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Bavaria tries to coax migrants into police force
Joachim Herrmann (cr) with police recruits in Nuremberg. Photo: DPA

Bavaria’s interior ministry has started a campaign to encourage more migrants to join up as officers of the law - whether they have a German passport or not.

Bavarians rush for non-lethal weapons licenses
Photo: DPA

In the first three months of 2016 the number of people who applied for so-called small weapons licences in Bavaria was already double the number for the whole of 2015.

Right-wing populists can use Hitler beer hall: court
AfD leader Frauke Petry now has the right to speak at the famous Hofbräukeller. Photo: DPA

A Munich court has ordered the owner of the famous Hofbräukeller beer hall to allow a party meeting by right-wing populists the Alternative for Germany (AfD) – in the face of protests by the landlord.

Lawyer can call politician 'product of inbreeding': court
Singer Roberto Blanco (left) and Bavarian interior minister Joachim Herrmann (right). Photo: DPA:

A lawyer from southern Germany faced a fine for calling the Bavarian interior minister inbred. But a court has ruled that he is free to use the insult.

Boys, 8, go on two-day robbery spree at toy store
Photo: DPA

Two young children in Bavaria plundered a shop for toys worth hundreds of Euros. When police found out they coolly tried to give them the runaround.

Munich Oktoberfest to get first-ever entrance checks
Bavarian police at the entrance to the Oktoberfest grounds. File photo: DPA

Revellers hoping to join in the carousing at Munich Oktoberfest will have to pass through a security check before entering the festival grounds this year, Munich authorities have said.

Merkel dismisses Bavaria's refugee letter 3 months later
Horst Seehofer and Angela Merkel. Photo: DPA

In January Bavarian leader Horst Seehofer wrote Chancellor Angela Merkel a letter threatening to take the government to court over its refugee policy. On Monday he finally received an answer.

City installs floor traffic lights for smartphone addicts
The floor traffic lights in Augsburg. Photo: DPA

A German town has come up with an innovative way of saving the skin of slumbering ‘smombies’, by embedding traffic lights in the pavement.

Bavaria train crash
Bavaria train crash claims 12th victim 2 months later

The death toll from a German train crash rose to 12 on Wednesday, a day after a rail dispatcher was arrested, accused of having been distracted by a mobile phone game shortly before the accident.

Dürer collection tainted by Nazi past opens in Nuremberg
Albrecht Dürer's Rhinocerous (1515) takes pride of place at the Dürer-Haus museum in Nuremberg. Photo: DPA

The city of Nuremberg opened an exhibition of works by its legendary artist son Albrecht Dürer on Tuesday after they were left to the city by a wealthy businessman.

Diesel cars could face ban from city centres
Cars travel under a display warning of fine particle pollution in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA

A new system of emissions certificates could see diesel cars banned from parts of some German cities.

Bavarian town finally strips Hitler of honorary citizenship
Adolf Hitler. Photo: DPA

Some may say it's too little too late. But 71 years after the end of the Second World War, a Bavarian town is taking a defiant stance against the Nazis - by revoking Hitler’s honourary citizenship.

'Germany should reinforce Austria-Italy border'
Austrian riot police at a demonstration against the reintroduction of border controls at the Brenner Pass on Sunday. Photo: DPA

Germany should send border police to back up Austrian cops as they control their border with Italy in a bid to prevent migrants and refugees moving north through Europe, the Transport Minister said on Tuesday.

Bavarian tractor driver runs amok and rams police station
The damage to the police station is believed to run into tens of thousands of euros. Photo: Bayerische Polizei

Police have caught a man who rammed into a police station with his tractor in one of 2016's most shameless crimes so far.

Bad Aibling train crash
'String of mistakes' led to deadly Bavaria train crash
Emergency services attend a memorial service for the victims of the Bad Aibling train crash in early March. Photo: DPA

Authorities are now certain human error claimed 11 lives and left hundreds more injured in February's horrific crash.

Bavarian brewery takes ‘Nazi beer’ off shelves after outcry
Photo: Erdlinge/Facebook

The beer is called the ‘border fence half’, its price was a well-known neo-Nazi sign and its sell-by date is the anniversary of Kristallnacht. But the brewer insists he's no Nazi.

Terror suspects driving from Belgium arrested in Bavaria
Photo: DPA

Three Kosovan men were arrested by police in southern Bavaria on Tuesday evening driving a car with Belgian licence plates.

Federal cops worked 3 million extra hours in refugee crisis
Photo: DPA

In a sign of the burden placed on federal police by the huge influx of refugees in 2015, the government has revealed the border cops accumulated almost 3 million hours of overtime last year.

Bavarian town goes back to sleep as refugees disappear
Refugees crossing into Germany near Freilassing September 2015. Photo: DPA

Quiet returns to a small Bavarian town on the Austrian border as the refugee flow from the Balkans dries up.

Germany’s last travelling circus bear seized by police
Ben the brown bear. Photo: DPA

There were hectic scenes in eastern Bavaria on Monday, as the circus which owns Germany's last travelling bear tried to hide the animal from police - but to no avail.

Black priest forced out of post by death threats and racism
Photo: DPA

A Congolese priest in Bavaria has stepped down from his post after receiving death threats and being racially insulted by a local politician.

Bavarian bureaucrat steals from poor to give to herself
The money was supposed to go to poor students. Photo: DPA

A bureaucrat in southern Germany has been creaming off huge amounts of money from the state coffers while pretending it was going to needy students, police say.

Bavaria goes wild for butcher's twist on fave food
Master butcher Albert Kohlpaintner with a traditional Weisswurst (r) and one of his new Weisswurst sausage rolls (l). Photo: DPA

Even US President Barack Obama couldn't resist the pallid allure of the Weisswurst, the delicious Bavarian speciality sausage that's eaten for breakfast with sweet mustard. Now it's available for the first time as a sausage roll.

Culture shock: an Italian tries a Bavarian swimming pool
A sauna in Erding, Bavaria. File photo: DPA

Not all Europeans love to get their kit off at any given opportunity. An Italian describes her shock at using a south German bathing facility.

Whole town tries to flee socialist east Germany
The town hall in Sonneberg. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

A town in the former east German state of Thuringia wants to leave the socialist-ruled state and become part of wealthy Bavaria. But the reasons are economic, not political, says the deputy mayor.

Munich New Year terror investigation comes up empty
A police unit laden with weapons and gear at Munich main train station on New Year's Eve. Photo: DPA

State prosecutors in Munich have found no clues about a terror threat to the Bavarian capital on New Year's Eve.

Human error caused Bavaria train crash: prosecutors
The crash site in Bad Aibling. Photo: DPA

It wasn't the technology or the maintenance, but human error that killed eleven people last week.

Under terror suspicion for asking way to town square
The market square in Memmingen. Photo: Wikipedia Commons

A businessman from Baden-Württemberg was treated as a possible terror suspect by police in a small Bavarian town after he asked for directions in the town square.

Bavaria train crash
Controller 'twice tried to warn trains before Bavaria collision'
Flowers at the crash site: Photo: DPA

The rail controller in the south German town where two trains collided on Tuesday twice tried to stop the accident that killed eleven people.

Eleventh victim claimed by Bavaria train crash
Recovery crews watch as a crane lifts one of the train carriages from the site of the wreck outside Bad Aibling, Upper Bavaria. Photo: DPA

A further victim has succumbed to their wounds after Tuesday's horrific train crash in southern Germany.

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