FDP woes, Berlin's wonky airport and Mettwurst
The Local · 11 Jan 2013, 11:20
Published: 11 Jan 2013 11:20 GMT+01:00
The Local's Ben Knight kicks off our weekly German news podcast with a look at Chancellor Merkel's disappearing coalition partners, Berlin's troubled new airport and health concerns about the country's beloved Mettwurst sausage.
Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all that's going on in Germany, which is why The Local is starting an audio version of its weekly news roundup.
For the inaugural episode, Ben Knight squeezes all of your Teutonic news needs into a handy three-minute podcast. Listen to it while working at your desk, or download it for German news on the go!
Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA
Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that she has "the very greatest interest in stopping sanctions" against Russia, Reuters reports.
In a stunt police have described as "incomprehensible idiocy," a drunk young man from Munich lay down on the tracks in front of a fast-moving train and let it ride over him.
Expats in Germany generally find it great for families and starting a career, but were turned off by the language barriers and "unfriendly" Germans upon arrival, according to a new report.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Photo: DPA/AFP Pool.
Critics have been questioning the German Foreign Minister's recent series of comments about working closer with Russia, with some labelling the diplomat a "Russia-sympathizer".
The bricked-up door. Photo: Facebook/Netzwerk für Flüchtlinge in Parchim.
Unknown people have bricked up the entrance to a mosque in northeastern Germany and stuck racist flyers to their masonry work.
Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday that negotiations on a massive trade deal between the European Union and the United States were effectively dead in the water.
Germany has drafted a law requiring mothers to inform their partners if their children were fathered by another man, Justice Minister Heiko Maas said on Monday.
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A police officer stands on a train platform at Hannover main station. Photo: DPA
German federal prosecutors said Monday they had brought charges against a 16-year-old girl who allegedly stabbed a policeman in February in an operation for Isis.
Refugee children in Hamburg. Photo: DPA.
German media reported on Monday that the number of refugee children reported as missing has doubled to reach nearly 9,000.