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Fall of the Wall - 25 years
See how Berlin has changed since Wall fell
The East Side gallery in Friedrichshain. Photo: DPA

See how Berlin has changed since Wall fell

Germany is gearing up to celebrate 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989. The city has changed more than any other in Europe in that time, as these 11 photos of scenes from then and now show. READ  

Kidnapped German 'rescued' in Nigeria
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Kidnapped German 'rescued' in Nigeria

UPDATE: A German national who was kidnapped by gunmen last Friday in southwest Nigeria has been released, police said on Thursday. READ  

Conservatives agree on foreigner road toll
Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. Photo: DPA

Conservatives agree on foreigner road toll

UPDATE: Germany's conservative alliance has finally agreed to charge foreign motorway users a toll and hopes to raise €500 million a year, but critics say their plan isn't roadworthy. READ  

Court gives Autobahn shooter ten years' jail
The Autobahn shooter faces judges at the beginning of his trial in August. Photo: DPA

Court gives Autobahn shooter ten years' jail

A trucker who fired hundreds of bullets at vehicles and drivers on German motorways over five years was sentenced to ten and a half years in prison on Thursday. READ  

Soldiers get more cash and flexi-time
The Bundeswehr hopes the reforms will make it a more attractive employer. Photo: DPA

Soldiers get more cash and flexi-time

Germany's military hopes to become the most attractive employer in the country with better pay and more part-time work in a series of reforms agreed by ministers on Wednesday. READ  

Strikes cost Lufthansa €170 million
A passenger waits at Düsseldorf Airport which was hit by a Lufthansa strike last Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Strikes cost Lufthansa €170 million

Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline, cut its profit forecast for 2015 on Thursday and said a series of pilot strikes in Germany this year had cost it €170 million. READ  

Fall of the Wall - 25 years
'Little Berlin' remembers fall of its wall
Tractors not tanks at Mödlareuth on the Bavaria-Thuringia border. Photo: DPA

'Little Berlin' remembers fall of its wall

Germany, November 1989: Snow falls as an excited crowd breaks through the Wall and people tearfully embrace loved ones after decades of living apart. But this is Mödlareuth - population 50 - not Berlin. READ  

Police in manslaughter trial over woman's death
The two policemen (pixelated) and their lawyers in court. Photo: DPA

Police in manslaughter trial over woman's death

Two policemen in western Germany are on trial for manslaughter for allegedly standing by as a woman was gunned down by her husband. READ  

German jets scrambled to face Russian planes
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German jets scrambled to face Russian planes

German Eurofighters were scrambled on Tuesday to intercept seven Russian planes flying over the Baltic Sea in international airspace. READ  

States sign Berlin deal to fight tax evasion
Finance ministers from 50 countries pose for a photo in Berlin after signing the agreement. Photo: DPA

States sign Berlin deal to fight tax evasion

More than 80 countries signed an agreement in Berlin on Wednesday that could end banking secrecy in the global battle against tax evasion and fraud, even though critics pointed to shortcomings in the deal. READ  

Features
Opinion
'We can't allow a proxy war on German streets'
Police arrest a hooligan in Cologne on Sunday. Photo: DPA

'We can't allow a proxy war on German streets'

Pundits, politicians and police chiefs have all been sticking their oar into the debate over how to deal with the unholy alliance of drunken thugs and far-right politics which came to a head in Cologne on Sunday. READ  

Village banks on wind, sun and pig manure
The village of Feldheim. Photo: DPA

Village banks on wind, sun and pig manure

If Germany has taken a pioneering though risky role in shifting to renewable energy, then the tiny village of Feldheim - population 150 - is at its vanguard. READ  

Quiz
How well do you know Germany?
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How well do you know Germany?

Do you know your Saxony facts from your Saxony-Anhalt ones? Test your knowledge of Germany's federal states in The Local's quiz. READ  

Germany lags in permits for non-EU migrants
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Germany lags in permits for non-EU migrants

Germany gave out fewer residency permits last year per head to non-EU citizens than any other major European economy. READ  

Satirist lives the dream on EU gravy train
Sonneborn in the EU Parliament. Photo: DPA

Satirist lives the dream on EU gravy train

Martin Sonneborn can’t believe his luck. The German comedian, leader of the political party “Die Partei”, managed to get elected to the European Parliament in May, and has found himself overwhelmed with fresh material. READ  

More News
Hooligan marches 'likely to be banned'
Police used water cannon against demonstrators on Sunday. Photo: DPA

Hooligan marches 'likely to be banned'

The German Police Union (DPolG) said on Wednesday that future anti-Islamic marches by hooligan groups, which are planned for Berlin and Hamburg and caused chaos in Cologne on Sunday, could be banned. READ  

Germans are wide of the mark on immigration
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Germans are wide of the mark on immigration

Germans massively overestimate the number of people in their country who are immigrants, unemployed and Muslim, but know exactly how many are Christian, according to a survey released on Wednesday. READ  

