Neo-Nazis make headway into town councils

Neo-Nazis make headway into town councils

The neo-Nazi NPD party is entering several German city parliaments for the first time after this weekend’s local elections, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Monday.

Astronomers use supercomputer to resize massive black hole

Astronomers use supercomputer to resize massive black hole

A pair of pioneering astronomers revealed Tuesday how they used a supercomputer to show that a nearby black hole is vastly more massive than scientists ever imagined.

Qatar eyeing stake in Porsche

Qatar eyeing stake in Porsche

German luxury sportscar maker Porsche said Tuesday that the state of Qatar was negotiating with it as the exclusive candidate to buy a stake in the heavily-indebted company.

Sauerland Cell terrorists ready to confess

Sauerland Cell terrorists ready to confess

Members of the so-called Sauerland Cell, on trial for plotting to kill Americans in Germany, said in court Tuesday they are preparing to make confessions.

Seventeen-hour Obama visit costs Saxony €13 million

Seventeen-hour Obama visit costs Saxony €13 million

US President Barack Obama's brief visit to Dresden last week cost the state of Saxony €13 million, the Sächsische Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Arcandor goes bust

Arcandor goes bust

Retail and tourism giant Arcandor said on Tuesday it had filed for bankruptcy, putting around 43,000 jobs at risk in Germany after Berlin dismissed its request for emergency state aid.

What’s on in Germany: June 11 – 17

What’s on in Germany: June 11 – 17

This Week's Highlights: Exberliner Magazine throws a birthday bash in Berlin and Düsseldorf celebrates Japan Day.

Schäuble wants direct EU elections to fight voter apathy

Schäuble wants direct EU elections to fight voter apathy

Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said he supports a direct election of European Union representatives after this weekend’s dismal voter turnout for the EU parliamentary election, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

The Local’s guide to Germany’s best beer gardens

The Local’s guide to Germany’s best beer gardens

What better way to welcome the Teutonic sun than with a cold brew and tasty sausage? The Local offers up a sampling of Germany's best beer gardens.

German exports post historic plunge

German exports post historic plunge

German exports marked their biggest drop on record in April, officials said on Tuesday. But analysts expect the historic slump in Europe's biggest economy to ease in coming months.

Day care strikes called ahead of wage talks

Day care strikes called ahead of wage talks

Unions called public day care workers to another day of strikes on Tuesday ahead of renewed negotiations with state employers.

Chimp bites off Berlin zoo director’s finger

Chimp bites off Berlin zoo director’s finger

Berlin doctors have refused to give a prognosis on whether Berlin zoo director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz’ index finger had been successfully reattached after a chimpanzee bit it off on Monday.

Police break up protest against mass Vietnamese deportation

Police break up protest against mass Vietnamese deportation

Some 200 people protested Monday at a Berlin airport against a mass deportation of Vietnamese asylum-seekers from Germany and Poland.