peace, following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German vice chancellor urges 'federal' Ukraine

2014-08-23 12:00

Germany's vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, says establishing a federal Ukraine will be the only viable solution to the crisis pitting Kiev against pro-Russian separatists.

Cardiologists accused of jumping queue

2014-08-22 21:38

German cardiologists may face attempted manslaughter charges if it is proved they jumped queues to get transplant hearts for their patients.

German man evicted for squeaky swing set sex prop

2014-08-22 14:05

A German court says a landlady is within her rights to evict a man for persistently using a squeaky swing set in his apartment late at night as a sex prop.

BMW's Family Tourer: New MPV to seat 7

2014-08-22 08:15

BMW isn’t done with front-wheel drive family-orientated models just yet as spy images reveal a new variant of its 2 Series Active Tourer. Check out the seven-seat 2 Series Family Tourer!

Snoozing passengers make drivers drowsy?

2014-08-21 07:45

Car passengers should try their best to stay awake during long car journeys or risk making the driver feel drowsy too, a German professor warns.

WWII bomb shuts down German autobahn

2014-08-20 14:09

The controlled detonation of an unexploded WWII British bomb has shut down a section of the German autobahn, according to a report.

Samsung extends Olympics deal

2014-08-17 20:15

South Korea's Samsung has extended its top sponsorship contract as an Olympics worldwide partner to 2020, says the IOC.

Whistleblower acquitted after 7yrs in psychiatric ward

2014-08-14 16:19

A German man who blew the whistle on an illegal banking scheme in 2003 has been acquitted amid suspicion that his involuntary seven-year stint in a psychiatric institution may have come as a result of unjust persecution.

Germany open to sending military aid to Iraq govt

2014-08-13 10:15

Germany's foreign minister has raised the possibility of sending military assistance to the Iraqi government, following a dramatic push by Islamic State militants.

SPIED: Next BMW M2

2014-08-13 08:54

BMW’s highly-anticipated M2 coupe has been spotted undergoing testing on public roads. Check out spy images of the new M2!

German companies start to feel Russia pain

2014-08-08 10:49

Companies in Germany, Russia's biggest trade partner in the European Union, are starting to feel the pain of a deepening standoff between the West and Moscow.

Deutsche Telekom says profits up in Q2

2014-08-07 11:45

German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom's earnings have risen sharply in the second quarter, driven by the strong performance of its US subsidiary.

'Free man' Bernie goes back to work on F1

2014-08-06 07:37

'I have been wasting two days a week,' said Bernie Ecclestone who is heading back to work after agreeing a R1-billion deal to end his bribery trial in Munich.

Merc boss Zetsche rules on 'team orders'

2014-08-05 11:35

'The skill of the drivers and a little bit of luck will in the end decide who has the edge,' said Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche who insists there will be no team orders at Mercedes.

Whoops! BMW M5 'taxi' crashes at the 'Ring

2014-08-04 10:13

The BMW M5 'ring taxi' has been involved in yet another crash at the Nurburgring in Germany. Is this perhaps a drift attempt gone wrong?

Bernie to avoid jail after R1-billion deal

2014-08-04 08:34

It seems as if Bernie Ecclestone won't be facing jail after all, nor does he need a replacement to take over as chief executive officer of Formula 1.

Sanctions will hurt, but needed - Germany

2014-08-03 20:36

Tough economic sanctions against Russia will hurt Germany's economy but they are necessary for the sake of peace in Europe, says Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.

Berlin's 'death strip' lures wealthy buyers

2014-08-01 10:00

When luxury living The Garden opens only a metal strip retracing the Berlin Wall will remind its inhabitants that 25 years ago this was on no man's land.

Bees provide solution to Airbus' pollution problem

2014-07-31 13:20

Beehives are placed near an airport runway in Hamburg to measure pollution levels on behalf of aircraft manufacturing giant Airbus.

Facebook dare ends in tragedy

2014-07-30 20:19

A man was killed and five others injured when a mechanical digger tipped over and hit them during a dare that has been spreading on Facebook.

 

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.

