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Crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name': report
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Crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name': report

The Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his Airbus in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, told his ex-girlfriend that "one day everyone will know my name", according to German newspaper Bild. READ  

Spectator killed in Nürburgring crash
A section of the Nürburgring's north circuit

Spectator killed in Nürburgring crash

A man has been killed and several others injured in an accident at Germany's Nürburgring racetrack. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germany to hold April service for crash victims
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Germany to hold April service for crash victims

Germany will hold a national memorial ceremony and service on April 17 for victims of the Germanwings flight that crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, regional authorities said on Saturday. READ  

Scientists aiming to redefine the kilogram
The world's roundest sphere. Photo: DPA

Scientists aiming to redefine the kilogram

The German Nation Metrology Institute (PTB) in Braunschweig has set itself the enormous task of finding a new formula for measuring a kilogram. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Germanwings co-pilot 'hid illness' on crash day
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Germanwings co-pilot 'hid illness' on crash day

Germanwings said on Friday that it had no knowledge of a doctor-signed sick note found by investigators at flight 4U9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's flat. READ  

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Germanwings co-pilot 'obsessed' with Alps
A memorial in the town of Vernet, near the scene of the crash. Photo: AFP

Germanwings co-pilot 'obsessed' with Alps

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who is believed to have deliberately killed 150 people when he flew a passenger plane into the Alps, was "obsessed" with the French mountain region, one of his peers said on Friday. READ  

Varoufakis quells rumours of resignation
Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: DPA

Varoufakis quells rumours of resignation

Update: After German tabloid Bild reported that Germany's least-favourite Greek minister Yanis Varoufakis was considering resigning, the minister rejected the story on Twitter. READ  

Germany to expand disability rights
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Germany to expand disability rights

A representative of the German Labour Ministry went before a UN Committee on Friday to discuss the government's plan for improved rights for disabled people. READ  

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Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral
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Germanwings captain's compassion goes viral

A Facebook post describing how a Germanwings pilot personally reassured his passengers of their safety on a flight on Wednesday has received over quarter of a million likes. READ  

Bundestag passes 'foreigner toll' for roads
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Bundestag passes 'foreigner toll' for roads

The Bundestag (German parliament) passed a hugely controversial law on Friday which will charge foreigners for the use of German roads. READ  

Features
German teen launches global feminist trend
Photo: Elonë Kastrati

German teen launches global feminist trend

In time for International Equal Pay Day, The Local spoke with Elonë Kastrati, whose project of posting period pads with feminist messages in public places went viral this month on social media. Kastrati discussed the gender pay gap in Germany, sexism and how she has faced cyber bullying for '#PadsAgainstSexism'. READ  

This week in history
Bismarck is Germany's first Chancellor
Otto von Bismarck at his desk in 1886. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Bismarck is Germany's first Chancellor

After forging German nationhood through the Franco-Prussian war in 1871, Otto von Bismarck took office on March 21 as the first German Chancellor - a post he would hold on to for nearly 20 years. READ  

In pictures: Berlin goes green for Paddy's Day
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In pictures: Berlin goes green for Paddy's Day

Thousands of Berliners from around the world dressed in their Irish best to march in the fifth annual St. Patrick's Day parade. READ  

This week in history
Schwarz-Rot-Gold: A nation's history in colour
German flag. Photo: DPA

Schwarz-Rot-Gold: A nation's history in colour

On March 9th 1848, the Federal Convention in Frankfurt made black, red and gold the German national colours. Like their French predecessors of 1789, the Germans now had a tricolour to symbolise nation and revolution. READ  

Challenging the German beer palate
Beer sommelier Sylvia Kopp. Photo: Florian Bolk

Challenging the German beer palate

Germany is a land of great beer, but due to strict legal definitions of what beer technically is, it has until recently been a land devoid of ales, stouts and porters. Sabine Devins introduces the woman on a mission to get Germans to drink more – and better – beer. READ  

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Germany urgently needs immigrants: study
Spanish immigrants in Germany. Photo: DPA

Germany urgently needs immigrants: study

A study by the Bertelsmann Institute found on Friday that Germany will need around half a million new immigrants every year until 2050 to maintain its work force. READ  

Bundesbank tough, public soft on Greece
Jens Weidmann, head of the Bundesbank. Photo: DPA

Bundesbank tough, public soft on Greece

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann said on Friday that he is opposed to giving Greece further financial help because he believes the new government has frittered away too much trust, but a new poll showed that support for a "Grexit" had shrunk below 50 percent. READ  

Town flocks to mourn lost schoolchildren
A black ribbon on a sign in Haltern, North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: DPA

