Retailer Hertie to close all stores

Retailer Hertie to close all stores

Century-old German department store chain Hertie, owned by British financial group Dawnay Day, said Wednesday it was going out of business and closing all 54 of its stores.

Berlin to pick favoured Opel suitor next week

Berlin to pick favoured Opel suitor next week

Germany will choose its preferred bidder for General Motors' Opel unit by early next week, a minister said Wednesday, after the stricken US auto giant said there were at least three potential suitors.

Oktoberfest beer Maß prices bubble over

Oktoberfest beer Maß prices bubble over

Visitors to Munich’s world-famous beer bash Oktoberfest will have to dig even deeper in their pockets for a one-litre Maß of delicious amber nectar this year, with prices set to climb up to €8.60 per mug.

English language movies in Germany: May 21 – 27

English language movies in Germany: May 21 – 27

Find the latest English-language movies in Germany with The Local's cinema guide.

German chosen for new crop of European astronauts

German chosen for new crop of European astronauts

A 33-year-old physicist from the German state of Baden-Württemberg has been chosen as a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut along with five other candidates, the organisation said in Paris on Wednesday.

Neukölln: Beyond the hype

Neukölln: Beyond the hype

Despite the buzz that fuelled the resettlement of the young and hip in Berlin's Neukölln district, the area is still light years away from the gentrification of the city's trendy eastern areas.

UEFA Cup’s ‘Paper Wad of God’ up for auction on Ebay

UEFA Cup’s ‘Paper Wad of God’ up for auction on Ebay

A fist-sized wad of paper that sparked controversy during a UEFA Cup semi-final between Hamburg SV and Werder Bremen two weeks ago is now for sale on internet auction site Ebay. The auction ends Wednesday night.

Bundesbank workers hurt by strange vapour

Bundesbank workers hurt by strange vapour

Several employees from a regional branch of Germany’s central bank were injured last week by mysterious vapours emanating from redeemed bank notes, according to a letter obtained by The Local on Wednesday.

Russia and China spying on German firms

Russia and China spying on German firms

German businesses have become a popular target for industrial espionage by China and Russia that cost the country billions each year, head of the ASW association for economic security Berthold Stoppelkamp told daily Mitteldeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday.

Neo-Nazi leader banned from German military association

Neo-Nazi leader banned from German military association

Leader of the neo-Nazi NPD party Udo Voigt has been kicked off the DBwV German Military Association after being sentenced to incitement of hatred and slander in a racial discrimination trial last month, broadcaster RBB reported on Wednesday.

Telekom spied on applicant’s sex life

Telekom spied on applicant’s sex life

The Deutsche Telekom spying scandal has been found to extend to the sex lives of job applicants abroad, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.

Skeleton found in Germany believed to be ‘missing link’

Skeleton found in Germany believed to be ‘missing link’

Scientists in New York have unveiled a skeleton found in Germany that they said could be the common ancestor to humans, apes and other primates.

German cargo ship released by Somali pirates

German cargo ship released by Somali pirates

Somali pirates have released a German-owned cargo ship which was hijacked last month with a crew that reportedly included a Polish captain and 15 Filipino sailors, Poland's foreign ministry said late on Tuesday.