Thousands of students travel to Obama speech

Thousands of students travel to Obama speech

Thousands of German and French students turned out to witness US President Barack Obama’s speech in Strasbourg, France on Friday afternoon ahead of the 60th anniversary summit.

Podolski fined for slapping Ballack

Podolski fined for slapping Ballack

Germany striker Lukas Podolski has agreed to pay €5,000 to the German Football Federation (DFB) by way of reparation for slapping national captain Michael Ballack, the DFB announced on Friday.

Government may extend scrapping bonus next week

Government may extend scrapping bonus next week

The German government must still decide if it will prolong a popular €2,500 car scrapping bonus at its current value, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Merkel makes a fashion faux pas in trousers

Merkel makes a fashion faux pas in trousers

Fashion has never been the foremost thing on Angela Merkel’s mind, and now the German chancellor has come up against the fashion firing squad again on Friday for showing up to a high-profile event in what she wears every day – her perpetual pantsuit.

Germany adopts emergency bank nationalisation law

Germany adopts emergency bank nationalisation law

Germany adopted a highly controversial emergency law on Friday allowing the government to nationalise stricken banks by seizing investors' shares if necessary.

Hamburg man suspected of illegal trade in pesticide poisons

Hamburg man suspected of illegal trade in pesticide poisons

Authorities are investigating the sale of highly poisonous substance nicotine sulphate to more than 200 companies that allegedly used the poison, media reports said on Friday.

Bavarian actress a finalist for ‘Best Job in the World’

Bavarian actress a finalist for ‘Best Job in the World’

A Bavarian actress is among the top 16 finalists for the “Best Job in the World,” the tourism board for the Australian state of Queensland announced on Friday.

Economic crisis leaves many animals homeless

Economic crisis leaves many animals homeless

Many animal lovers are opting to give their pets away to animal shelters in an attempt to cut costs during the recession, Cologne daily Express reported on Friday, adding that some of the animals may be euthanised.

Kronberg: Classic and castles for kids

Kronberg: Classic and castles for kids

Some kids might resist exposure to classical music, but as The Local’s Rhea Wessel reports, the town of Kronberg offers a stunning fairy-tale atmosphere that will inspire their imaginations and please grown-ups too.

German journalist expelled from China earthquake zone

German journalist expelled from China earthquake zone

A German journalist said Friday that police had physically barred him from the scene of last year’s devastating earthquake in southwest China after speaking with families of the victims.

Police clash with NATO summit protestors

Police clash with NATO summit protestors

French police said Friday they made 300 arrests in clashes with demonstrators in Strasbourg ahead of a two-day NATO summit attended by 28 leaders including US President Barack Obama.

Brother admits to ‘honour killing’ of sister for secret abortion

Brother admits to ‘honour killing’ of sister for secret abortion

A Kurdish-German man has admitted to the brutal honour killing of his sister one month ago, police in Kleve announced late on Thursday.

‘Ivan the Terrible’ Nazi guard attempts to block extradition

‘Ivan the Terrible’ Nazi guard attempts to block extradition

A Nazi death camp guard facing charges of assisting in the murder of at least 29,000 Jews has filed an appeal to avoid extradition to Germany, arguing the move would be tantamount to torture, his US lawyer said.