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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Mediterranean migrant crisis
The German navy rescues refugees in the Mediterranean. Photo: DPA.
Germany found out on Wednesday it will have to take in the largest number of refugees under the European Commission's new quota system which aims to rehouse 60,000 people over the next two years.
A worker assembling motors at a Magdeburg factory. Photo: DPA
Germany is behind only China and the USA as a destination for foreign investment, a study has shown.
The bomb is burrowed deep in the ground. Photo: DPA
Authorities In Cologne have begun the biggest evacuation since Second World War of around 20,000 people after a 1,000 kg bomb was found in the north-east of the city.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's government tricked the public into believing the USA was prepared to sign a so-called 'no-spy agreement' with Germany ahead of elections in 2013, a report in the Süddeutsche Zeitung claimed on Wednesday.
Chancellor Angela Merkel tops the Forbes list of the world's most powerful women for the fifth straight year but Hillary Clinton is snapping at her heels, the magazine said on Tuesday.
People throng the halls of the Milaneo shopping centre in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA
Consumer confidence in Germany is at its highest in 13.5 years, as the positive economic outlook and low inflation
persuade consumers to open their purses, a poll found on Wednesday.
Locals enjoy the normally tranquil Seeburger See
A couple of friends who went for a quiet spot of fishing on Lake Seeburg in Lower Saxony on Monday got the fright of their life when they pulled up their net to find an artillery shell inside.
Leipzig's impressive skyline. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
This weekend the city of Leipzig is celebrating its 1,000th anniversary, since it was first mentioned by the chronicler Thietmar of Merseburg in 1015. The Local gives some insight into one of Germany's most vibrant cities.
File photo: DPA
German authorities have reintroduced border controls two weeks before the leaders of the G7 economies gather in Elmau, southern Bavaria.
Photo: DPA file photo
Schleswig Holstein's exports to Russia have dropped by 31 percent, state finance minister Reinhard Meyer said in comments reported by the Hamburger Abendblatt on Tuesday.