Inflation drops to 22-year low

Inflation drops to 22-year low

German inflation dropped to zero in May compared with the same month in 2008, the lowest figure in 22 years, preliminary figures showed Wednesday.

Perfectly preserved 300-year-old broom found in monk latrine

Perfectly preserved 300-year-old broom found in monk latrine

Bringing new meaning to the phrase “Holy crap,” a perfectly preserved 300-year-old broom has been found in a Benedictine monastery latrine in Paderborn, city archaeologist Sven Spiong told The Local on Wednesday.

Raging storm wallops Germany, leaving one man dead

Raging storm wallops Germany, leaving one man dead

A Bavarian man was reported dead and a train conductor in Baden-Württemberg severely injured on Wednesday after severe storms swept through the country overnight.

Unions refuse offer for striking day care workers

Unions refuse offer for striking day care workers

Public day care workers will likely continue their strikes after their unions refused a new offer from state employers during negotiations in Berlin on Wednesday.

Stasi stole West German identities for sabotage ops

Stasi stole West German identities for sabotage ops

The feared East German Stasi secret police misused the identities of innocent Western German citizens as covers for secret agents, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

General Motors set to hive off Opel

General Motors set to hive off Opel

General Motors on Wednesday transferred control of its European factories and patents to its German subsidiary Opel, paving the way for it to be hived off from the beleaguered US auto giant.

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Infant’s body found in Erfurt freezer

The body of a baby boy has been found in a freezer in Erfurt. Police have arrested the mother and charged her with murder.

Bike couriers rolling into Berlin for championship

Bike couriers rolling into Berlin for championship

More than 1,000 couriers from Tokyo to Oakland will descend on Berlin’s Tempelhof airport this weekend for the 14th European Cycle Messenger Championship (ECMC), and defending champion Michael Brinkmann said Wednesday he is ready for them.

Germans cringe at countrymen’s tacky vacation conduct

Germans cringe at countrymen’s tacky vacation conduct

Almost half of all Germans are embarrassed by their boorish countrymen abroad, according to a new poll. But there might not be so much to worry about this summer, as the bad economy leads more Teutons to holiday at home.

Berlin restaurants urge foreigners to tip more

Berlin restaurants urge foreigners to tip more

Several restaurants in Berlin, one of Europe's most-visited capitals, have begun issuing illicit bills to tourists with a message in English nudging them to pay more than is due.

German mothers with full-time work most gratified

German mothers with full-time work most gratified

German mothers with young children who work full-time are happier than those who are employed part-time or stay at home, research released Tuesday indicated.