The Warsaw-Berlin connection

The Warsaw-Berlin connection

Berlin lies a mere 90 kilometres from the Polish border, and German railway operator Deutsche Bahn offers an affordable Berlin-Warsaw Express route. The Local’s Sarah Roberts hopped on board to discover a vibrant city still recovering from a troubled history between the two countries.

Merkel under fire for economy ahead of CDU congress

Merkel under fire for economy ahead of CDU congress

German Chancellor Angela Merkel presides Monday over her party's annual congress ahead of a federal election next year, with the conservatives deeply divided over her response to the global recession.

German military attache targeted in Afghanistan

German military attache targeted in Afghanistan

A suicide attack on a German diplomatic vehicle in Afghanistan's capital Sunday killed two Afghan civilians and wounded at least three, including the driver, Kabul police and the German government said.

Singing Santas square off

Singing Santas square off

Dozens of not-so-secret Santas squared off against each other Saturday, in a competition for Germany's best Santa Claus that included singing, hauling presents on a sleigh and calming excited children.

Merkel against withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

Merkel against withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is against a withdrawal of German soldiers from Afghanistan, saying that such a move would only boost forces keen on destabilizing the country.

Germany reverses position over ‘naked’ scanners

Germany reverses position over ‘naked’ scanners

A German plan to begin lab tests of 'naked' security scanners provoked howls of protest over privacy Saturday, as the government reversed its earlier rejection of the devices.

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Bavarian man killed in police shootout

A 50-year-old man died in southern Germany on Saturday after a shootout with police, who had been called to his home because of a domestic dispute.

Economic stimulus plan ‘ineffective populism’

Economic stimulus plan ‘ineffective populism’

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has defended Berlin's refusal to back a proposed multi-billion-euro economic stimulus plan, dismissing it as "ineffective populist measures".