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Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe
Several thousand Pegida supporters turned up in Dresden. Photo: DPA

Anti-Islam groups rally across Europe
7 hours ago

A march by Germany's anti-Islamic organisation Pegida drew thousands to the eastern city of Dresden on Saturday on a day that saw rallies across Europe in support of the movement.

'Germany must take fewer refugees' - Catholic church
Cardinal Reinhard Marx said the response to the migrant crisis should not solely be a matter of "charity but also reason." Photo: DPA

'Germany must take fewer refugees' - Catholic church
9 hours ago

The German Catholic Church called for a reduction in the influx of refugees arriving in Germany, saying the country cannot take in "all the world's needy," according to an interview published on Saturday.

German FA launches action against Beckenbauer
Beckenbauer (L) with suspended FIFA president, Sepp Blatter. Photo: DPA

German FA launches action against Beckenbauer
14 hours ago

German football chiefs on Friday launched a lawsuit involving Franz Beckenbauer, world governing body FIFA, two former German federation (DFB) presidents as well as the former head of adidas as part of the 2006 World Cup scandal.

Auschwitz guard, 93, to face trial in April
Barbed wire fences at the Auschwitz death camp. File photo: DPA

Auschwitz guard, 93, to face trial in April
1 day ago

A 93-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp will stand trial in April for accessory to murder, a German court said Friday.

Terror raids in Berlin and NRW
None of 'Isis arrests' were for plotting terror attack: police
A photo released by police on Friday of one of the suspects. Photo: Berlin Polizei

None of 'Isis arrests' were for plotting terror attack: police
1 day ago

Police confirmed to The Local on Friday that none of the people taken into custody on Thursday were arrested for planning an act of terrorism.

Journalist 'groped' in front of live camera in Cologne
Esmeralda Labye. Screen shot: RTBF

Journalist 'groped' in front of live camera in Cologne
1 day ago

A Belgian journalist has said she was groped while on live television at the Cologne Karneval.

Germany struggling under massive asylum backlog
Refugees queuing outside a refugee home. File Photo: DPA

Germany struggling under massive asylum backlog
1 day ago

German authorities are struggling to process hundreds of thousands of asylum applications, the head of the country's refugee office admitted Friday, even though a record influx of migrants was finally slowing.

Customs seize 'stinking' ape skull from traveller's luggage
Photo: Hauptzollamt München/DPA

Customs seize 'stinking' ape skull from traveller's luggage
1 day ago

Customers officers did a double-take at Munich airport last week when a suitcase belonging to a man arriving from Thailand turned out to contain the reeking skull of an unfortunate ape.

Cologne opens Karneval on edge after sex attacks
Security in Cologne. Photo: DPA

Cologne opens Karneval on edge after sex attacks
1 day ago

Cologne opened its annual carnival Thursday with ramped-up security to prevent a repeat of the sex assaults that marred New Year and triggered a debate about Germany's ability to integrate asylum seekers.

How Trump planned Europe's tallest tower in Frankfurt
Photos: Michael Vadon, Kiefer/Wikimedia Commons.

How Trump planned Europe's tallest tower in Frankfurt
2 days ago

Fifteen years before Donald Trump rocketed to the forefront of the Republican fight for the White House, he had his sights set on an ambitious project in Frankfurt.

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10 genius ways German inventors improved our lives
Photo: DPA

10 genius ways German inventors improved our lives
January 16, 2016

German inventors have made contributions to our every day lives in more ways than you may know. The Local looks at some of the best inventions, from the serious to the silly.

German war graves are being desecrated on TV
Hundreds of books like this one recorded German famillies' desperate search for information about the fate of their loved ones after the war. Photo: Robin Schäfer collection

German war graves are being desecrated on TV
January 13, 2016

Military historian Robin Schäfer explains why he and thousands of German families are horrified by a British TV show promoting the looting of German war graves - exactly as happened to his own great-uncle's remains.

'Kids as young as ten are considering suicide'
Annelie Bracke, head of the Telephone Pastors in Cologne. Photo: DPA

'Kids as young as ten are considering suicide'
December 28, 2015

The TelefonSeelsorge (Telephone Pastors) counsel millions of desperate callers each year. In 2016 the service will be 60 years old.

Why educated Germans avoid social media
Hint: it's not because of the young people. Photo: DPA

Why educated Germans avoid social media
December 22, 2015

Statistics show that unlike other industrial nations, more highly-educated Germans avoid social networks than people with little or no education. The Local uncovers the facts behind the figures.

Vet's battle for chimp stranded in empty zoo
Marthe Arends and Lolita. Photo: DPA

Vet's battle for chimp stranded in empty zoo
December 22, 2015

When a German vet came across a desperate chimpanzee alone in a deserted African zoo she knew she had to do something to help.

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Teen gets to keep gold found near Hitler’s summer home
The gold bar. Photo: DPA

Teen gets to keep gold found near Hitler’s summer home
2 days ago

A teenager who found a bar of gold in Lake König in the Bavarian Alps in the summer will get to keep it after the owner failed to come forward.

School books CAN call D-Day 'invasion': Berlin court
The Normandy landings. Photo: DPA

School books CAN call D-Day 'invasion': Berlin court
2 days ago

A parent demanded that a book taught at his son’s school which described the Second World War D-Day landings as an invasion be taken off the curriculum. A Berlin court disagreed.

German charity-funded rescue ship to pull refugees from Med
Captain Klaus Vogel with his ship, the Aquarius, in Bremerhaven. Photo: DPA

German charity-funded rescue ship to pull refugees from Med
2 days ago

A privately-funded ship sets off to the Mediterranean sea from the German port of Bremerhaven on Thursday, hoping to save refugees from drowning as they make the dangerous crossing on unsafe boats.

Merkel pledges over 1/4 of UN Syria aid target
The aftermath of a suicide attack in Homs, Syria. Photo: DPA

Merkel pledges over 1/4 of UN Syria aid target
2 days ago

Angela Merkel has pledged €2.3 billion in German aid to victims of the Syrian civil war at a donor conference in London, broadcaster N-tv reports - more than a quarter of the total UN target.

Terror raids in Berlin and NRW
Arrested Islamists may have been targeting Berlin: police
Police leave an apartment in Hannover. photo: DPA

Arrested Islamists may have been targeting Berlin: police
2 days ago

Prosecutors have said that Islamists arrested in Berlin and western Germany on Thursday may have been planning an attack on the capital.

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Asylum seeker found guilty of rape will not be deported
The Traiskirchen refugee camp. Photo: Voice of America/Wikimedia

Asylum seeker found guilty of rape will not be deported
AUSTRIA

A 17-year-old asylum seeker who raped a 72-year-old pensioner has been jailed for 20 months.

Swiss to vote on guaranteed income for all
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Swiss to vote on guaranteed income for all
SWITZERLAND

Pipe dream or practical plan? Swiss voters will soon be voting on a proposal to give every resident — whether they work or not — a guaranteed payment of 2,500 francs a month.

Danish teen fought off her attacker - now she'll face fine
Police said the girl will be fined, even though the pepper spray stopped her attacker. Photo: Colourbox

Danish teen fought off her attacker - now she'll face fine
DENMARK

A 17-year-old girl who was physically and sexually attacked in Sønderborg will herself face charges for using pepper spray to fend off her assailant.

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Horror as man plunges to his death after forgetting his keys
Screen grab: LaSexta

Horror as man plunges to his death after forgetting his keys
SPAIN

A man plummeted to his death after trying to scale his apartment building in Alicante after locking himself out.

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