Teen gunman’s family issues apology

Teen gunman’s family issues apology

The family of a 17-year-old who shot dead 15 people in southwestern Germany last week before turning the gun on himself apologised to his victims and their families in a letter published on Tuesday.

Germany pans EU proposal for longer maternity leave

Germany pans EU proposal for longer maternity leave

The European Union has proposed increasing minimum maternity leave from 14 to 18 weeks, but the German Family Ministry told The Local on Tuesday that current rules are sufficient despite the country's meagre birthrate.

Hamburg scientist quarantined after contact with Ebola virus

Hamburg scientist quarantined after contact with Ebola virus

A researcher from a tropical disease research institute in Hamburg has been hospitalised after possibly being infected with the deadly Ebola virus in a laboratory accident, doctors announced on Tuesday.

Berlin and Paris demand ‘concrete results’ at G20 summit

Berlin and Paris demand ‘concrete results’ at G20 summit

France and Germany insisted on Tuesday that an upcoming crisis summit of the Group of 20 rich and emerging nations must result in stricter financial market regulation.

Jil Sander to design for Japan’s Uniqlo

Jil Sander to design for Japan’s Uniqlo

German fashion designer Jil Sander is teaming up with Japanese no-frills clothing retailer Uniqlo, the company said on Tuesday.

Banning video games will not halt youth violence

Banning video games will not halt youth violence

Tragic incidents such as the recent school shooting in Winnenden cannot be prevented simply by banning violent video games, argues Olaf Wolters from Germany’s BIU Association of Interactive Entertainment Software.

Study says 80 percent of German speed traps flawed

Study says 80 percent of German speed traps flawed

The overwhelming majority of motorist speed traps in Germany are flawed, according to a new study by the German motorists’ club (AvD) this week.

German tourist attacked by roving pack of dogs on beach

German tourist attacked by roving pack of dogs on beach

A German tourist attacked by a pack of roving dogs in southern Italy on Tuesday morning has suffered life-threatening injuries, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

German investor confidence index posts fifth straight gain

German investor confidence index posts fifth straight gain

German investor confidence rose slightly for the fifth straight month in March, a closely watched survey showed Tuesday, brightening the outlook for Europe's biggest economy.

GM tells Guttenberg Opel split up to US

GM tells Guttenberg Opel split up to US

General Motors executives have told German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg that the company is willing to help save their German subsidiary Opel, but the final call whether it becomes independent is up to the US government.

Munich wants Chinese Gitmo detainees

Munich wants Chinese Gitmo detainees

The German city of Munich, best known for Bayern Munich, lederhosen and the Oktoberfest beer festival, is also home to the world's largest community of Uighurs, an ethnic minority from China's extreme west.

Edeka recalls ground pork on salmonella suspicions

Edeka recalls ground pork on salmonella suspicions

German supermarket chain Edeka recalled one of their packaged meats in Hamburg due to a salmonella scare late on Monday.