Hamburg considers Google Street View ban

Hamburg considers Google Street View ban

Hamburg’s data protection commissioner Johannes Caspar has given Google an ultimatum: the company must provide a written guarantee that its online Street View project will follow German privacy laws by Wednesday at 10 am.

One-fifth of Easterners threatened by poverty

One-fifth of Easterners threatened by poverty

Nearly 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germans from the country’s formerly communist eastern half remain at greater risk of falling into poverty.

Dita disaster sparks Eurovision revamp

Dita disaster sparks Eurovision revamp

After yet another embarrassing result at the Eurovision Song Contest this weekend, Germany wants to change how it select its entry after not winning the camp musical spectacle since 1982.

Obese man acquitted for squashing wife to death

Obese man acquitted for squashing wife to death

A German appeals court overturned a five-year jail sentence on Monday for an obese bus driver who fatally squashed his wife by falling on her during a booze-fuelled row.

Verheugen slams German banks for risky investments

Verheugen slams German banks for risky investments

Germany's representative in the European Commission launched a sharp attack on his own country's banks on Monday, saying they had been "world champions" in investing in risky financial products.

Critics not impressed with Merkel’s first town hall meeting

Critics not impressed with Merkel’s first town hall meeting

Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared on television for her first American-style “Town Hall Meeting” on Sunday night. While she made a good impression, critics have dismissed the show as scripted and safe.

‘The whole point was to throw a few bombs’

‘The whole point was to throw a few bombs’

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin sparked controversy this month with a critique exploring why blogs thrive elsewhere yet seem to struggle in Germany. The Local spoke with US-based blogger Felix Salmon about becoming the most hated man in German cyberspace.

Tamil demonstrators block Frankfurt train traffic

Tamil demonstrators block Frankfurt train traffic

Some 600 Tamil demonstrators blocked traffic at the Frankfurt train station on Sunday afternoon as they tried to draw attention to their plight in Sri Lanka, police said.

Day care workers broaden strike

Day care workers broaden strike

Public day care centres remained closed across Germany on Monday morning as workers staged a second day of strikes to pressure state employers into better wage and health care benefits.

Formerly kidnapped German ‘mad’ for returning to Somalia

Formerly kidnapped German ‘mad’ for returning to Somalia

Jurgen Kantner, kidnapped from his sailboat by Somalia pirates last year, has baffled locals by returning to the scene of the crime to retrieve his beloved sailboat.