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Conservatives agree on foreigner road toll
Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. Photo: DPA

Conservatives agree on foreigner road toll

UPDATE: Germany's conservative alliance has finally agreed to charge foreign motorway users a toll and hopes to raise €500 million a year, but critics say their plan isn't roadworthy. READ  

Police in manslaughter trial over woman's death
The two policemen (pixelated) and their lawyers in court. Photo: DPA

Police in manslaughter trial over woman's death

Two policemen in western Germany are on trial for manslaughter for allegedly standing by as a woman was gunned down by her husband. READ  

Hooligan marches 'likely to be banned'
Police used water cannon against demonstrators on Sunday. Photo: DPA

Hooligan marches 'likely to be banned'

The German Police Union (DPolG) said on Wednesday that future anti-Islamic marches by hooligan groups, which are planned for Berlin and Hamburg and caused chaos in Cologne on Sunday, could be banned. READ  

Car phone use OK when stopped at lights
Driving like this is still not allowed. Photo: Shutterstock

Car phone use OK when stopped at lights

Drivers in Germany can use their mobile phones whenever their vehicle's motor is not running, including when waiting at a red light, a court ruled on Tuesday. READ  

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'We can't allow a proxy war on German streets'
Police arrest a hooligan in Cologne on Sunday. Photo: DPA

'We can't allow a proxy war on German streets'

Pundits, politicians and police chiefs have all been sticking their oar into the debate over how to deal with the unholy alliance of drunken thugs and far-right politics which came to a head in Cologne on Sunday. READ  

Minister wants to ban hooligan protests
The demonstration in Cologne on Sunday turned violent. Photo: DPA

Minister wants to ban hooligan protests

North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister wants to ban future violent far-right and hooligan demonstrations, following chaotic scenes in Cologne on Sunday in which 44 police officers were injured. READ  

Ludwigshafen blast: Did a cigarette do this?
The explosion in Ludwigshafen left a huge crater at the building site. Photo: DPA

Ludwigshafen blast: Did a cigarette do this?

Police are investigating reports that workers were smoking at a building site where a gas pipe exploded in Ludwigshafen on Thursday, killing one person and destroying part of the town. READ  

Far-right thugs injure 44 officers in Cologne clash
Police used water cannon against the demonstrators. Photo: DPA

Far-right thugs injure 44 officers in Cologne clash

Police deployed water cannon and tear gas against an anti-Salafist demonstration by thousands of hooligans and far-right supporters in central Cologne when it descended into violence on Sunday. READ  

Stay inside after blast, Ludwigshafen told
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Stay inside after blast, Ludwigshafen told

It will take several days to find out what caused a massive explosion on Thursday which rocked a town on the Rhine, killing a builder and injuring 26 others. READ  

Ludwigshafen explosion kills one, injures 26
An eyewitness captured the moment of the explosion on their phone. Photo: DPA

Ludwigshafen explosion kills one, injures 26

UPDATE: One person has died and 26 others are injured after a huge explosion in Ludwigshafen, western Germany on Thursday. READ  

North braces for storms and floods
Cars waiting to be loaded onto the ferry at Bremerhaven, Lower Saxony, were caught in flooding on Wendnesday. Photo: DPA

North braces for storms and floods

UPDATE: The remnants of hurricane Gonzalo have drifted across the Atlantic and are now threatening North German cities with flooding, forecasters warned on Wednesday. The news followed a night of accidents caused by heavy winds in southern Germany. READ  

Tourists stranded on cable car over Rhine
Tuesday night's rescue operation Photo: DPA

Tourists stranded on cable car over Rhine

Six people, including a family and two American tourists, were left dangling 40 metres in the air over the Rhine for hours late on Tuesday after Cologne's cable car came to a halt. READ  

Older workers can have extra days off, court says
Photo: Workers in a German shoe factory. Photo: DPA

Older workers can have extra days off, court says

Older workers in Germany are allowed more time off than younger ones, a court ruled on Tuesday, saying the difference was not discriminatory. READ  

Four arrested in raids against Isis
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Four arrested in raids against Isis

Police raided 15 homes across Germany over the weekend and arrested four suspected supporters of the Islamic State (Isis). They are alleged to have smuggled a teenager and thousands of winter military clothes to the terrorist group's frontlines. READ  

Klopp slams Dortmund as slump continues
Jurgen Klopp looks downcast as Borussia Dortmund suffer another defeat. Photo: DPA

Klopp slams Dortmund as slump continues

Jurgen Klopp slammed his Borussia Dortmund side after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Cologne made it five Bundesliga games without a win ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash at Galatasaray. READ  

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