Next KTM for SA: Super Adventure for '15

2014-08-25 12:28

KTM, winner of the 2014 SA Bike of the Year title, will boost its Adventure bike range as it confirms the new 1290 Super Adventure will arrive locally in 2015.

German kidnapped by IS released in Syria

2014-08-24 14:18

A 27-year-old German kidnapped in Syria by militants from the Islamic State around a year ago has been released, according to the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

Merkel presses Russia on peace with Ukraine

2014-08-23 16:08

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on her first visit to Ukraine since the crisis there erupted early this year, has pressed Moscow to engage on a peace plan with Kiev.

German cop in dock over cannibal killing

2014-08-23 05:00

A German police officer has gone on trial accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists so he could make a grisly pornographic home video.

Europe launches 2 satellites

2014-08-22 21:35

The European Space Agency has launched two satellites for its Galileo navigation system, hoping for greater precision.

New Nurburgring boss misses pay date

2014-08-22 09:05

The Nurburgring circuit sale has hit a fork in the road. Will the sale still go ahead as the new owner misses the pay date?

Foley's killing 'first IS attack on US'

2014-08-20 15:52

The murder of US journalist James Foley by the so-called Islamic State is the extremist group's "first terrorist attack against the United States", a former head of the CIA has warned.

Fiat's extreme 500X spotted

2014-08-18 12:15

Fiat is gearing up to launch a rugged, crossover variant of its popular 500. Check out spy images of the new 500X!

Stop sending arms to Ukraine, Merkel urges Putin

2014-08-16 11:35

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "stop the flow of military equipment, military advisers and armed personnel crossing the border with Ukraine".

Germany's economy down, Europe hopeful

2014-08-14 13:00

The German economy has suffered a surprise contraction in the second quarter, its first in more than a year, raising new doubts about Europe's recovery.

Electric cars fail to rev up car-mad Germans

2014-08-13 09:45

Germany is ranked the most fuel-efficient country on the planet, but when it comes to electric vehicles, Europe's top economy is in the slow lane.

Rwanda patient tests negative for Ebola

2014-08-12 16:04

Rwanda says that a German man put in isolation with fever had tested negative for the deadly tropical disease Ebola.

Munich Re reinsurer profits up

2014-08-07 13:30

German reinsurance giant Munich Re says its profits have been up strongly in the second quarter and the company is on track to meet its full-year targets.

Commerzbank profits up in second quarter

2014-08-07 10:45

Commerzbank, Germany's second-biggest bank, says its net profit has more than doubled in the second quarter.

Antelope in blood spattered crates euthanised

2014-08-05 21:02

An illegal shipment of antelope headed to the Johannesburg Zoo and a private individual have been euthanised after being found dehydrated and their crates spattered with blood.

World leaders mark start of WWI

2014-08-04 20:21

World leaders have commemorated the 100th anniversary of the start WWI by warning of lessons to be learned in the face of today's many crises, including Ukraine.

Merc: 'Schumi still our ambassador'

2014-08-04 09:20

Mercedes is not looking to terminate its contract with brand ambassador Michael Schumacher despite the Formula 1 veteran continuing to recover in a Swiss rehabilitation hospital.

German media report Israel spied on Kerry

2014-08-04 07:28

German magazine Der Spiegel has reported that Israel and at least one other intelligence agency were listening in on Secretary of State John Kerry's unsecured phone calls last year.

Teen floods club toilet in hunt for lost phone

2014-07-31 19:45

A German teen who lost his mobile phone in a pond tried to get it back by draining the water and pumping it into a nearby toilet, causing major damage, a report has said.

Toyota to debut WRC-tuned 86

2014-07-31 07:21

Toyota’s GT86 CS-R3 rally car will make its debut at the 2014 German Rally, Round 9 of the 2014 WRC season driven by Isolde Holderied, a twice women’s World Rally champion!

Landy's RR Sport SVR claims N'ring title

2014-07-30 13:14

Land Rover has put its new Range Rover Sport through its paces in the ultimate test... the 'Green Hell' in Germany.

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