Town flocks to mourn lost schoolchildren

President Joachim Gauck arrived in Haltern on Friday to join families and schoolchildren mourning the loss of their classmates and teachers in the Germanwings flight 4U9525 crash. READ  

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Co-pilot had 'serious' depressive episode
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Co-pilot had 'serious' depressive episode

Update: Police said they had no "smoking gun" after a search of Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz's home, after tabloid Bild reported on Friday that Lubitz received treatment for a “serious depressive episode” during a break in his training six years ago. READ  

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Airlines agree two-person cockpit rule
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Airlines agree two-person cockpit rule

The Federation of the German Air Travel Industry (BDL) confirmed on Friday afternoon that from now on two people must be in the cockpit at all times, in a bid to avoid a repeat of the Germanwings disaster. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
Police search co-pilot's home in Germany
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Police search co-pilot's home in Germany

UPDATED: The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings plane refused to open the cockpit door and seemed to "want to destroy the plane", a French prosecutor has said. DPA reported police are investigating his home. READ  

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Can 'nightmare' of pilot suicide be prevented?
Can any security system prevent a pilot from committing murder-suicide? Photo: AFP

Can 'nightmare' of pilot suicide be prevented?

The discovery that the co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings flight is suspected of deliberately crashing the plane will inevitably raise questions about security on airplanes, but is it really possible to prevent a pilot from committing mass murder-suicide? READ  

Alps Plane Crash
What we know about the Germanwings co-pilot
Andreas Lubitz, who is suspected of crashing the Germanwings plane into the French Alps. Photo: Twitter

What we know about the Germanwings co-pilot

Here's what we know about the Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who French prosecutors suspect deliberately crashed the plane into the French Alps, killing all 150 on board. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
What happened to pilots in Germanwings crash?
A helicopter flies at the scene of the crash site in the French Alps. Photo: AFP

What happened to pilots in Germanwings crash?

After it emerged that a pilot was locked out of the cockpit as Germanwings flight 4U9525 crashed and killed 150 on board, speculation has swirled as to what exactly happened in the moments before the disaster. READ  

Interior ministry bans Salafist group
Thomas de Maizière. Photo: DPA

Interior ministry bans Salafist group

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière ordered the dissolving of salafist organisation Tauhid Germany on Thursday, saying that the group radicalized youth and encouraged them to travel to Syria to fight for Isis. READ  

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Mysterious snow art baffles ski patrol
Photo: Sonnenkopf webcam

Mysterious snow art baffles ski patrol

Skiers got more than they bargained for early Friday morning on the slopes of Sonnenkopf ski-field in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, when they were confronted with giant graffiti in the snow. READ  

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

Six steps to getting along better with the Swiss

If you value the same things the Swiss do, you have a better chance of building positive relationships with them, says Zurich-based communications trainer Shane Norton. But what if you don’t? Norton’s advice is to learn to — and if that fails, at least show some willingness to appreciate them. Here are his top tips on how to do that. READ  

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

Denmark issues 11,000 invalid passports

If you or your family members have been issued a Danish passport since February, it may include a vital mistake that makes it invalid for international travel. READ  

Alps plane crash
No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'
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No-show passenger: 'It's a second chance at life'

Claudia Vásquez was meant to be on board doomed Germanwings flight 4U9525 but a twist of fate meant that she is alive today. READ  

Alps Plane Crash
As it happened: Plane crashes in French Alps
Emergency services are on the scene. Photo: AFP

As it happened: Plane crashes in French Alps

AS IT HAPPENED: An airbus A320 carrying 150 people has crashed in the southern French Alps. French President François Hollande has said there are no survivors from the crash. READ  

Swedish model 'raped and kidnapped' by Italian
A 42-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly kidnapping, raping and beating a Swedish model. Italian police photo: Shutterstock

Swedish model 'raped and kidnapped' by Italian

UPDATED: A 22-year-old Swedish model has been hospitalized after allegedly being kidnapped, raped and beaten over a six month period by an Italian man in a town near Milan. READ  

Police find torture clips on refugee phones
An image from an Islamic State propaganda video released in March.

Police find torture clips on refugee phones

Norwegian Police have found video clips of torture, mutilation, and executions saved on the mobile phones of those seeking asylum in Norway, the Police Immigration Service has told the country’s Dagsavisen newspaper. READ  

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast
An SU-27 fighter jet. Photo: TT

Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast

UPDATED: Swedish military identified and followed four Russian fighter plane near Gotland and Bornholm, off the country's east coast on Tuesday morning. READ  

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