From roofers to bakers, the entrepreneurial class that helped the country rebuild after the war eases the impact of the recession.
Merkel, in visit to headquarters of GM's Opel unit, says that direct aid is unlikely.
She received two pastries when she asked the bakery for only one.
The Red Army's Christian Klar was sentenced to five life terms. Last week, after 26 years in jail – and no apologies from Klar – he was set free.
Leopold Engleitner endured the Holocaust. His long life since has inspired others.
Readers write about the pen pals they found through the Monitor's old Mail Bag column.
Even without plunging auto and gasoline sales, October's rate was still -0.5 percent – a gloomy sign for holiday shopping.