Germany’s election campaign to nowhere

Germany’s election campaign to nowhere

A government car scandal, an industrial policy paper no one wants to accept responsibility for and plenty of noise: Katharina Schuler from Zeit Online believes German voters deserve a better election campaign.

Pensioner kills three in shooting rampage

Pensioner kills three in shooting rampage

A German pensioner who went on a shooting rampage that left three people dead did so in order to teach people "not to mess" with him or his family, police said on Wednesday.

Merkel marks East German dash for freedom

Merkel marks East German dash for freedom

Twenty years after hundreds of East Germans breached the Iron Curtain in Hungary, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday attended celebrations marking the historic event known as the Pan-European Picnic.

Munich’s famous glockenspiel hits the wrong note

Munich’s famous glockenspiel hits the wrong note

The famous glockenspiel in the tower of the Munich town hall has been playing the wrong tune for two years, the daily Münchner Merkur reported on Wednesday.

Germany gets amped for electric cars

Germany gets amped for electric cars

The German government unveiled plans Wednesday to get one million electric cars zipping around the country by 2020, offering sweeteners to jump-start national giants like BMW and Volkswagen into action.

Comedian brightens dull election campaign

Comedian brightens dull election campaign

With the Obama-inspired slogan "Yes Weekend" and a pledge to make a bunny the national symbol, a mock candidate for German chancellor has injected some much-needed humour into a drab election campaign. AFP’s Richard Carter reports.

Man barricades himself after injuring family with blast

Man barricades himself after injuring family with blast

A man barricaded himself inside his apartment in Viernheim near Mannheim on Wednesday after igniting explosives that injured a family of four. Police believe he may have been involved in another blast in a neighbouring town.

Poisonous find in salad ruining German rocket farmers

Poisonous find in salad ruining German rocket farmers

One week after a poisonous plant was found in a container of prepackaged rocket salad in Hannover, farmers producing the leafy greens are reportedly facing financial ruin.

Town in Lower Saxony pines for the Iron Curtain

Town in Lower Saxony pines for the Iron Curtain

The collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989 robbed the town of Hitzacker in Lower Saxony of its major tourist attraction. Twenty years later, its is still looking for ways to bring the visitors back.

Madonna wows crowd at birthday concert in Munich

Madonna wows crowd at birthday concert in Munich

Madonna’s only German show in her current tour went down like a storm in Munich on Tuesday evening, with fans singing Happy Birthday to the singer and throwing balloons onto the stage to celebrate her 51st birthday last Sunday.

Making it in Germany: an American jokester

Making it in Germany: an American jokester

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents John Doyle, an American comedian with a knack for turning the foibles of expat life into German-language stand-up.

Schmidt suggests official car rules be changed for politicians

Schmidt suggests official car rules be changed for politicians

German Health Minister Ulla Schmidt has defended her use of an official car on vacations, saying rules for politicians need to be changed if appropriate behaviour can cause such a scandal.

Nerius claims first gold for Germany at IAAF championships

Nerius claims first gold for Germany at IAAF championships

Steffi Nerius of Germany won the women’s javelin gold here at the world athletics championships on Tuesday to end her frustrating run of three successive world bronzes.