Merkel and Obama close ranks in DC

Merkel and Obama close ranks in DC

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed in Washington on Friday to work closely to tackle climate change and presented a united front in dealing with Iran and Russia.

Porsche close to cinching deal with Qatar

Porsche close to cinching deal with Qatar

Porsche said Friday it was close to cinching a deal that would see Qatar stake in the heavily indebted luxury carmaker.

Wattenmeer mudflats named world heritage site

Wattenmeer mudflats named world heritage site

Germany’s Wattenmeer – North Sea mudflats which are feeding grounds to millions of migratory birds and a unique ecosystem – was made a world natural heritage site by UNESCO on Friday.

Deflation threat fades as prices rise by tiny degree

Deflation threat fades as prices rise by tiny degree

German consumer prices rose by a meagre 0.1 percent in June compared with the same month in 2008, but a threat of deflation appeared to be easing, provisional official figures released on Friday showed.

Hamelin rat catcher recreates children kidnapping

Hamelin rat catcher recreates children kidnapping

Hamelin commemorated the 725th anniversary of the legendary kidnapping of its children by an unpaid rat catcher on Friday, with a recreation of the tragedy that made the town famous.

Asse nuclear dump contains explosives

Asse nuclear dump contains explosives

The controversial salt-mine nuclear waste storage facility in Asse, Lower Saxony is not only crumbling but also contains unknown amounts of explosive, it has emerged.

Dresden UNESCO debacle embarrasses Germany

Dresden UNESCO debacle embarrasses Germany

In blow to Germany's cherished Kulturnation reputation, the baroque city of Dresden lost its UNESCO world heritage status this week. The Local’s media roundup explores the cultural fallout.

Former East Germans miss failed communist dictatorship

Former East Germans miss failed communist dictatorship

More than half of Germans from the former communist east see the failed dictatorship in a positive light, according to a new survey conducted for the government.

What’s on in Germany: June 25 – July 1

What’s on in Germany: June 25 – July 1

This Week's Highlights: Berlin parties like it's Sweden, Harley Davidsons roar through Hamburg, and a big beer garden sets up in Cologne.

Police kill man in Berlin after attack on officer

Police kill man in Berlin after attack on officer

A man shot dead by police in central Berlin on Thursday evening attacked the two officers with pepper spray, wrestled a pistol from one of them and shot at him before being gunned down himself.

Obama hosts Merkel for White House talks

Obama hosts Merkel for White House talks

US President Barack Obama is holding his first White House talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, in the latest of a flurry of meetings between the leaders dogged by reports of disagreements.

T-Mobile seen losing iPhone stranglehold in Germany

T-Mobile seen losing iPhone stranglehold in Germany

T-Mobile could soon lose its exclusive rights to Apple’s widely popular iPhone in Germany, Manager Magazin reported on Friday.

Two dead and 11 injured in bus crash

Two dead and 11 injured in bus crash

Two people died and 11 others were seriously injured in a bus crash on the A24 motorway near Hamburg on Friday morning, according to the police.