The Local’s year in review

The Local’s year in review

As 2009 kicks off, The Local takes a look back at some of the stories that caught our attention during our first year in Germany.

Loitzl shocks Ammann to take Garmisch ski jump honours

Loitzl shocks Ammann to take Garmisch ski jump honours

Wolfgang Loitzl of Austria won the second stage of the annual Four Hills event at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany on Thursday.

Violence mars Hamburg and Leipzig New Year’s celebrations

Violence mars Hamburg and Leipzig New Year’s celebrations

New Year’s celebrations in several German cities were marred by violent skirmishes with the police – but a million people gathered peacefully to ring in 2009 at the country’s largest Silvester party in Berlin.

Berlin: Ukraine row no threat to gas supplies

Berlin: Ukraine row no threat to gas supplies

Germany said on Thursday that local gas supplies were assured even if Russia's decision to halt deliveries to Ukraine disrupted distribution farther afield.

Germans optimistic about 2009 despite economic gloom

Germans optimistic about 2009 despite economic gloom

An overwhelming majority of Germans are optimistic about what the new year holds despite the all the doom and gloom surrounding the economy.

Probe blames Nepal plane crash on crew

Probe blames Nepal plane crash on crew

An official probe into a plane crash in Nepal's Everest region that killed twelve Germans in October blamed mistakes by the crew for the accident.

What’s on in Germany: January 1 – 7

What’s on in Germany: January 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: Mozart in Berlin, Cuban dancers in Hamburg, and a Tom Waits musical in Munich.