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Turkish Airlines: married pilots are safer pilots
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Turkish Airlines: married pilots are safer pilots

The general manager of Turkish Airlines has urged single pilots to marry, after the Germanwings tragedy blamed on a pilot with psychological problems. READ  

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'It hurts when Germans call Greece a failed state'
Thanasis Glavinas outside one of the German parliament's buildings. Photo: Private

'It hurts when Germans call Greece a failed state'

With the war of words – and cashflows – between Greece and Germany showing no sign of dying down, The Local meets one young Greek who's come to see what the Germans have to teach about running a country successfully. READ  

Interior Minister wants quicker deportations
'Loitz doesn't need any asylum seekers' reads the graffiti. Photo:DPA

Interior Minister wants quicker deportations

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière called on Friday for state governments to speed up deportations of failed asylum applicants, in the latest round in a war of words between the federal government and the states. READ  

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Germany mourns victims of Alps plane crash
President Joachim Gauck stands before the altar in Cologne Cathedral on Friday. Photo: DPA

Germany mourns victims of Alps plane crash

Hundreds of bereaved relatives and world leaders gathered in Cologne on Friday for a memorial service for the victims of last month's Germanwings crash. READ  

VW CEO survives despite departure rumours
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VW CEO survives despite departure rumours

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn has dodged a broadside from company chairman Ferdinand Piech which many thought would unseat him from the troubled car maker. Instead, the steering committee has offered him an extension to his contract. READ  

Bayern doctor quits in spat with Guardiola
Tension on the touchline: Guardiola, Schweinsteiger and Müller-Wohlfahrt Photo: DPA

Bayern doctor quits in spat with Guardiola

The resignation of iconic club doctor Hans-Willhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt on Thursday evening threatens to unleash internal chaos at Bayern Munich after their Champions League humiliation at the hands of FC Porto. READ  

Deutsche Bahn flirts with drivers' strike deadline
An InterCity train in Hannover's main train station. Photo: DPA

Deutsche Bahn flirts with drivers' strike deadline

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn has until 3 pm on Friday to respond to demands from the Train Drivers' Union (GDL) for a "reasonable provisional result" in talks over pay, conditions and union representation. READ  

Liberals: Data retention unconstitutional
Deputy leader of the Free Democratic Party Wolfgang Kubicki. Photo:DPA

Liberals: Data retention unconstitutional

The deputy leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP), Wolfgang Kubicki, called the government's plans to store communications data 'unconstitutional' and said he will fight the proposals in court. READ  

Germany honours Warsaw Uprising fighters
Leszek Zukowski (c) participated in the Warsaw uprising. Photo:DPA

Germany honours Warsaw Uprising fighters

Germany on Thursday awarded its highest honour for the first time to Poles who fought the occupying Nazis in the ill-fated Warsaw Uprising of 1944, one of World War II's bloodiest episodes. READ  

Police grab 'Turkish Communists' in raids
A special police intervention unit (SEK) training in Thuringia. File photo: DPA

Police grab 'Turkish Communists' in raids

State prosecutors in Karlsruhe said on Thursday that police had captured seven members of the Turkish Communist Party (TKP) in raids across southern and western Germany. READ  

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This week in history
Soviet soldiers burst through 'Gates to Berlin'
Soviet forces bombarding German trenches at the start of the battle. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Soviet soldiers burst through 'Gates to Berlin'

April 16th, 1945 saw the start of the Battle of the Seelow Heights, one of the last offensives by the Soviet army before they reached Berlin at the end of the Second World War. It was the largest battle to take place on German soil. READ  

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The smell of success? Now it's over the counter

The smell of success? Now it's over the counter

A German company is developing a way of making work environments a little more pleasant – and productive – by infusing them with nice smells. READ  

This week in history
April 11th 1945: US Army reaches Buchenwald
The site of former concentration camp Buchenwald. Photo: DPA

April 11th 1945: US Army reaches Buchenwald

On April 11th 1945, the 6th Armoured Division of the US army liberated Buchenwald concentration camp, making its inmates the first on German soil to be freed from the grip of the Nazis. READ  

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How to stay sane in asparagus season
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How to stay sane in asparagus season

It's that time of year again: the asparagus harvest has officially begun in Bavaria and Schleswig-Holstein. The green and white stalks will be everywhere for weeks - but how can you introduce some variety to this German traditional specialty? READ  

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  

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Mentally-ill man lost all teeth to new-age dentist
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Mentally-ill man lost all teeth to new-age dentist

A dentist who claimed to be a 'recognised healer' and pulled every tooth out of a mentally ill patient's mouth lost an appeal against a €20,000 compensation payment in Munich on Wednesday. READ  

This week in history
Soviet soldiers burst through 'Gates to Berlin'
Soviet forces bombarding German trenches at the start of the battle. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Soviet soldiers burst through 'Gates to Berlin'

