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Merkel’s party mate wants to get rid of all Karl Marx streets
Karl Marx and one of the roadways in Berlin named for him. Photos: Wikimedia Commons, Nicor

Hundreds of streets are named after the founder of communism, but this conservative politician wants to give Marx the boot.

State elections
6 reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
Photo: DPA

With state elections around the corner, The Local looks at the poor side of Germany's "poor but sexy" capital city.

Vast majority of Germans in favour of burqa ban: poll
Women wearing niqab veils in Saudi Arabia. Photo: DPA.

A survey found that the vast majority of respondents were in favour of Germany passing a ban on the full-body veil sometimes worn by Muslim women.

Germany-denying beauty king fights cops with guns, teeth
Left: Adrian Ursache in his glam days as the 1998 Mr. Germany. Right: Police trying to evict him from his own 'country'. Photos: DPA.

Former Mr. Germany winner and founder of a group that denies the existence of Germany refused to be evicted, provoking a shootout - and bite-out - with police.

Mayor fires refugee project intern for wearing headscarf
File photo: DPA.

A Palestinian who was hired to work as an intern on a refugee project was fired by a town hall this week because she wouldn't take off her headscarf.

Travellers stuck after dozy train driver forgets Freiburg
Photo: DPA

It's one thing to miss a train - it's another when the train misses you.

Teachers' union: school burqa bans only isolate girls more
Women wearing niqabs. Photo: DPA.

A German trade union for teachers has warned of the consequences of banning certain religious attire in schools after a teen this week was told she could not wear a face veil to school.

Government warns of dangers of vegan diet
Photo: DPA

The German government has warned that in some circumstances a vegan diet can be harmful to a person's health, as the non-meat, non-dairy lifestyle experiences a boom in Berlin.

Work until 69? Germans riled by Bundesbank call
According to estimates by the economic think-tank IW Institute in Cologne, Germans would need to work until 73 if they want to maintain their pensions. Photo: Paul Triplett via Flickr

Would you work to 69?

Kanye West pop-up store opens in Kreuzberg, Berlin
Photo: Pexels

Long queues and traffic delays are expected.

Interior minister proposes partial burqa ban
Photo: DPA

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere came out on Friday in favour of a partial burqa ban amid a fierce national debate on integration.

Worried neighbours alert police to parrot’s cry for help
File photo: DPA.

New neighbours were startled to hear what they thought was a child crying for help in a small west German town - until police discovered the true birdbrain behind the calls.

Far right in uproar after police break up 'political' BBQ
File photo: DPA.

Local officials say the group hid their political reasons for meeting from the city in order to rent out a space to grill.

Berlin fires refugee home firm after jokes about killing kids
Refugee children from Iraq play during a sports programme hosted by the firm PeWoBe. Photo: DPA.

The emails published by Berlin media reveal that refugee home managers pondered setting up a "child guillotine" and giving certain jobs to the "maximally pigmented".

Man injured in 'knife and gun' attack in Cologne
Police at the crime scene in Cologne. Photo: DPA.

A fight between several people resulted in one man being sent to hospital with serious injuries on Monday morning.

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