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Germany makes Mesut Ozil the scapegoat for World Cup exit

And yet after almost two weeks of reflection, the German soccer federation (DFB) appears to have decided midfielder Mesut Ozil is the main culprit for the team's shock early World Cup exit.

Carmakers face electric reality as combustion engine outlook dims

China added momentum to a push for zero-emissions motoring, Daimler, Volkswagen gave details about their electric programs that could give policymakers some pause.

Samaras vows Greece will repay aid: Interview

Greece's PM vowed in a German newspaper to repay the aid it has received to help keep the debt-stricken country afloat and to deliver on its commitments.

Weber hints at the bigger EU rescue package

European Central Bank council member Axel Weber said governments can increase the size of the European Union-led bailout fund if necessary to restore confidence in the euro.

Al Qaeda plans attack on German parliament: Report

Islamist terrorists have been planning to attack Berlin's Reichstag building, the home of the German parliament, Spiegel reported Saturday.

Google chief on German charm offensive

The head of Google Eric Schmidt said on Thursday he understood why Germans were uneasy about the company's Street View service for historical reasons, as he began a charm offensive aimed at assuaging their concerns.

Weaknesses of eurozone economies the real problem of euro

The real problem with the euro is the weaknesses of the eurozone economies, the political will to implement required policies and increasing doubts about the integrity of the ECB.

Rage against GM over 10,000 planned job cuts at Opel

GM wants to slash costs by 30 percent at Opel, which would mean the elimination of about 10,000 jobs from a workforce of around 50,000, GM vice president John Smith told a telephone news conference.

Fiat's global ambitions move into high gear

Fiat's drive to create a global car giant moved up a gear on Wednesday when a judge green-lighted the rapid sale of Chrysler as the Italian group denied plans to cut 18,000 jobs in any Opel takeover.

Opel to shrink operations, mulling a 30-hour work week: Report

German car maker Opel, a division of US giant General Motors, will reduce its production next year and is mulling a 30-hour work week, directors told a newspaper.

German finance minister rules out auto industry aid

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck ruled out a financial rescue package for the auto sector on Monday ahead of a top-level crisis meeting over the situation at Opel.

Merkel calls for slower nuclear phase-out in Germany

Merkel issued a contentious call to slow Germany's planned phase-out of nuclear energy.