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France and Russia blast Merkel's refugee policy
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (l), Chancellor Angela Merkel (m), Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev (r). Photos: DPA

France and Russia blast Merkel's refugee policy
1 day ago

Close allies and bitter rivals alike are urging Merkel to change course.

Alleged Auschwitz guard dies before arrest
Child survivors of Auschwitz, photographed by the Belarusian army. Photo: Mikhael Oschurkow

Alleged Auschwitz guard dies before arrest
9 hours ago

Croatian prosecutors had been urged to move quickly against 98-year-old Jakob Dencinger.

Italian refugee doc wows Berlin film festival
A still taken from the Fire at Sea. Photo: Berlin Film Festival

Italian refugee doc wows Berlin film festival
11 hours ago

Daily Telegraph review called Fire at Sea "pertinent, humane" and "shattering".

Kerry lauds Merkel's 'courage' on refugees
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Munich Security Summit. Photo: Andreas Gebert/DP

Kerry lauds Merkel's 'courage' on refugees
14 hours ago

"We will join you...to stem this tide because of the potential of its damage to the fabric of a united Europe," Kerry.

Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Munich Security Conference: Photo: Christof Stache / AFP

Russian PM declares 'new Cold War' at Munich
17 hours ago

"Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats."

Zoos show off animal lovebirds for Valentine crowds
Two black swans swim side by side in the Munich zoo. Photo: DPA

Zoos show off animal lovebirds for Valentine crowds
18 hours ago

Anyone looking for inspiration in their love life this Valentine's day could do worse than a glance at the animal kingdom.

Merkel woos Cameron at Hamburg banquet
David Cameon, Olaf Scholz, and Angela Merkel at the Matthiae-Mahl" banquet. Photo: Carmen Jaspersen/ AFP

Merkel woos Cameron at Hamburg banquet
19 hours ago

Britain "irreplaceable" in European foreign and defence policy.

Bavaria train crash
Controller 'twice tried to warn trains before Bavaria collision'
Flowers at the crash site: Photo: DPA

Controller 'twice tried to warn trains before Bavaria collision'
1 day ago

The rail controller in the south German town where two trains collided on Tuesday twice tried to stop the accident that killed eleven people.

Germany ‘must act now to defuse debt time bomb’
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble had some grim reading in his briefcase this week. Photo: DPA

Germany ‘must act now to defuse debt time bomb’
1 day ago

A leaked government report says Germany's aging population is a debt explosion waiting to happen.

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10 genius ways German inventors improved our lives
Photo: DPA

10 genius ways German inventors improved our lives
January 16, 2016

German inventors have made contributions to our every day lives in more ways than you may know. The Local looks at some of the best inventions, from the serious to the silly.

German war graves are being desecrated on TV
Hundreds of books like this one recorded German famillies' desperate search for information about the fate of their loved ones after the war. Photo: Robin Schäfer collection

German war graves are being desecrated on TV
January 13, 2016

Military historian Robin Schäfer explains why he and thousands of German families are horrified by a British TV show promoting the looting of German war graves - exactly as happened to his own great-uncle's remains.

'Kids as young as ten are considering suicide'
Annelie Bracke, head of the Telephone Pastors in Cologne. Photo: DPA

'Kids as young as ten are considering suicide'
December 28, 2015

The TelefonSeelsorge (Telephone Pastors) counsel millions of desperate callers each year. In 2016 the service will be 60 years old.

Why educated Germans avoid social media
Hint: it's not because of the young people. Photo: DPA

Why educated Germans avoid social media
December 22, 2015

Statistics show that unlike other industrial nations, more highly-educated Germans avoid social networks than people with little or no education. The Local uncovers the facts behind the figures.

Vet's battle for chimp stranded in empty zoo
Marthe Arends and Lolita. Photo: DPA

Vet's battle for chimp stranded in empty zoo
December 22, 2015

When a German vet came across a desperate chimpanzee alone in a deserted African zoo she knew she had to do something to help.

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Top German general praises Russian bombing in Syria
Harald Kujat, former chief of staff of the Bundeswehr (German army) inspecting Ukrainian troops in Kiev in 2004. File photo: DPA

Top German general praises Russian bombing in Syria
1 day ago

A former top general in the Bundeswehr (German army) has praised Russia's campaign in support of brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

'Short German' text speak spares you from grammar
"...and if you leave out the adjectives, you can forget about the Dative!" Photo: DPA

'Short German' text speak spares you from grammar
1 day ago

Could text speak do away with German speakers' woes with cases and adjective endings?

Are Germans right to fear limit on cash payments?
Photo: DPA

Are Germans right to fear limit on cash payments?
1 day ago

Plans for an upper limit on cash payments have stoked fears of government and corporate control in Germany.

Cologne attacks 'not organized': police chief
Police patrolling outside Cologne Cathedral on Rosenmontag, the high point of carnival, this week. Photo: DPA

Cologne attacks 'not organized': police chief
1 day ago

The cathedral city's new top cop is trying to ease tensions over the New Year's Eve sexual assaults that cost his predecessor his job.

Germany praises 'new hope for Syria' after Munich talks
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (l) and refugees in northern Syria near the Turkish border (r). Photo: DPA

Germany praises 'new hope for Syria' after Munich talks
1 day ago

Germany's Foreign Minister thinks that the latest deal offers "new hope" for people in war-torn Syria - but can Russia be trusted?

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Asylum seekers given priority for hospital visits
Refugees arriving at Vienna's Westbahnhof station. File photo: Caritas

Asylum seekers given priority for hospital visits
AUSTRIA

An admission by Austrian health officials that asylum seekers are given priority for hospital visits has been greeted by angry reaction.

Prison guard and Syrian escapee 'likely off to Syria'
Prison guard Angelica Magdici posing with the suspected getaway car. Photo: Zurich cantonal police

Prison guard and Syrian escapee 'likely off to Syria'
SWITZERLAND

A female Zurich prison guard and the Syrian inmate she helped escape from his cell have probably fled to Syria, according to the guard’s husband.

700-year-old Danish 'Civil War' coins uncovered
The instability of the era is said to be reflected in the poor quality minting and low silver content of the coins. Photo: Viborg Museum

700-year-old Danish 'Civil War' coins uncovered
DENMARK

A hoard of 700 year-old coins has been found by a group of metal detector enthusiasts in Jutland.

Valentine's Day
Ten golden rules for snagging a Spanish man
Sally Fazakerley on navigating the perilous path to true love

Ten golden rules for snagging a Spanish man
SPAIN

Looking for your very own Don Juan? Then this is what you need to know.

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Most German conservatives back gay marriage: poll
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