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Raging ticket controller seizes Chinese traveler's passport
File photo of a plainclothes ticket controller. Photo: DPA.

Germany's national rail operator is in hot water after a ticket controller reacted aggressively to a newly arrived Chinese traveler who made one of the most basic transit mistakes: forgetting to stamp her ticket.

'Shit show' Berlin airport
Plan to open Berlin airport in 2017 finally (inevitably) dead
Passengers won't be walking beneath Willy Brandt's name in lights any time soon. Photo: DPA

Travellers are set to wait still longer for Berlin's much-delayed new airport to open, as city media report that a provisional opening date in late 2017 is no longer achievable.

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13 (even more) thrilling facts you must know about Berlin
Berlin, du bist so wunderbar. Photo: DPA.

Berlin is just so gosh darn interesting, we couldn't fit it all into the first list on our website of infinite virtual space.

We'll crush German airlines, boasts Ryanair boss
Michael O’Leary. Photo: DPA

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has told a German newspaper that German rivals Air Berlin and Eurowings are doomed.

The Local's ultimate guide to summer in Germany
Photo: DPA

Whether you plan to pack your summer with extreme sports or spend it drinking beers in a Berlin park, we've got you covered in our comprehensive guide.

Alps plane crash
Top doctor blasts Lufthansa over pilots' mental health
Debris from the flight 4U9525 crash seen in the Alps. Photo: French Interior Ministry/DPA

The head of Germany's doctors' association has lashed out at Lufthansa for failing to prevent last year's Germanwings crash by allowing a pilot suffering from severe depression to fly.

'Known Salafist' allowed to work at Berlin airports
Berlin's Tegel airport seen from the air. Photo: DPA

A worker was allowed access to secure areas of both of Berlin's airports for up to 10 months after authorities found out he had links to fundamentalist Islam, media reported on Wednesday.

Smoke in cockpit forces pilots into emergency landing
A Germanwings plane. File photo: DPA

A Germanwings flight from Dresden to Düsseldorf was forced into an emergency landing on Monday evening after smoke appeared in the cockpit.

Brit in critical condition after driving on wrong side of road
Firefighters examine the wrecked British car. Photo: Polizei Adenau.

A British man is in life-threatening condition in southwest Germany after he caused an accident by mistakenly driving on the left side of the road.

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5 reasons to drop everything and go to Stuttgart right now
A glorious evening on the Schlossplatz in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA

The capital of Baden-Württemberg isn't just home to some of Germany's best-loved auto brands – it's a city with a rich history and buzzing life of its own to discover.

Hundreds of hosts ignore Berlin’s Airbnb ban
Photo: DPA

People who rent out whole apartments online are threatened with huge fines under a new rule in the German capital. But that isn’t stopping many landlords from continuing to cash in.

Berlin cracks down on Airbnb rentals to cool market
The Airbnb trend has also impacted the local hotel industry. Photo: DPA

German capital wants to keep housing affordable.

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.

Airport strikes
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.

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