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Oktoberfest and the Refugee Crisis
Munich plans to keep revellers, refugees apart
Police and refugees at Munich Central Station. Photo: DPA

Munich plans to keep revellers, refugees apart

1 hour ago

Police in Munich are preparing a significant operation to ensure that drunken revelers at Oktoberfest are kept away from refugees arriving at the city's central station from Budapest.

FC Bayern takes refugee kids under its wing
Players will walk into the Allianz Arena hand-in-hand with young refugees on September 12th. Photo: DPA

FC Bayern takes refugee kids under its wing

1 day ago

FC Bayern Munich said on Thursday that it would help young refugees learn German and play football and donate €1m of the proceeds from an upcoming friendly match.

Munich woman bit sex attacker's tongue off
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Munich woman bit sex attacker's tongue off

2 days ago

A mother in Bavaria managed to bite off the tongue of a sex attacker who targeted her and her teenage daughter in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Bavarian minister uses n-word on live TV
Singer Roberto Blanco (left) and Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann (right). Photo: DPA:

Bavarian minister uses n-word on live TV

3 days ago

Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann (CDU) has become the target of widespread outrage after calling singer Roberto Blanco a "wonderful negro" on live television - and failing to apologize when challenged on Tuesday morning.

Migrant crisis
Munich police swamped with refugee donations
A woman working for Refugee Aid Munich (Flüchtlingshilfe München) hands a soft toy to a refugee child. Photo: DPA

Munich police swamped with refugee donations

3 days ago

UPDATE: As over 1,000 refugees arrived in Munich from Hungary by train on Tuesday, police in the Bavarian capital said they were "overwhelmed" by the amount of food, water and other supplies donated by local people to those in need.

Footballers gone wild
Neuer's 'glass palace' angers idyllic village
Tegernsee is a famous beauty sport. Photo: DPA

Neuer's 'glass palace' angers idyllic village

August 28, 2015

Villagers in the picturesque Bavarian region of Tegernsee are bristling at World Cup-winning Germany goalkeeper and Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer's plan to build a huge glass villa on the shores of their beautiful lake.

Champions League
Bayern get lucky in Champs League draw
FC Barcelona' Sports Manager Andoni Zubizarreta draws FC Bayern Munich during the draw ceremony for the UEFA Champions League group stage on Thursday. Photo: DPA

Bayern get lucky in Champs League draw

August 28, 2015

Bundesliga titans Bayern Munich were celebrating on Thursday evening after a Champions League draw that made them clear favourites in their group. Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach weren't so lucky.

Four-legged Bavarian hitch-hiker gets free ride
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Four-legged Bavarian hitch-hiker gets free ride

August 25, 2015

Lack of a thumb to stick out didn't stop one dog in Bavaria getting from A to B this week – when it played dead to hitch a ride with a local motorist.

Burnt bratwurst causes Munich station panic
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Burnt bratwurst causes Munich station panic

August 25, 2015

Two fire engines were called into action at Munich central station on Tuesday and local trains didn't stop at the station for fifteen minutes – all because an overcooked bratwurst had set off a fire alarm.

Bavaria fights activist assault on cow bells
Is this the face of an animal in pain? Photo: DPA

Bavaria fights activist assault on cow bells

August 24, 2015

Animal rights activists have demanded that one of the signature sounds of the Bavarian Alps – the gentle ringing of distant cow bells – be brought to an end, claiming it is cruel to the animals.

Climate change to raise price of German beer
You may be able to drink your weight (or height) in beer, but climate change might make it less affordable to do so. Photo: DPA

Climate change to raise price of German beer

August 21, 2015

Beer is often cheaper than water in Germany, but a new study says climate change may threaten the low prices of the country’s beloved brewed beverage.

Hand grenade found in Bavarian rail station
File photo: DPA

Hand grenade found in Bavarian rail station

August 20, 2015

A train passenger at the station in Starnberg, near Munich, found a hand grenade with no fuse on the platform on Wednesday evening.

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.

Kidnappers give up body of 17-year-old victim
A photo of Anneli, who police confirmed had been found dead in a case that has shaken the country. Photo: DPA.

Kidnappers give up body of 17-year-old victim

August 18, 2015

Police confirmed on Tuesday that the 17-year-old daughter of a Saxon businessman was found dead near Meißen after being kidnapped and held for ransom last week.

Oktoberfest reveals official beer mug of 2015
This lady will have to up her game if she wants to be a credible beer server at Oktoberfest. Photo: DPA

Oktoberfest reveals official beer mug of 2015

August 18, 2015

As work begins to pitch the tents and stock the bars for Oktoberfest in Munich, the festival organizers gathered on Tuesday to present the official litre mug that will grace the hands of visitors this year.

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