Guttenberg moots trust to save Opel

Guttenberg moots trust to save Opel

German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Thursday said he could imagine using a government-backed trust to help save embattled carmaker Opel.

Survey says German consumers aren’t that green

Survey says German consumers aren’t that green

Germans like to consider themselves part of a global green vanguard, but a new survey puts them in the middle of the pack when it comes to personal environment impact. Their biggest vices? Driving cars and drinking bottled water.

Swedish neo-Nazi makes Berlin new base

Swedish neo-Nazi makes Berlin new base

A prominent Swedish right-wing extremist with ties to German neo-Nazis is relocating to Berlin, the Continent Europe Foundation (KES) announced on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: May 14 – 20

What’s on in Germany: May 14 – 20

This Week's Highlights: Cuban film in Frankfurt, open-air concerts in Berlin, and Hannover goes car free.

Recession blows hole in German budget

Recession blows hole in German budget

The recession has blown a €316 billion hole in Germany's budget for the next four years, new government forecasts showed Thursday.

Reality TV show with borrowed babies causes outcry

Reality TV show with borrowed babies causes outcry

A new reality television show due to be launched in June, in which teenagers will be filmed looking after babies "donated" for the programme, sparked outrage in Germany on Thursday.

Lost Metropolis film scenes headed back to Germany

Lost Metropolis film scenes headed back to Germany

Lost scenes from German-Austrian director Fritz Lang's legendary 1927 silent film "Metropolis" discovered in Argentina last year will be sent to Wiesbaden for restoration, officials from the two countries announced this week.

English language movies in Germany: May 14 – 20

English language movies in Germany: May 14 – 20

Find the latest English-language movies in Germany with The Local's cinema listings. New this week is the action comedy “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” with Ben Stiller.

MPs rush new gun law but back down from paintball ban

MPs rush new gun law but back down from paintball ban

Germany’s grand coalition government wants to rush a new gun control law through parliament, but has apparently ditched unpopular plans to ban paintball.

Berlin tightens rules on late-term abortions

Berlin tightens rules on late-term abortions

After years of debate, the German parliament voted late on Wednesday to require women seeking late-term abortions to delay the procedure by three days and have an official consultation with a doctor.

Man loses €23,000 in cash during convertible test drive

Man loses €23,000 in cash during convertible test drive

A man test driving a new Audi convertible on Wednesday lost €23,000 – with which he’d planned to purchase the vehicle – because it blew away when he simply put it on the backseat.

Stone Age ‘Venus’ sets scientific hearts aflutter

Stone Age ‘Venus’ sets scientific hearts aflutter

She’s just six centimetres tall, with breasts that make Dolly Parton look flat-chested – and, at more than 35,000 years of age, she could be the oldest piece of figurative art in the world.

Stuttgart beats Schalke to stay in title race

Stuttgart beats Schalke to stay in title race

Stuttgart remains in the Bundesliga title race after Romanian striker Ciprian Marica scored the winner in a 2-1 win at Schalke to stay two points behind leaders Wolfsburg with two games left on Wednesday night.