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Oettinger blames celebs for nude photo hack
Oettinger (l) appeared to misunderstand how the internet works in his comments about the photo hack which has reportedly affected celebrities including Amber Heard (r). Photo: DPA/EPA

Oettinger blames celebs for nude photo hack

German newspapers on Tuesday ridiculed incoming EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger after he blamed "stupid" celebrities for having their private nude pictures hacked and spread online. READ  

Shots fired as ‘seniors’ rob Berlin security van
Police outside the Apple Store in Berlin where a security van was robbed. Photo: DPA

Shots fired as ‘seniors’ rob Berlin security van

A gang disguised as pensioners opened fire on a Berlin security van on Monday night, escaping with cash before setting their getaway car on fire. It is the second such attack in ten days. READ  

Pickpocket fools minister at anti-crime event
Ralf Jäger in front of a sign reading "eyes open and pockets closed" at the pickpocketing awareness event. Photo: DPA

Pickpocket fools minister at anti-crime event

North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister Ralf Jäger was pickpocketed by a magician at a press conference he called on Monday to launch a campaign against pickpocketing. READ  

Berlin heart centre fiddled transplant list
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Berlin heart centre fiddled transplant list

A probe into German transplant centres sparked by an organ donor scandal has revealed 14 cases of a doctor fiddling medical records at one of Germany’s leading heart centres. READ  

Lufthansa strike hits 20,000 passengers
A stranded group of travellers from Vancouver, Canada, sit and wait at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Lufthansa strike hits 20,000 passengers

UPDATE: The fourth pilots’ strike in recent weeks hit Germany’s biggest airport on Tuesday morning, with long-haul Lufthansa flights grounded at Frankfurt. Around 20,000 passengers have been affected. READ  

View from Germany
'Criminals are at work in refugee homes'
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'Criminals are at work in refugee homes'

A photo appearing to show a refugee being abused at a home for asylum seekers has caused outrage in Germany. The photo has been compared to those from Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. Police are now investigating six cases of abuse at three different centres. READ  

Police suspect neo-Nazis of Reichstag attack
An investigator gives a sniffer dog the scent of an object found at the scene. Photo: DPA

Police suspect neo-Nazis of Reichstag attack

Investigators believe a Molotov cocktail thrown at the Reichstag building in Berlin early on Monday morning was the work of a far-right group, a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday. READ  

Unemployment rate stagnates in September
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Unemployment rate stagnates in September

Unemployment in Germany stagnated in September, as clouds continue to build over Europe's biggest economy, official data showed on Tuesday. READ  

Germany struggles with Turkey Nato mission
A Bundeswehr Patriot missile in southern Turkey. Photo: DPA

Germany struggles with Turkey Nato mission

A shortage of trained troops caused more embarrassment for Germany's military on Tuesday when it emerged that more than one in four soldiers taking part in a Nato mission in Turkey are not getting their allotted time off between deployments. READ  

Spielberg to shoot spy thriller in Berlin
Spielberg (l), Amy Ryan (c) and Tom Hanks (r). Photo: DPA

Spielberg to shoot spy thriller in Berlin

Director Steven Spielberg is to shoot his next film in Germany, the Berlin-Brandenburg Film Board announced on Monday. The Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan director is turning his attention to a Cold War spy thriller. READ  

Features
Travel
How to spend 24 hours in Dresden
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How to spend 24 hours in Dresden

In English-speaking circles, its name conjures images of dreariness and tragedy. But Dresden - a city shaped by kings, communists and artists - has reinvented itself once again. READ  

Quiz
Quiz: Put your German skills to the test

Quiz: Put your German skills to the test

Come and test your German skills on the European Day of Languages with The Local's German odd word out quiz. This linguistic challenge will test the finest German translators. READ  

German of the Week
Run, Anna, Run: Meet the Berlin Marathon hope
Marathon runner Anna Hahner. Photo: DPA

Run, Anna, Run: Meet the Berlin Marathon hope

Germany has rested its hopes on the shoulders of Anna Hahner to take the women's title at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday. But Hahner says she's just hoping for a personal best to follow up her win in Vienna. The twin is The Local's German of the Week. READ  

The Local List
Ten noises that sound very different in German
Mäh mäh says the sheep to the monkey. Photo: DPA

Ten noises that sound very different in German

Learning the native onomatopoeia is just another step to becoming fluent in your adopted language. This week, The Local List takes it upon ourselves to help you along the way and answers crucial linguistic questions. What noise do chickens make in German? READ  

'Germany can handle more refugees'
Refugees in emergency accommodation in Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA

'Germany can handle more refugees'

Germany is the most popular destination in the EU for those fleeing the brutal onslaught in Syria. The country’s interior minister wants other European countries to take in more refugees, but some groups think Germany should do more. READ  

More News
EU may drop Russian gas, Merkel warns
Chancellor Merkel with Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb in Berlin on Monday. Photo: DPA

EU may drop Russian gas, Merkel warns

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Germany and Europe may have to review their energy cooperation with Russia in the long-term if the Ukraine standoff does not abate. READ  

