The German year

The German year

As Germany prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its democratic rebirth on Saturday, The Local’s Marc Young explores the impact of the crumbing Iron Curtain and three defeated Roman legions on modern German society.

Köhler favoured to win second term

Köhler favoured to win second term

Germany's incumbent President Horst Köhler is favoured to win re-election on Saturday, but analysts said it’s not a sure thing just yet.

What’s on in Germany: May 21 – 27

What’s on in Germany: May 21 – 27

This Week's Highlights: Talib Kweli takes the mic in Berlin, a season of architecture opens in Hamburg, and Munich's got a new museum.

Mortician discovers live patient pronounced dead by mistake

Mortician discovers live patient pronounced dead by mistake

A doctor in Lower Saxony is under investigation after falsely declaring an elderly woman dead, a mistake discovered by an undertaker when he tried to place her in a coffin, the state public prosecutor’s office said this week.

Bridge murder suspect sentenced to life

Bridge murder suspect sentenced to life

A Lower Saxony court has sentenced a man to life in prison for throwing a chunk of wood from a motorway bridge, killing a mother of two who was riding in a car below.

Dachshund dies after adopting abandoned baby tiger

Dachshund dies after adopting abandoned baby tiger

A dachshund that adopted an abandoned baby tiger met his tragic end with a postal delivery car shortly after his special friendship made national headlines.

Artists to get faster unemployment benefits

Artists to get faster unemployment benefits

Germany’s cabinet approved a new rule on Wednesday to provide unemployment benefits to artists more quickly than other professions because the nature of their work is often based on short-term projects.

Rolling science exhibition may travel as far as China and India

Rolling science exhibition may travel as far as China and India

How will we feed nine billion people in the future? Can we ever have a disease-free world? Can robots play football?