Berlin’s public transport company forbids free iPhone app

Berlin’s public transport company forbids free iPhone app

Berlin public transportation company BVG has banned a beloved iPhone application developed by a 21-year-old student to help people navigate the city’s intricate metro system, daily Die Tageszeitung reported on Friday.

Ballack to remain national team captain

Ballack to remain national team captain

Michael Ballack will remain captain of the German national football team after clearing the air with coach Joachim Löw – the target of criticism by the Cheslea star.

Hamburg addresses racism by bouncers on the Reeperbahn

Hamburg addresses racism by bouncers on the Reeperbahn

Hamburg politicians are spearheading a discussion about racist discrimination by club bouncers in the city’s famous red-light Reeperbahn district after recent complaints from an Ethiopian patron.

Education ministry defends university fees

Education ministry defends university fees

The German Education Ministry defended tuition fees for university students on Friday, despite a new study finding fees to be among the top reasons students give up on higher education.

Thieves pilfer cash machine with a bang

Thieves pilfer cash machine with a bang

A window rattling boom woke up residents of Elmenhorst in the eastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania early on Friday after thieves used explosives to boost a bank's cash machine.

How do I cancel German contracts?

How do I cancel German contracts?

Got a question about life in Germany? The first instalment of Ask The Local explores the frequently confusing ins and outs of German contracts.

Hypo Real Estate gets first cash injection

Hypo Real Estate gets first cash injection

Troubled German property lender Hypo Real Estate has obtained a €15 billion ($19.3 billion) state loan guarantee under the government rescue plan for the banking sector, a spokesman said late on Thursday.

Puma leaps over weak economy

Puma leaps over weak economy

The German sportswear company Puma posted on Friday stable third-quarter results despite weaker economic activity worldwide and raised slightly its 2008 sales outlook, but still failed to convince investors.

Australia snubs doc and Down Syndrome son

Australia snubs doc and Down Syndrome son

Australia's decision to deny a German-born doctor permanent residency because his son has Down Syndrome sparked outrage Friday from disability groups who described the system as "archaic."

No treat for Halloween fans in Bavaria

No treat for Halloween fans in Bavaria

Bavarian Halloween fans are in for a shock on Friday night, when party-going zombies, witches and other monsters will be horrified to see their celebrations shut down at midnight for the Church holiday All Saints Day.

Train schedule delays will last until Christmas

Train schedule delays will last until Christmas

German railway provider Deutsche Bahn has announced train schedule interruptions and delays throughout the Christmas holidays.

German MPs warn against selling subs to Pakistan

German MPs warn against selling subs to Pakistan

The Social Democratic Party’s foreign policy expert in parliament on Friday warned the German government against selling Pakistan three submarines.

Berliners say farewell to fabled Tempelhof

Berliners say farewell to fabled Tempelhof

Nostalgic Germans on Thursday night bade a fond farewell to Tempelhof, the fabled hub of the Berlin Airlift, as it closed to make way for a major new airport to serve the reunified capital.