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Merkel backs EU ‘associate’ status for Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said during a visit to Kiev that Ukraine should become an "associate member" of the European Union, warning that full membership was not on the agenda.

Representing Germany’s US Democrats in Denver

Representing Germany’s US Democrats in Denver

On the eve of presumptive US presidential nominee Barack Obama's highly-anticipated speech in Berlin on July 24, Democrats Abroad delegate, Shari Temple, tells The Local what's important to American voters living in Germany and why Germans are so fascinated with Obama.

Germany sees growth slowing dramatically

Germany sees growth slowing dramatically

The German Finance Ministry said on Monday it expects the world’s third largest economy to cool considerable after growth in the second quarter slowed dramatically.

Oktoberfest tent spots already booked up

Oktoberfest tent spots already booked up

Nine weeks before Munich's famed Oktoberfest is to begin, German media is reporting that the famous beer tents are already booked solid.

Leipzig University puts 4th century bible online

Leipzig University puts 4th century bible online

One of the world's oldest Bibles, the Codex Sinaiticus, discovered in Egypt in the 19th century, is to be made available online this week, the Leipzig University library said on Monday.

Thieves steal excavator and mow down German bank for ATM

Thieves steal excavator and mow down German bank for ATM

Thieves in Rheinau in the German state of Baden-Württemberg broke into a bank and stole a cash machine using an excavator they took from a nearby construction site, police reported Monday.

Protestors released after German army induction ceremony scuffle

Protestors released after German army induction ceremony scuffle

Seven German demonstrators who were arrested in Berlin on Sunday during the first-ever swearing in ceremony for new Bundeswehr recruits in front of the Reichstag parliament building have been released, police said on Monday.

MEND rebels in Niger Delta to help free kidnapped Germans

MEND rebels in Niger Delta to help free kidnapped Germans

The most prominent armed group in the restive Niger Delta, MEND, promised Monday to assist in the release of two German construction workers seized earlier this month by unknown gunmen.

Russian billionaire Mordashov boosts stake in travel group TUI

Russian billionaire Mordashov boosts stake in travel group TUI

Russian billionaire Alexei Mordashov has increased his stake in Germany's TUI, one of the leading European travel and shipping groups, to 15.03 percent, a statement to the stock market said on Monday.

Olympic ice-kings Germany look for summer glory in Beijing

Olympic ice-kings Germany look for summer glory in Beijing

Germany may have topped the medal table at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games, but they face a challenge to excel in the sweltering heat of Beijing next month in their traditional disciplines.

After 57 years, Wolfgang Wagner bows out in Bayreuth

After 57 years, Wolfgang Wagner bows out in Bayreuth

The Richard Wagner bicentenary is still five years off and the Bayreuth Festival’s 100th edition even further along in 2011, but this year’s events on the fabled Green Hill in Germany will make history for another reason.

Jogger reports possible bear in Hesse

Jogger reports possible bear in Hesse

Hesse police have reported another bear sighting in Lahn-Dill county, after the first sighting this month turned out to be a circus llama.

Record 1.6 mln partyers heat up Love Parade

Record 1.6 mln partyers heat up Love Parade

A record 1.6 million people took part in the Love Parade in Dortmund over the weekend, partying into Sunday morning at the world’s largest techno party, police reported.