Latest Rhineland-Palatinate Stories

2009-02-03 10:23:00

FRANKFURT, Germany, February 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With retroactive effect to January 1, 2009, the State of Rhineland-Palatinate is taking over all of Fraport AG's shares in Flughafen Frankfurt Hahn GmbH (FFHG). With 65 percent, Fraport was the majority shareholder in Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in the Hunsrück region until the end of last year; the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse each held 17.5 percent of the shares. Both...

2008-08-02 11:25:30

For the first time an international researcher team has developed a model, which identifies potential habitats and corridors for the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris). Using Rheinland-Pfalz as an example, it was demonstrated that almost half of this German federal state could be suitable for wildcats, enabling a maximum population of 1600 females. The model can also be adapted for other regions and could therefore prove to be of significant value in protecting this highly...

2006-04-10 05:45:03

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, said on Monday he was stepping down on the advice of doctors only months after taking office. Matthias Platzeck, 52, was admitted to hospital last month after suffering from a sudden hearing problem. "In the past days I had to come to the toughest decision in my life, which was to follow my doctors' urgent advice to step down from my position...

2006-03-26 11:11:11

BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives and Social Democrats looked to have held on to power in three state elections on Sunday, preserving a regional balance crucial for the stability of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition in Berlin. Television exit polls showed Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) won the most votes in the wealthy southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and poorer eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt. The Social Democrats (SPD) were ahead in...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.