Berlin anarchist activity spikes ahead of May Day protests

Berlin anarchist activity spikes ahead of May Day protests

An alarming spike in arson attacks by presumed anarchists in Berlin has sparked fears that traditional May Day anti-capitalist protests could see the worst violence in recent years.

Police shoot armed robber in car chase

Police shoot armed robber in car chase

Police shot and seriously injured an armed robber in Hamburg on Wednesday evening after he forced a man to withdraw money from his bank at gunpoint.

Kids caught playing dangerous road chicken game

Kids caught playing dangerous road chicken game

Several young teenagers invented a new version of chicken on the roads of Günzburg in Bavaria Wednesday evening, police reported.

Industrial output decline slowed in February

Industrial output decline slowed in February

German industrial output fell 2.9 percent in February from January, the economy ministry said Thursday, as demand for goods from Europe's largest economy dried up amid the global recession.

Hamburg Jewish Community leader fired over vague heritage

Hamburg Jewish Community leader fired over vague heritage

The chairman of the Hamburg Jewish Community (Jüdische Gemeinde in Hamburg), and member of the Hamburg state parliament, was dismissed last week because records showed he was not Jewish, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Thursday.

Making like the Easter bunny in Berlin

Making like the Easter bunny in Berlin

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy explains why the German-invented Easter bunny is an appropriate symbol in a country where the birth rate is tanking and succesful families with children are scorned.

Grown men weep as Bayern are trounced

Grown men weep as Bayern are trounced

Bayern Munich returned from Barcelona Thursday morning with the scorn of their elder statesmen piled on their heads, having suffered a 4:0 trouncing at the hands of the Spanish super-club on Wednesday night.

Tobacco giant Philip Morris raising cigarette prices

Tobacco giant Philip Morris raising cigarette prices

Smokers might as well light a match to their extra pocket change – leading cigarette manufacturer Phillip Morris plans to raise its prices from €4 to €4.70 per pack by summer, and other companies in the industry will likely follow, daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported this week.

Sweden rejects Germany in probe against Bishop Williamson

Sweden rejects Germany in probe against Bishop Williamson

The Swedish Chancellor of Justice has rejected a request from German prosecutors to require a journalist to testify against Catholic bishop Richard Williamson, who denied the Holocaust in a January television broadcast for Swedish broadcaster SVT.

Berlin launches Hypo Real Estate takeover

Berlin launches Hypo Real Estate takeover

The German government launched a takeover of troubled Hypo Real Estate bank on Thursday with the aim of stabilising the financial markets as the worst recession since the 1930s sets in.

Sunny weather expected for holiday weekend

Sunny weather expected for holiday weekend

Early morning cloud cover on Thursday will disperse across most of Germany to begin what will likely be a sunny Easter holiday weekend.

‘Ivan the Terrible’ Nazi guard gets to stay in US for now

‘Ivan the Terrible’ Nazi guard gets to stay in US for now

Suspected Nazi guard John Demjanjuk can remain in the United States while an immigration court considers his latest appeal against extradition to Germany, US officials said Wednesday.