Passengers guaranteed refunds for late trains

Passengers guaranteed refunds for late trains

Passengers forced to wait for delayed trains in Germany must now be compensated after the Bundestag, or the lower house of parliament, passed new legislation on Friday.

Restlessly civil in Germany

Restlessly civil in Germany

The economy is tanking, people are losing their jobs, but is Germany really on the brink of widespread civil unrest? The Local’s Marc Young explains why you won’t see riots in central Berlin or Munich this summer.

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Lufthansa looking for deals amid the crisis

Lufthansa boss Wolfgang Mayrhuber suggested Friday his airline should use the global economic crisis as an opportunity to reinforce its position in Europe.

German business sentiment surprises with big rise

German business sentiment surprises with big rise

Business confidence in Germany has risen from record lows, a key index showed Friday, offering a small ray of hope following a week of dire forecasts for Europe's biggest economy.

Worker at US Embassy in Berlin commits suicide

Worker at US Embassy in Berlin commits suicide

A German working at the US Embassy in Berlin died on the premises in the centre of the capital Friday in an apparent suicide, American officials said in a statement.

Neo-Nazi party leader guilty in racism case

Neo-Nazi party leader guilty in racism case

Head of the neo-Nazi NPD party Udo Voigt was sentenced on Friday to a suspended sentence of seven months for incitement of hatred and slander in a racial discrimination trial.

Taliban influence in Pakistan worries Berlin

Taliban influence in Pakistan worries Berlin

Germany said Friday it was worried by the mounting influence of the Taliban in Pakistan and urged Islamabad to deal "firmly" with Islamist militants in the country.

Kids abandoned in Italy head home with grandparents

Kids abandoned in Italy head home with grandparents

Three young children abandoned by a German couple in Italy will return home with their grandparents on Friday. Police have released their mother after she was found with her fugitive boyfriend this week.

Tillich hails Putin’s soft spot for Saxony

Tillich hails Putin’s soft spot for Saxony

Saxon premier Stanislaw Tillich has praised Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s soft spot for Saxony – where he once served as a Soviet spy – saying it could benefit the economy of the eastern German state.

Berlin doctors remove 18-kilo bone tumour

Berlin doctors remove 18-kilo bone tumour

A Saudi Arabian woman now weighs just 37 kilogrammes (81 pounds) after doctors in Berlin removed an 18-kilogramme (40-pound) bone tumour from her pelvis, the hospital said on Friday.

Parental leave eased to keep Germans working

Parental leave eased to keep Germans working

German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen has made parental leave benefits more flexible during the recession so that new families don’t have to fear leaving the workforce in a cutthroat job market, daily Bild reported on Friday.

Bees stressed out by spring flower glut

Bees stressed out by spring flower glut

A record-breaking warm and sunny spring means that Germany is enjoying a veritable explosion of blooms this April, but the country’s bee colonies are struggling to keep up, daily Bild reported on Friday.

Hitler painting auction draws hefty sum

Hitler painting auction draws hefty sum

A series of watercolours by Adolf Hitler were sold at a British auction house on Thursday for more than €100,000.

Court rules Nazi death camp guard Demjanjuk fit for trial

Court rules Nazi death camp guard Demjanjuk fit for trial

The Department of Justice Thursday called on a US court to lift a stay of deportation against a former Nazi camp guard wanted for trial in Germany, arguing the 89-year-old was fit enough to travel.