Germany regrets Irish EU treaty rejection

Germany regrets Irish EU treaty rejection

German politicians reacted with regret to the rejection of the EU Lisbon Treaty by Irish voters on Friday.

Schweinsteiger banned as Germany ponders loss to Croatia

Schweinsteiger banned as Germany ponders loss to Croatia

Shown a red card against Croatia, German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been banned for one match by UEFA and will miss Monday's clash with Austria in Vienna with a Euro 2008 quarterfinal place at stake.

Deutsche Post to privatize its post office branches

Deutsche Post to privatize its post office branches

Deutsche Post is planning to privatize all of its local branches by outsourcing mail services to retailers, Germany's state-owned postal giant said on Friday in Bonn.

Majority of Germans say their language is ‘degenerating’

Majority of Germans say their language is ‘degenerating’

Some 65 percent of Germans believe their language is constantly "degenerating," according to a survey released by the German Language Council and the Society for the German Language on Friday.

Cheating scandal forces 28,000 Berlin students to retake exam

Cheating scandal forces 28,000 Berlin students to retake exam

Berlin authorities have launched a criminal investigation and are insisting 28,000 10th grade students retake their final mathematics test after discovering it was distributed in as many as 15 schools around the city before the test date.

Fear and loathing in Brandenburg

Fear and loathing in Brandenburg

Welcome to Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s new column pondering life in Germany. In his first dispatch, Portnoy opines on US President George Bush’s last visit to the Fatherland.

Berlin aims to fight piracy on the high seas

Berlin aims to fight piracy on the high seas

The German government wants the country’s marine forces to fight international piracy.

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German inflation reaches 3.0 percent in May

German inflation reached 3.0 percent in May as the cost of energy stoked consumer price increases in the biggest European economy, figures released Friday by the Federal Statistics Office showed.

Munich celebrates 850th anniversary

Munich celebrates 850th anniversary

Bavarians celebrate the 850th anniversary of Munich on Friday with a party that will last into the weekend and with special events all summer.

German football reporter makes bomb threat to delay plane

German football reporter makes bomb threat to delay plane

A German journalist covering the European football championship tried to delay his flight from the northern Italian city of Verona to Vienna by making a fake bomb threat, according to reports in the Italian media.

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Merkel hits the road for German education offensive

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a national education offensive beginning with a fact-finding tour the length and breadth of the country.