The Local List
Eight of the best subjects to study in Germany
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Eight of the best subjects to study in Germany

No tuition fees, more courses in English and yearly rises up global rankings - German universities are a great place for international students. But which subjects are they best at? READ  

Munich customs find 200 dead birds in a suitcase
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Munich customs find 200 dead birds in a suitcase

Customs officers at Munich Airport found 200 dead songbirds in a passenger's suitcase, officials said on Wednesday. READ  

Germany slips in world business rankings
Skyscrapers in business hub Frankfurt am Main. Photo: DPA

Germany slips in world business rankings

Germany may be Europe's biggest economy but it is only the continent's eighth best place to do business. It's easier to start a firm in Iran or Tajikistan than Germany, according to the World Bank. READ  

German exports to Russia dive by a quarter
Russia has banned food imports from the EU. Photo: DPA

German exports to Russia dive by a quarter

German exports to Russia have collapsed by more than a quarter, according to figures released on Wednesday, as sanctions brought about by the Ukraine crisis take effect. READ  

Bundeswehr has a black hole of €300 million
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: DPA

Bundeswehr has a black hole of €300 million

Germany's defence budget is too small to fund Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen's plan to make the military a more family-friendly and attractive employer, according to reports. READ  

Olympic chiefs want German 2024 bid
Overview of the Velodrom at the 32nd LEN European Swimming Championships 2014 in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Olympic chiefs want German 2024 bid

Germany should bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, the board of the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) decided on Tuesday with either Berlin or Hamburg the favoured potential candidate. READ  

Car phone use OK when stopped at lights
Driving like this is still not allowed. Photo: Shutterstock

Car phone use OK when stopped at lights

Drivers in Germany can use their mobile phones whenever their vehicle's motor is not running, including when waiting at a red light, a court ruled on Tuesday. READ  

Hooligans want to march in Berlin and Hamburg
More than 4,000 people gathered in Cologne on Sunday. Photo: DPA

Hooligans want to march in Berlin and Hamburg

UPDATE: Further far-right protests, of the kind seen in Cologne on Sunday, are being planned in Berlin and Hamburg, leading to fears of violence spreading to other cities. READ  

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Ten things to never say to an Austrian
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Ten things to never say to an Austrian

Since it declared its everlasting neutrality on October 26, 1955, the national holiday, the Alpine country of Austria has gone from strength to strength, boasting a staggering twenty Nobel Prize laureates, including seven in physiology or medicine, five in chemistry, three in physics and economist Friedrich Hayek. READ  

Nadal calls time as Federer advances
Nadal: calling it quits for the season after upset loss. Photo: AFP

Nadal calls time as Federer advances

Teenage wildcard Borna Coric stunned Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel on Friday, a defeat which marked the end of the Spaniard's season. READ  

PHOTO GALLERY
Melting ice gives 'wake-up call' in Copenhagen
100 tonnes of Greenlandic ice was brought to Copenhagen to melt in front of onlookers in order to make "the climate challenges we are facing tangible". Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Melting ice gives 'wake-up call' in Copenhagen

Artist Olafur Eliasson confronted onlookers with the realities of climate change by bringing 12 huge blocks of Greenlandic ice to downtown Copenhagen. See photos of the event here. READ  

Drug mule left to die in airport over Ebola fears
The drug mule arrived at Madrid's Barajas airport almost two hours before dying of an overdose. Photo o Barajas airport: Shutterstock

Drug mule left to die in airport over Ebola fears

A Nigerian drug smuggler at Madrid's international airport who started shivering after the cocaine bags he was carrying inside his body burst was left to die after airport authorities activated an emergency Ebola alert READ  

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion
A French mum had to have four limbs amputated due to complications following an abortion. Photo: Shutterstock

Mother has four limbs removed after abortion

A woman who had an abortion in Bordeaux is suing the medical team that performed the procedure after she ended up having to have partial amputations to both arms and legs. READ  

Ebola crisis
Uproar over US troops' Ebola quarantine in Italy
S troops at the Vicenza base. Photo: Edward Braly/HO US Army/AFP

Uproar over US troops' Ebola quarantine in Italy

The decision to put a dozen American soldiers returning from Liberia into quarantine for Ebola at their base near Venice rather than in the United States sparked controversy in Italy on Wednesday. READ  

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday
Troops and experts prepare for Mount Mannen avalanche. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

Mount Mannen avalanche set to tumble on Tuesday

Experts studying the imminent avalanche on Mount Mannen in South Norway said it is "fairly probable" it will occur some time on Tuesday. READ  

Offbeat
Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'
Best beard winner Kristofer Larsson. Photo: Pontus Flatum

Construction worker has 'Sweden's best beard'

A father-of-two from west Sweden has fought off competition from more than a hundred hairy men to win a national prize in honour of his beard. READ  

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