April 16th, 1945 saw the start of the Battle of the Seelow Heights, one of the last offensives by the Soviet army before they reached Berlin at the end of the Second World War. It was the largest battle to take place on German soil. READ  

Munich ice shop faces €10,000 wasp sting
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Munich ice shop faces €10,000 wasp sting

An elderly woman is suing an ice cream shop in Munich for €10,000 after she fled from a swarm of wasps and fell over a step on its premises. READ  

'German persistence' puts Merkel in Time 100
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'German persistence' puts Merkel in Time 100

German Chancellor Angela Merkel once again took a spot on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people on Thursday, introduced with an article by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. READ  

2015 growth forecast hiked to 2.1 percent
Robots assembling cars in a Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg. Photo: DPA

2015 growth forecast hiked to 2.1 percent

Germany's leading economic institutes sharply raised their growth forecast Thursday, predicting Europe's top economy will expand 2.1 percent this year thanks to cheap oil, the low euro and strong consumer spending. READ  

FC Bayern on brink of European exit
Defender Dante, left, considering the impact of his mistake. Photo: DPA

FC Bayern on brink of European exit

German giants Bayern Munich are on the brink of exiting the Champions League at the quarter final stage after they suffered a dismal 3-1 defeat away to FC Porto on Wednesday. READ  

Blitzmarathon for motorists
Police on nationwide hunt for speeders
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Police on nationwide hunt for speeders

German and European police have been stationed by the sides of roads since 6am on Thursday in the first Europe-wide “Blitz-marathon” aimed at catching speeders. READ  

Schäuble rules out Greek bailout deal
Wolfgang Schäuble in New York. Photo:DPA

Schäuble rules out Greek bailout deal

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Wednesday that there was almost no chance of a new Greek bailout agreement when EU finance ministers meet in Riga next week. READ  

Lorry drags old man and scooter 50 meters
Photo: North Rhine-Westphalia Police

Lorry drags old man and scooter 50 meters

A 74-year-old man was dragged 50 meters underneath a lorry after his scooter got caught in its undercarriage on Wednesday. READ  

G7 throws weight behind German diplomacy
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G7 throws weight behind German diplomacy

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven on Wednesday threw their "full support" behind Germany's mediation efforts between Russia and Ukraine. READ  

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Austrian survives ten hours under avalanche
The rescue team. Photo: zeitungsfoto.at

Austrian survives ten hours under avalanche

An Austrian man survived being buried under a massive avalanche in Gschnitztal, Tyrol, for ten hours on Sunday. READ  

CERN 'in shock' over fatal Valais avalanche
The Globe of Science and Innovation at CERN. Photo: Adam Nieman/Flickr

CERN 'in shock' over fatal Valais avalanche

UPDATE: An official from the Geneva-based European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Monday the organization was in shock over an avalanche that killed one of its employees and critically injured another in the canton of Valais on Sunday. READ  

Turkey angered by Copenhagen sculpture
Artists' illustration of how the sculpture will look when placed in Kultorvet. Photo: Invivia/Folkedrab100

Turkey angered by Copenhagen sculpture

Plans to install a sculpture commemorating the Armenian Genocide in one of Copenhagen's busiest squares have Turkish officials up in arms. READ  

Marbella tragedy
Teacher drowned trying to save deaf students

Teacher drowned trying to save deaf students

The Turkish teacher who drowned trying to save the lives of his deaf students off a Marbella beach on Monday was due to marry later this year, it has emerged. READ  

When French tourists behave badly abroad
A quokka in western Australia. Photo: OzinOH/Flickr

When French tourists behave badly abroad

As two French tourists are fined for burning a small Australian mammal, we take a look at some of the worst examples of the French misbehaving abroad - including orgies in Pompeii to near-naked dancing in Roman fountains... READ  

Italian woman gives birth ten days after abortion
Despite an ultrasound, the woman's gynecologist allegedly failed to realize the abortion had gone wrong. Ultrasound photo: Shutterstock

Italian woman gives birth ten days after abortion

A woman is taking her gynecologist to court after having to give birth to her dead fetus ten days after she thought she had gone through a successful abortion. READ  

Earthworms rain from sky over Norway
The mystery worms spotted lying on the snow by Karstein Erstad on Sunday. Photo: Karstein Erstad

Earthworms rain from sky over Norway

Earthworms have been raining down from heaven over large areas of southern Norway, leaving biologists and meteorologists scratching their heads. READ  

'Submarine' in Sweden was only civilian boat
Rear Admiral Anders Grenstad at a press conference after Sweden's October submarine hunt. Photo: Claudio Bresciani/TT

'Submarine' in Sweden was only civilian boat

UPDATED: A suspected submarine spotted in the Stockholm archipelago a week after Sweden's extensive hunt for Russian underwater vessels last autumn was only a civilian boat, Sweden's Armed Forces have now said. But they remain convinced that the first sighting was a small foreign sub. READ  

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