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Yes, you CAN buy '50 Shades' before 10pm
Photo: Loic Le Meur Flickr Creative Commons.

Yes, you CAN buy '50 Shades' before 10pm

The internet has been abuzz this week over reports that Germany has banned the sale of adult e-books before 10pm. But book industry officials told The Local that the issue has been falsely reported. READ  

Berlin Philharmonic finally picks conductor
Conductor Kirill Petrenko. Photo: DPA

Berlin Philharmonic finally picks conductor

The prestigious Berlin Philharmonic, regarded as one of the world's best orchestras, has chosen 43-year-old Russian conductor Kirill Petrenko as its new chief conductor, media reports said Monday. READ  

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Winnie the Pooh translator passes away
Harry Rowohlt with his trademark bristling beard and round glasses. Photo: DPA

Winnie the Pooh translator passes away

Harry Rowohlt, the first person to translate Winnie the Pooh into German and a respected translator and publisher – not to mention a lover of Irish whiskey and a soap opera actor – has died aged 70. READ  

Student is worst TV quiz contestant in 15 years
Wer Wird Millionär host Günther Jauch. Photo: DPA

Student is worst TV quiz contestant in 15 years

A 20-year-old student from Aachen had the dubious honour on Monday night of being the first ever contestant on "Wer Wird Millionär" - Germany's version of quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - to answer the first question wrong. READ  

Van Gogh goes under the hammer in Berlin
Vincent van Gogh's Head of a Peasant Woman: Right Profile goes up for auction in Berlin on June 4th. Photo: DPA.

Van Gogh goes under the hammer in Berlin

An early work by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh is going under the hammer at an auction house in Berlin on Thursday, with an estimated price of up to €800,000. READ  

Eva Braun's 'panties' up for sale in US
Adolf Hitler with wife Eva Braun. Photo: DPA.

Eva Braun's 'panties' up for sale in US

A thrift shop in Ohio claim they have the authentic underwear of Adolf Hitler's wife Eva Braun. The asking price? $7,500. READ  

The Local Music
What's topping the German charts in June
Lena: coming in at number 14 in the German charts. Photo: Universal

What's topping the German charts in June

In the mood for some high-quality German pop music? Then look no further. Here is the lowdown on five chart –topping tunes making waves in Germany this June. READ  

Two German restaurants make world's top 50
Vendôme chef Joachim Wissler, whose restaurant ranked number 30 worldwide. Photo: DPA.

Two German restaurants make world's top 50

Two leaders in modern German cuisine made it onto a British food organization's annual list of the world's best restaurants, although both slipped in the rankings. READ  

This week in history
Fassbinder: New German Film's Enfant Terrible
Rainer Fassbinder on set in 1977. Photo: DPA

Fassbinder: New German Film's Enfant Terrible

On Sunday May 31st, Rainer Weiner Fassbinder, one of the most influential German film directors, would have turned 70 - had it not been for his death at the age of 37 in 1982. The Local takes a look back at the life and work of the enfant terrible of New German Cinema. READ  

10 facts to celebrate Leipzig's 1,000th birthday
Leipzig's impressive skyline. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

10 facts to celebrate Leipzig's 1,000th birthday

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. READ  

Sotheby's sells Nazi-era art trove find
Some 1,600 works of art were found behind this door in 2012. Photo: DPA

Sotheby's sells Nazi-era art trove find

A painting by Max Liebermann from a Nazi-era art trove found in Germany last year will go on sale in London next month, the first from the collection to be sold off, Sotheby's said on Friday. READ  

Carnival of Cultures in Berlin: six top picks
The dazzling colour of 2014's festival parade. Photo: Karneval der Kulturen

Carnival of Cultures in Berlin: six top picks

This weekend Berlin will be lit up by the vibrancy and colour of the Carnival of Cultures, an annual four-day urban festival that celebrates the diversity of Germany's capital. Here are six things not to miss. READ  

Police discover Hitler's long-lost bronze horses
One of the lost horses outside Hitler's Reich Chancellery in 1939 and Adolf Hitler. Photos: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1985-064-24A / DPA

Police discover Hitler's long-lost bronze horses

German police on Wednesday recovered two life-sized bronze sculptures of horses worth millions that once stood outside Adolf Hitler's chancellery but vanished in the year the Berlin Wall fell. READ  

The Local List
Ten ingenious German abbreviations
What does Haribo stand for? Photo: DPA

Ten ingenious German abbreviations

Every language has its own abbreviations and acronyms, but German takes things to a whole new level by combining the two. Perhaps it's only fair given how long the words get. READ  

Craft craze brings variety to German brewing
Variety is the spice of life. Photo: DPA

Craft craze brings variety to German brewing

To celebrate German Beer Day, the anniversary of the Purity Law of 1516, The Local takes a look at the state of the beer market in Germany and the craft beer craze taking over Berlin. READ  

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