3,000 refugees arrive at Munich station
Munich's Hauptbahnhof. Photo: DPA

3,000 refugees arrive at Munich station

More than 3,000 refugees, including hundreds of children, have arrived at Munich’s central train station over the past few weeks, according to police. READ  

Deutsche Bahn freezes most ticket prices
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Deutsche Bahn freezes most ticket prices

Germany’s train operator Deutsche Bahn on Monday attempted to take the fight to cheap coach services, which have eaten into its market share, by freezing the price of second class tickets. READ  

Bavarian independence becomes reality online
Christian Söder at the Los Angeles headquarters of ICANN in April. Photo: DPA

Bavarian independence becomes reality online

Starting on Tuesday, people and businesses in Bavaria will be able to use web addresses with the domain .bayern, ending the Free State's online subjection to the Federal Republic of Germany. READ  

JobTalk Germany
Immigrant firms create 2.2 million German jobs
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Immigrant firms create 2.2 million German jobs

A new study shows more and more immigrants are starting businesses in Germany, bringing some much-needed entrepreneurial spirit to the country. READ  

Germany's Ebola mission stranded in Gran Canaria
A Transall C-160. Photo: DPA

Germany's Ebola mission stranded in Gran Canaria

Germany’s military transport planes are causing embarrassment for yet another Bundeswehr mission. The military’s much-heralded delivery to help Ebola-stricken countries in western Africa has stalled in Gran Canaria. READ  

Police investigate abuse at refugee centres
The photo released by police showing violence committed against an asylum seeker. Photo: Polizei NRW/DPA

Police investigate abuse at refugee centres

UPDATE: Investigators are questioning hundreds of refugees after videos emerged of security guards abusing asylum seekers in western Germany. One video shows a refugee being forced to lie in his own vomit. READ  

Attacker throws Molotov cocktail at Reichstag
The damage (right) to the steps of the Reichstag. Photo: DPA

Attacker throws Molotov cocktail at Reichstag

Police in Berlin are searching for a would-be arsonist who threw a Molotov cocktail at the Reichstag in the early hours of Monday morning. READ  

Germany's military can't meet Nato commitments
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen in Iraq last week. Photo: DPA

Germany's military can't meet Nato commitments

Germany's military is in such a poor state it cannot currently live up to all its Nato commitments, the country's defence minister admitted on Sunday, warning it could take years to overcome equipment problems. READ  

Brit raped at Oktoberfest while going to toilet
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Brit raped at Oktoberfest while going to toilet

UPDATE: A young Brit was raped by two men at Munich’s Oktoberfest on Saturday while he was going to the toilet. But police said crime had fallen at this year's festival. READ  

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NSA 'could be spying on UN' in Vienna
Vienna's UNO City. Photo: APA/ROBERT JAEGER

NSA 'could be spying on UN' in Vienna

Photos have emerged that suggest that the NSA - the US intelligence service - has a monitoring station in Vienna used for listening in on what’s happening at the UN complex. READ  

Study sounds warning alarm for Swiss cow bells
Cows wear ceremonial bells during the desalpe at Charmey. Photo: Caroline Bishop

Study sounds warning alarm for Swiss cow bells

The future of one of Switzerland’s most iconic symbols is under threat after a new study found that cow bells can damage the hearing and feeding habits of the alpine cows that wear them. READ  

Sex toys and burgers at Copenhagen restaurant
"Would you like a spanking to go with that?" Photo: Submitted

Sex toys and burgers at Copenhagen restaurant

In serving burgers next to dildos, Hot Buns is just giving the people what they want, the owner tells The Local. READ  

Spanish court suspends Catalan self-rule vote
Pro-independence Catalans protest with a banner reading "Disobey" in front of a Spanish government delegation in Barcelona on Monday . Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish court suspends Catalan self-rule vote

Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November 9th, although leaders of the rich north-eastern region vowed to press ahead anyway with preparations for the vote. READ  

Striking Air France pilots refuse to budge
Air France has moved to end a crippling air strike by proposing scrapping its plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary into Europe. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

Striking Air France pilots refuse to budge

UPDATED: Defiant Air France pilots said they would continue their crippling strike on Thursday despite company chiefs proposing to scrap its plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary into Europe. Company chiefs had called for pilots to return to work "immediately". READ  

QUIZ: EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
Test your Italian skills with our debut quiz

Test your Italian skills with our debut quiz

It's the European Day of Languages, so come and test your Italian language skills with The Local Italy's debut quiz. READ  

Cops swipe smugglers of Norwegian nappies
The nappies in the picture are not the nappies in the story. Nappy photo: Shutterstock

Cops swipe smugglers of Norwegian nappies

Police in northern Sweden have arrested two individuals with a haul of over 25,000 Norwegian nappies, which they believe were destined for the black market in eastern Europe. READ  

National
Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
A simple twist of fate led these Dylan fans to the same university. Photo: Gustav Mårtensson

Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles

Five Swedish scientists have confessed that they have been quoting Bob Dylan lyrics in research articles and are running a wager on who can squeeze the most in before retirement. READ  

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