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Here's why Munich is worth 20 times more than Berlin
BMW's headquarters in Munich. Photo: DPA

The Bavarian capital leaves other German cities in the dust when it comes to where the highest-valued companies choose to plant their flag.

New father's tragic herpes warning touches 1000s online
A baby in intensive care. File photo: DPA

Tens of thousands of people in Germany have shared a Facebook post in which a new father explains how dangerous the herpes virus can be to babies – as illustrated by the tragic case of his own son.

Don't read Erdogan bestiality poem in public: court to comic
Recep Tayyip Erdogan (l) and Jan Böhmermann (r). Photo: DPA

A Hamburg court on Tuesday banned the author of a poem lampooning Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from publicly reciting passages from his work.

Shy tenants take sting out of German rent controls
Photo: DPA

With rents shooting up in Berlin, the government stepped in last year on the side of the tenant. But so far the measures haven’t worked.

Headless Lübeck corpse turns out to be discarded sex doll
Are sex dolls becoming too realistic? File Photo: Creative Commons

Police were called out on Wednesday to the scene of what seemed to be a grisly murder. But they were soon able to put the finder’s mind to rest.

Giant fire casts pall over Hamburg city festival
Photo: DPA

The final day of Hamburg's "harbour birthday" was overshadowed by smoke on Sunday when a massive fire broke out in the port district, although no-one was hurt.

'More cameras than flying stones' at Berlin May Day
Police in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Photo: DPA

Berlin is a traditional hot spot of trouble during Labour Day demonstrations on May 1st. But the situation remained relatively calm this year with only a short outbreak of violence from the far left.

Gay penguins left in peace after breeding plans stall
King penguins in Berlin zoo in 2014. File photo: DPA

Two male king penguins who didn't quite live up to their keepers' plans for them to go forth and multiply have been moved from Berlin to Hamburg zoo.

Hamburg left rejects call for German flags outside schools
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Conservatives in Hamburg met with ridicule on Monday after they proposed ordering all public schools to raise German and European flags.

Widower sues over pornstar wife’s fatal fifth boob job
Tim and Carolin Wosnitza in TV show 'Death of the Elbe'. Photo: DPA

Pornstar "Sexy Cora" was only 23-years-old when she went to have her fifth breast enlargement. The operation proved fatal and now her husband is suing the clinic that performed it.

Islam-critical French play is huge hit in Hamburg
Edgar Selge in Submission at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg. Photo: DPA

A stage adaptation of French novel "Submission", in which a Muslim president takes power in 2022 France, sold out at its Hamburg premier last weekend.

The German streets that honour murderers and racists
Photo: DPA

Despite Germany's reputation for being self-critical with its past, some German street names still pay homage to historical figures who left cruel and racist legacies.

Mayor stops watching BDSM porn to defend Constitution
A woman chained to a wall in latex clothes. Photo: Olivier T/Wikimedia Commons

A mayor has been left red-faced after a screenshot of his internet browser gave away apparently racy details about his private life.

Man plunges car into river Elbe on orders from satnav
The ferry station at Bleckede. Photo: DPA

Apparently affirming the stereotype that Germans always obey those in authority, a man drove into the river Elbe on Thursday after blindly following his Sat Nav.

Women plan protests against 'pro-rape' pickup artists
Roosh V has argued for the legalization of rape in past blog posts. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Protests are being organized in cities across Germany – including Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich – against meetings by followers of pickup artist Roosh V, who has argued for legalizing rape.

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