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Cologne’s best beer gardens

The Local's guide to Germany's best beer gardens heads to where they drink copious amounts of brew from tiny glasses all summer long.

Lufthansa traffic down 2.8 percent in June

Lufthansa traffic down 2.8 percent in June

The leading German airline, Lufthansa, said on Thursday it suffered a 2.8-percent fall in traffic in June from the figure for the same month in 2008, owing to the global economic crisis.

Sunday set to bring back summer heat

Sunday set to bring back summer heat

July began with true summer weather, but this week long-faced Germans have had to contend with cool and rainy weather. Never fear, balmy biergarten weather is set to begin its slow return by the end of the weekend, German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

Military ‘Bombodrom’ plans go bust

Military ‘Bombodrom’ plans go bust

The Bundeswehr will not install its controversial proposed military bombing range near Wittstock, known locally as “Bombodrom,” German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung confirmed on Thursday in Berlin.

German shippers’ pirate problems persist

German shippers’ pirate problems persist

As negotiations continue for the release of the Hansa Stavanger, a German freighter captured by pirates more than three months ago, more German marine shipping companies are feeling the financial strain of the pirate threat in waters off the coast of Africa.

Insurers deny dead soldier payouts with ‘war clause’

Insurers deny dead soldier payouts with ‘war clause’

The German Defence Ministry has taken over the life and accident insurance payments for 21 Bundeswehr soldiers killed in Afghanistan because their insurance companies have refused to pay their families.

Study touts reed as new sustainable fuel source

Study touts reed as new sustainable fuel source

Wetland reeds, traditionally used for instruments, thatched roofs, paper and boats, may have a new use. A new German study reported this week that the plant could be used to fuel local power plants across much of the country.

What’s on in Germany: July 9-15

What’s on in Germany: July 9-15

This Week's Highlights: BMX bikers strut their stuff in Cologne, Dusseldorf nods to the French and Hannover's royal garden is transformed into a whimsical stage.

Merkel hails G8 climate change as ‘step forward’

Merkel hails G8 climate change as ‘step forward’

Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Group of Eight’s consensus on fighting climate change a “clear step forward” late on Wednesday after talks in L’Aquila, Italy.

Municipal posts rife with 17,000 former Stasi workers

Municipal posts rife with 17,000 former Stasi workers

Some 17,000 former East German secret police workers are likely working in local government authorities in eastern states despite background checks, daily Financial Times Deutschland reported on Thursday.

Germany to violate EU deficit laws until 2013

Germany to violate EU deficit laws until 2013

Germany will likely violate the European Union's rules on public deficits until at least 2013, according to finance ministry figures published on Wednesday.

Deadly traffic accidents at 55-year low

Deadly traffic accidents at 55-year low

The numbers of traffic fatalities in Germany fell to its lowest rate in 55 years for the year 2008, new figures from the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) revealed on Wednesday.