Teen killer promised bloodbath on internet

Teen killer promised bloodbath on internet

The teenage gunman who murdered 15 people in southwestern Germany announced his intention to create a bloodbath just hours beforehand in an internet chatroom, a state official said on Thursday.

German media roundup: Could Winnenden have been prevented?

German media roundup: Could Winnenden have been prevented?

Could the Winnenden massacre have been prevented? With the nation still in shock, German newspapers in The Local’s media roundup engage in some soul-searching following the bloody school rampage in Baden-Württemberg.

Psychologist sees Germany at greater risk for school shootings

Psychologist sees Germany at greater risk for school shootings

Is Germany at greater risk for school massacres such as Winnenden? Psychologist Jens Hoffmann from Darmstadt University discusses how the latest tragedy has revived memories of Erfurt and Columbine.

Kretschmer shot at other teenagers with air pistols before

Kretschmer shot at other teenagers with air pistols before

The dead gunman from Winnenden, Tim Kretschmer, had shot other teenagers before with his collection of air guns, alienating those who tried to befriend him, according to German media reports.

Economist guru Krugman says Germany failing in financial crisis

Economist guru Krugman says Germany failing in financial crisis

Nobel laureate for economics Paul Krugman has slammed the German government for what he says is a far too conservative response to the world economic crisis.

VW races to overtake GM and Toyota

VW races to overtake GM and Toyota

Carmaker Volkswagen is hoping record profits will help it overtake loss-stricken US giant General Motors and Japan's Toyota within nine years, its management revealed on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: March 12 – 18

What’s on in Germany: March 12 – 18

This Week's Highlights: Classic cars roll into Stuttgart, a St. Patrick's Day parade marches through Munich, and Annett Louisan graces the stage in Hamburg.

Archaeology office lets 7,000-year-old boats rot away

Archaeology office lets 7,000-year-old boats rot away

A pair of stone-age boats, thought to be the oldest in Europe, have been allowed to rot in a partially collapsed shed while the northern German regional archaeology authorities stood by broke and helpless, it emerged this week.

US soldier killed by train in Bavaria

US soldier killed by train in Bavaria

A US Army soldier died after being hit by a train near Weiden in the German state of Bavaria, military officials announced on Thursday.

GM says Opel buyer would get patents

GM says Opel buyer would get patents

General Motors has assured the patents of its Opel and Vauxhall units would be part of any deal should they be sold.

Authorities seek school massacre motive

Authorities seek school massacre motive

Authorities said they had found the first indications for the motive behind one of the worst school massacres in Germany’s history on Thursday, a day after a teen gunman murdered 15 people in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Künast wants Greens to commit to ‘traffic-light’ coalition

Künast wants Greens to commit to ‘traffic-light’ coalition

Renate Künast, the Greens' lead candidate for this September's general election, wants her party to commit to a so-called ‘traffic-light’ coalition with the Social and Free Democrats.

Berlin spends €200,000 on campaign against grumpiness

Berlin spends €200,000 on campaign against grumpiness

The Berlin city government has appointed 4,000 civil servants, police officers and train drivers as "good mood ambassadors" in an €200,000 effort to rid perceptions that the German capital is a gruff and ill-tempered place.