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Attacks on train staff surge by 25 percent
Security staff at Frankfurt main station. Photo: DPA

Attacks on train staff surge by 25 percent

Attacks on train staff increased by 25 percent in 2014, rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) said on Wednesday, although there were fewer cases of violence against passengers. READ  

Deutsche Bahn brings drivers back to table
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Deutsche Bahn brings drivers back to table

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said on Monday that it would resume talks with the German Train Drivers' Union (GDL), pushing back the possibility of further crippling strikes. READ  

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Bike-friendly Münster leaves cities in the dust
Cycling through the snow towards the university in Münster. Photo: DPA

Bike-friendly Münster leaves cities in the dust

If you're looking for the best city in Germany for cycling, the German Cycling Club (ADFC) says Münster is top of the class. But cycling enthusiasts tell The Local that even in Germany's bike-friendliest city there's always more to be done. READ  

Police catch teen who stole island's only car
The car-free paradise of Langeoog. Photo: DPA

Police catch teen who stole island's only car

Police on the car-free North Sea island of Langeoog were stunned to find themselves investigating a case of driving without a license. READ  

Eviction doesn't scare Berlin Airbnb hosts
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Eviction doesn't scare Berlin Airbnb hosts

Airbnb users in Berlin told The Local that they wouldn't be put off the service, despite a court deciding that landlords could evict tenants who use it to sublet their apartments. READ  

Train strikes
Train drivers confirm new strikes
Trains cancelled. Photo: DPA

Train drivers confirm new strikes

German Train Drivers' Union (GDL) boss Claus Weselsky said on Wednesday that his members would walk off the job after DB refused to accept an ultimatum he issued earlier in the week, although he did not say when or for how long they would strike. READ  

Deutsche Bahn rejects drivers' strike ultimatum
Train drivers' union (GDL) leader Claus Weselsky with a train. Photo: DPA

Deutsche Bahn rejects drivers' strike ultimatum

Update: Deutsche Bahn (DB) has rejected an ultimatum issued by the Train Drivers' Union (GDL) on Monday, which means nationwide rail strikes may be on the horizon for Wednesday. READ  

Karneval revellers keep first responders busy
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Karneval revellers keep first responders busy

Alaaf! The Rhineland is in full Karneval swing, but not all the festivities were peaceful, as police were called to dozens of fights and pulled revellers out of the crowds on Thursday. READ  

Pilots' strike grounds 340 Germanwings flights
Deserted checkout counters at Cologne-Bonn airport on Thursday morning. Photo: DPA

Pilots' strike grounds 340 Germanwings flights

Germanwings, the low-cost subsidiary of German airline Lufthansa, said it has cancelled close to 340 outbound flights from Germany on Thursday and Friday owing to a strike by pilots. READ  

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Tourist or lifer: what sort of expat are you?

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Tourist or lifer: what sort of expat are you?

The adventurous (or lost) souls who choose to start up life in another country come in all shapes and sizes, and relate to their home and adopted countries in different ways. See where on the spectrum you fit in. READ  

Germans tail(gate) Swedes as best drivers
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Germans tail(gate) Swedes as best drivers

European perceptions of Germans as safe and considerate drivers were partially borne out by a new survey released on Thursday. But beware of offended ones behind you… READ  

Germanwings pilots call for two day strike
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Germanwings pilots call for two day strike

Got tickets to fly Germanwings on Thursday or Friday? You may have to make alternate travel arrangements as the airline warns of "considerable disruption". READ  

Germany draws record number of tourists
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Germany draws record number of tourists

Germany attracted a record number of foreign visitors in 2014, the federal statistics office said on Tuesday. READ  

Drunk passenger forces landing over bomb threat

Drunk passenger forces landing over bomb threat

A drunken man forced a Ryanair Boeing 737 to land in Berlin after making repeated threats to the crew that he had a bomb on board, police reported on Tuesday. READ  

DB to deter thieves with paint bombs
Just the ticket! Photo: DPA

DB to deter thieves with paint bombs

With millions caused in damage to station ticket machines annually, Deutsche Bahn is fitting thousands of paint charges to destroy paper money during break-ins or vandalism. READ  

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