Berlin S-Bahn chaos set to continue

Berlin S-Bahn chaos set to continue

A spokesman for the Berlin S-Bahn train system announced on Friday that the current chaos will not let up for the next few days. Around a third of the trains are currently out of action.

Parliament sets new record for laws passed

Parliament sets new record for laws passed

The latest legislation period has been the most productive in Germany’s post-war history, German media reported on Friday – the last day of parliament before summer recess. More than 580 new laws have been passed since the parliament’s formation October 18, 2005. The Local singles out some of those passed in its final week.

Officials move to ban flat-rate bordellos

Officials move to ban flat-rate bordellos

A mayor in the state of Baden-Württemberg has started an initiative to outlaw so-called flat-rate bordellos, the SWR4 radio station reported on Friday.

Doctors say ex-Nazi guard Demjanjuk fit for trial

Doctors say ex-Nazi guard Demjanjuk fit for trial

Prosecutors said Friday that ex-Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk, accused of leading 29,000 Jews to their deaths, is fit to be tried in what could be Germany's last major Nazi case.

Printer refuses to deliver new Quelle catalogues

Printer refuses to deliver new Quelle catalogues

Print company Schlott Gruppe, which prints catalogues for troubled mail-order giant Quelle, announced Friday it is stopping the production of new catalogues because payment has not yet been received.

Woman killed in courtroom bloodbath was pregnant

Woman killed in courtroom bloodbath was pregnant

A woman stabbed to death in a Dresden courtroom was three months pregnant, reported German newspaper Bild on Friday.

Merkel’s guards revealed as ex-Stasi

Merkel’s guards revealed as ex-Stasi

Two policemen assigned to guard Chancellor Angela Merkel’s weekend house in the Uckermark region of Brandenburg used to be in the East German secret police, known as the Stasi, it was revealed Friday.

Founder of ex-Nazi Chilean commune hospitalised

Founder of ex-Nazi Chilean commune hospitalised

A former Nazi corporal, who founded the notorious German-speaking enclave of Colonia Dignidad in Chile, has been hospitalized and is dangerously ill, police said Thursday.

Swiss students attack man in Munich for ‘fun’

Swiss students attack man in Munich for ‘fun’

A group of Swiss students on a field trip to Munich have severely beaten a 46-year-old man because they were out for a “kick,” the city’s public prosecutor’s office reported.

Siemens fined $100 mln in fraud scandal

Siemens fined $100 mln in fraud scandal

German industrial giant Siemens will pay $100 million over 15 years into a fund to fight corruption after probes revealed fraud at its subsidiaries, the World Bank said.