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Moving city is no excuse to quit the gym: court
Breaking out of a gym contract in Germany takes more than upper body strength. Photo: DPA

Nomadic fitness fanatics across Germany suffered a blow on Wednesday, after the country's top court ruled that moving to a different city is no grounds for breaking a contract with your gym.

Germany's six most beloved shopping streets
The Krügerpassage on Westenhellweg, Dortmund. Photo: Wikipedia

Where do Germans most love to spend their cash? The results of a new survey show the hottest shopping miles in the Bundesrepublik - and Berlin barely features.

‘Innovative’ Germans finally discover Victorian drying rack
The humble drying rack. Screenshot: Youtube

No one beats the Germans when it comes to invention and innovation - or so the cliché goes. But a Munich startup’s new project shows they’re not always first to the party.

Brexit
Brexit would leave expats in 'ghastly' legal limbo for years
Photo: Paul Lloyd/FLickr

The rights of two million Britons living in the EU would be thrown into doubt for years after Brexit, a new report will conclude.

Towns hire 'rubbish scouts' to keep summer BBQs tidy
Photo: DPA

Towns and cities across Germany are tooling up for the summer, with many hiring extra staff to pounce on people sullying parks with barbecue rubbish.

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Tourist terror as iconic Berlin balloon thrashed by winds
The Die Welt balloon swaying in the wind. Photo: DPA

Sightseers in the German capital feared for their lives on Tuesday afternoon when the "Die Welt" balloon swayed out of control in strong winds.

Erdogan poem affair
Merkel ‘filleted me and served me to Erdogan for tea’
Jan Böhmermann. Photo: DPA

The German comedian behind a “smear poem” which outraged Turkey and unleashed hot-tempered debate on freedom of speech across Europe has spoken for the first time since the affair - and he had sharp words for the Chancellor.

'Sharia police' members to face trial in Düsseldorf
Sven Lau. Photo: DPA

The 'Sharia police', a group that patrolled a western German town chastising people for not adhering to Islamic law, are to go on trial.

Germany set to legalise medicinal cannabis
Photo: DPA

Germany is to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes early next year, the health minister said on Tuesday.

Germany's first Isis war crimes trial starts in Frankfurt
Photo: DPA

A German jihadist suspect went on trial Tuesday for war crimes in Syria after allegedly posing for photographs holding the severed heads of two victims of the conflict.

Features
Autobahn wurst war leads to drivers being fed over a fence
Sausage served through the fence. Photo: DPA

It's Germany’s oldest roadside service stop, but a bizarre fight with authorities means one roadside food stand now serves customers their sausages over a metal fence.

German women battle for 'no means no' in rape law
A woman carries a sign reading "no means no" at a demonstration in 2011. File photo: DPA

Germany has long lagged behind other advanced nations when it comes to laws on rape. As parliament discusses a new law, women are using increased public attention to the problem to demand real change.

The Germans who long for the life of an English gent
German men's fashion guru Bernhard Roetzel. Photo: h.f. ullmann publishing/Erill Fritz

For Germans chasing the ultimate in style, one man holds the key to dressing in the timeless manner of the English gentleman.

Panama Papers
'More headlines to come': Panama papers reporters
Bastian Obermayer (left) and Frederik Obermaier (r), the journalists behind the Panama Papers leaks. Photo: Stephanie Füssenich/Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch/DPA

Meet the German journalists who helped bring the biggest leak in history to light - and who are promising more huge stories in the days ahead.

John Lydon interview
'I love the way Germans eat, drink and enjoy themselves'
John Lydon pictured in 2012. Photo: Paul Heartfield

Punk legend John Lydon – Johnny Rotten in a former life – is touring Germany again with a new album. The Local asks what he's bringing here and why he keeps coming back.

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Pegida leader found guilty of inciting hatred
Lutz Bachmann. Photo: DPA

Lutz Bachmann, the head of the anti-Islamic group Pegida, was found guilty by a Dresden court on Tuesday of inciting hatred.

Police: 'house of horrors' pair tortured, killed 2 women
Investigators search the crime scene. Photo: DPA

A German couple lured women to their village home with personal contact ads, then trapped, tortured and killed at least two of them, authorities said Tuesday.

Police catch 3-year-old joyriding in mother’s car
"You looking at me?" Photo: PublicDomainPictures

When police in western Germany stopped a car which was swerving across the road on Monday, they couldn't believe their eyes at the sight of the driver.

20 years of remembering the Holocaust on German streets
Stolpersteine. Photo: DPA

20 years ago today, on May 3rd 1996, the first Stolpersteine - brass plaques laid in the street to remember Holocaust victims - were laid in Berlin. They have now spread all across Europe.

The Local List
5 reasons to drop everything and go to Stuttgart right now
A glorious evening on the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA

The capital of Baden-Württemberg isn't just home to some of Germany's best-loved auto brands – it's a city with a rich history and buzzing life of its own to discover.

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From our other editions
Friendly neighbour wins lawn ownership
What a mower might look like. Photo: SeppVei/Wikimedia

An Austrian businessman whose neighbour used to mow his garden has now lost a huge chunk of it after the court decided cutting the grass gave the neighbour the right to own the land.

Deep freeze: Switzerland shivers through icy night
File photo: Daniel Jolivet

Did you feel cold last night? No wonder.

Denmark unable to process or issue visas
The Danish Immigration Service promised to post updates on its website. Photo: Colourbox

IT problems have completely shut down the visa application process and no fix is in sight.

'Hugely important' haul of Roman coins found in Spain
Stock photo of Roman coins. Photo: Helen Hall/Flickr

Over 600kg of bronze coins were unearthed during building work in Seville.

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Police force naked driver to trek to brothel on foot
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German retiree 'fed to dog' by Russian wife in Mallorca
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