Dresden awaits Obama as Berlin feels slighted

Dresden awaits Obama as Berlin feels slighted

As Dresden residents prepared to celebrate Barack Obama’s visit to the eastern city on Thursday evening, the German government tried to dispel the impression it had been snubbed by the popular US president.

Free falling from Berlin’s highest building

Free falling from Berlin’s highest building

If facing aggressive traffic on a bike (with no helmet, of course) and shouting vagrants don’t pump enough urban adrenaline into the veins of angsty Berliners, now they can jump off the city’s tallest building. The Local’s Kristen Allen survived the 100-metre plunge.

Merkel honours Polish freedom struggle and Tiananmen victims

Merkel honours Polish freedom struggle and Tiananmen victims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid homage Thursday to the victims of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989 at a ceremony marking the Polish election that ended Warsaw's communist regime 20 years ago.

German death toll on Air France flight hits 28

German death toll on Air France flight hits 28

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday said 28 German residents – two more than previously thought – died in the ill-fated Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic this week.

What’s on in Germany: June 5 – 10

What’s on in Germany: June 5 – 10

This Week's Highlights: Thirty-three Roman Signer films take over the walls of a Hamburg art museum, Fischerspooner hits Frankfurt, and a design festival spruces up in Berlin.

Germany ranks among top countries for foreign investment

Germany ranks among top countries for foreign investment

Germany remains a favourite destination for international investors despite the global economic crisis, according to a new survey by professional services firm Ernst & Young.

FDP’s Alexandra Thein: ‘The EU should get its priorities straight’

FDP’s Alexandra Thein: ‘The EU should get its priorities straight’

Voters across the European Union head to the polls this week to elect a new European Parliament. In the second of a series of interviews with German candidates, The Local spoke with Alexandra Thein from the Free Democrats.

Labour Agency reportedly orders ‘spying’ on welfare fraudsters

Labour Agency reportedly orders ‘spying’ on welfare fraudsters

Welfare recipient advocats are warning of what they call “Stasi methods” at the Federal Labour Agency (BA) to catch people claiming fraudulent benefits, according to German media reports on Thursday.

Cocaine-soaked tablecloths found by Munich airport customs

Cocaine-soaked tablecloths found by Munich airport customs

Three tablecloths that had been soaked and dried in a liquid-cocaine solution have been discovered in the Munich Airport, customs officials reported on Thursday.

Berlin slams French deficit rules proposal

Berlin slams French deficit rules proposal

Germany rejects any changes to EU rules on national deficits, a deputy minister said in comments published Thursday after France called for spending limits to be relaxed due to the financial crisis.

Day care strikes continue with no new offer from employers

Day care strikes continue with no new offer from employers

Public day care workers continued their strike across the country on Thursday in an ongoing wage and health care dispute with state employers.

Hundreds of DNA leads to Rosa Luxemburg’s identity reported

Hundreds of DNA leads to Rosa Luxemburg’s identity reported

Head of forensic medicine at Berlin’s Charité hospital Michael Tsokos said Thursday he has gotten hundreds of leads on DNA samples which he hopes will help confirm the identity of 90-year-old corpse he believes is murdered communist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.

Arcandor future looks grim

Arcandor future looks grim

The future of stricken German retailer Arcandor and its 50,000 employees looked bleak this week after the European Commission said it would take a dim view of any state aid.