Clowns, Berlin Wall luxury and whiny soldiers
Published: 01 Mar 2013 10:45 GMT+01:00
In this week's Weekly News Podcast, The Local's Ben Knight contends with clownish chancellor candidates, the second fall of the Berlin Wall for luxury flats, and Germany's allegedly whiny soldiers.
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A construction worker in Berlin. Photo: DPA.
German unemployment stayed at 6.4 percent in July, the lowest level since reunification almost a quarter century ago, despite an unexpected rise of 9,000 jobless, the federal labour office said on Thursday.
German airline Lufthansa, still reeling from the crash of one of its Germanwings planes in March over the French Alps, said on Thursday it tripled net profit in the second quarter, helped by cheap fuel.
Manuel Neuer. Photo: DPA
World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has faced a wave of derision on social media since giving a cringe-worthy interview to football magazine Kicker explaining his choice of commercial partners.
A shoot-out near Germany's most iconic shopping street, the Kurfürstendamm in west Berlin, left an apparently innocent bystander injured after she was shot in the leg on Wednesday evening.
A Pegida demonstration in Dresden in May. Photo: DPA
It's an astonishing statement for a refugee from war-torn Syria, but Taher has had enough of the xenophobia he has
experienced in Germany.
A view of Istanbul. Photo: DPA.
The German government has issued more severe warnings about travelling to Turkey after a string of terror attacks in the south of the country, and as Ankara intensifies conflict against two militias in Syria and Iraq.
Fire services extinguish an unrelated fire in Hamburg in 2011. Photo: DPA
After a series of arson attacks over several months, an ex-fireman has been sentenced to three years in jail without chance of bail.
A mother from North Rhine-Westphalia has accused furniture chain IKEA of debasement, discrimination and marginalization – after employees in their Dortmund store refused to let her autistic son into the children's play area.
Photo: Gemeinde Nuthe-Urstromtal
A woman in a village south of Berlin was shocked to find a rather unusual visitor in her garden on Tuesday. But by the time police got there he'd already bounced.
A pedestrian walks by a group of Stolpersteine. Photo: DPA
The Munich City Council said on Wednesday that it had voted to continue banning the placement of blocks commemorating Jewish Holocaust victims in city streets - a ban that garnered surprising support from Jewish community leaders.