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Jet-setters rejoice: roaming price caps start Saturday
EU mobile users will soon be calling from Alicante to Zagreb at lower prices. Photo: DPA

Phoning and surfing while abroad is about to get a lot cheaper in the EU as new rules limiting how much mobile operators can charge come into force on Saturday.

Germany greens streets with €4,000 discount on every e-car
Photo: DPA

Germany will subsidise electric car purchases to give a jolt to sluggish growth in the sector and help meet national climate goals with zero-emission mobility, the government said Wednesday.

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Hundreds of flights cancelled as strikes hit airports
Airport firefighters in Frankfurt stand in front of their fire engine with a Verdi union banner. Photo: DPA

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at airports across Germany as public sector workers walked out in a “warning strike” over pay.

Berlin’s new airport 'may never open’: planner
Berlin Brandenburg Airport. Photo: DPA

The man formerly responsible for planning Berlin’s much-delayed international airport has claimed the air hub will never open, after a series of failures have left city authorities red faced.

Lufthansa slashes 895 flights over Wednesday strike
Photo: DPA

Six German airports will face strikes on Wednesday, with Europe's largest airline Lufthansa warning that almost 900 flights will be cancelled.

Strikes to hit major German airports next Wednesday
Photo: DPA

Flight delays and cancellations are expected at several German airports, including the main hub Frankfurt, next Wednesday due to ground personnel strikes announced by a services union.

Inspectors smuggle bomb parts through Cologne airport
Photo: DPA

EU authorities have managed to smuggle dangerous weaponry through Cologne-Bonn airport, raising concerns about the effectiveness of security controls there.

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7 breathtaking national parks to visit in Germany
The Bastei Bridge in the Saxon Switzerland National Park. Photo: Thomas Wolf/Wikimedia Commons.

Now that the days are getting longer and the sun is peeking out more often from behind the clouds, perhaps it’s time to seek out a new place to enjoy the spring weather.

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.

Berlin Airport PR chief fired for calling project 'shit show’
Grass growing through cracks at Berlin's long-delayed new airport. Photo: DPA

The new spin doctor for Berlin’s embarrassingly delayed new airport found honesty doesn’t pay in his business on Monday, when he was fired after just three months in the job.

Asylum seekers' hike ends in disaster
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Three asylum seekers who decided to take a hike in mountains on the border between Austria and Germany were seriously injured after falling off the edge of a cliff.

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.

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Eight things you never knew about the German Autobahn
The German Autobahn. Photo: DPA

Germany's Autobahns are the envy of the world, and are associated with one thing above all - speed. But here are eight things you never knew about the iconic German tarmac.

Families outraged at tribute to suicidal Germanwings copilot
People leave tributes at a memorial to schoolchildren killed in the fatal crash in Haltern am See, North Rhine-Westphalia. Photo: DPA

Families of the victims of last year's Germanwings crash deliberately caused by a suicidal co-pilot expressed outrage on Monday after his parents placed a heartfelt newspaper announcement in his memory.

Nine bikers killed in deadly spring weekend
File photo: DPA

Getting back in the saddle after a long break can be risky.

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