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'Berlin is kind of like the best American city'
Canadian composer and performer Owen Pallett. Photo: Brian Vu

'Berlin is kind of like the best American city'

2 days ago

The Local speaks with Oscar-nominated Canadian musician Owen Pallett about performing at legendary Berlin club Berghain - and just why the world's artists are so fascinated with the German capital.

Knut autopsy could help human disease sufferers
Knut died in front of visitors at Berlin Zoo in 2011. Photo: DPA

Knut autopsy could help human disease sufferers

2 days ago

Four years after Berlin's celebrity polar bear Knut died, a neuroscientist has discovered the cause of death - an autoimmune disorder which affected his brain.

Berlin imam 'hypnotized and groped' woman
The district court in Schöneberg, Berlin. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

Berlin imam 'hypnotized and groped' woman

August 26, 2015

A young woman from Berlin told a court on Tuesday that an Imam hypnotized her as a form of marriage counselling, but then proceeded to sexually molest her when he thought she had lost consciousness.

Bomb threat tops flood of SPD hate mail
A police officer standing outside the SPD's Willy-Brandt-Haus headquarters during the evacuation. Photo: DPA

Bomb threat tops flood of SPD hate mail

August 25, 2015

The headquarters of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners, was evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after a bomb threat. The party has been targeted by the far-right since leader Sigmar Gabriel called anti-refugee demonstrators "vermin" on Monday.

Police arrest teen over Berlin knife attack
Weist and her friend were attacked in Friedrichshain's RAW-Gelände, a popular clubbing spot. Photo: DPA

Police arrest teen over Berlin knife attack

August 25, 2015

Police in Berlin have arrested a 15-year-old following last week's brutal knife attack on a German rock band singer and her friend at the busy RAW party district.

Foiled train attack
Thalys train gunman was questioned in Berlin
A police forensics worker examining the crime scene on the Thalys train. Photo: DPA

Thalys train gunman was questioned in Berlin

August 25, 2015

The man who was stopped from carrying out a gun attack in a train from Amsterdam to Paris last Friday was questioned by police after setting off a silent alarm before boarding a Berlin-Istanbul flight in May.

Neo-Nazis urinate on children in Berlin train
The two men embarked at Berlin's Landsberger Allee station. Photo: Ingolf / Wikimedia Commons

Neo-Nazis urinate on children in Berlin train

August 24, 2015

Two neo-Nazis racially abused a woman and her two children on a Berlin city train this weekend before urinating on them, police said on Monday.

Four arrested over Nazi salute at refugee home
Photo: DPA

Four arrested over Nazi salute at refugee home

August 20, 2015

Four men were arrested in Berlin on Wednesday evening after they showed the Nazi salute (Hitlergruß) in front of an under-construction refugee home.

Signal failure hobbles five Berlin S-Bahn lines
Photo: DPA

Signal failure hobbles five Berlin S-Bahn lines

August 20, 2015

Local rail traffic in Berlin was seriously disrupted on Thursday morning after a signal failure hit five lines of the city's S-Bahn network.

German cities struggle with housing shortage
A construction site in Dresden. Photo: DPA

German cities struggle with housing shortage

August 19, 2015

Too few new flats are being built in Germany's largest cities even as oversupply looms in rural areas, experts at the Institute for the German Economy (IW) in Cologne warned on Wednesday.

East Germany sees half of racist violent crime
Residents of the asylum seekers' shelter in Torgelow, which came under attack this week. Photo: DPA

East Germany sees half of racist violent crime

August 18, 2015

Germany's eastern states played host to almost half of the country's racist acts of violence last year, as well as a large proportion of right-wing extremist crimes – despite the fact that only a fifth of the population lives in these regions.

One killed as storms sweep Germany
Photo: DPA.

One killed as storms sweep Germany

August 17, 2015

Update: The summer sun turned to strong rainstorms over the weekend and into the start of the work week with one fireman found dead on Monday during heavy downpours.

The Local List
Five reasons for dare-devils to visit Germany
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Five reasons for dare-devils to visit Germany

August 14, 2015

A report this week showed that Germany is one of the safest countries in the world, but there's more to do than just snacking on strudel and hemming your Lederhosen. The Local looks at five ways to get your heart racing in Deutschland.

Berlin hot on Paris' heels as tourist destination
Photo: DPA

Berlin hot on Paris' heels as tourist destination

August 14, 2015

After another record-breaking half year of tourism, Berlin is now Europe's third most popular destination behind London and Paris. But it seems there's still some work to be done if Berlin wants to catch up with its rivals any time soon.

Royal visit 2015
How I explained the Queen to the Germans
Victoria Ade-Genschow, aka the British Berliner, with some pipers during Queen Elizabeth II's visit in June. Photo: Pascale Scerbo Sarro

How I explained the Queen to the Germans

August 11, 2015

Victoria Ade-Genschow – aka the British Berliner – had a very special responsibility during the Queen's visit to Berlin in June, appearing on Berlin television to explain just what the royal affair was all about to monarch-crazy Germans.

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