Ballack says Germany must improve to seal World Cup spot

Ballack says Germany must improve to seal World Cup spot

Captain of the national football team Michael Ballack says Germany need to raise their game if they are to seal qualification for next year's World Cup in South Africa.

Tempelhof to become enormous city park

Tempelhof to become enormous city park

The airfield of Berlin's historic Tempelhof airport will become the German capital’s largest park by the summer of 2010, city officials announced on Monday.

Merkel brushes aside campaign critics

Merkel brushes aside campaign critics

German Chancellor Angela Merkel brushed aside calls on Monday from within her own party to pull off the gloves in her battle for re-election in four weeks after strong setbacks in state polls.

Steinbrück says bankers should pay for crisis

Steinbrück says bankers should pay for crisis

Bankers should stump up for the consequences of the global financial crisis, Germany's finance minister said to his G20 counterparts in an letter obtained by AFP on Monday.

More German professionals taking on second jobs

More German professionals taking on second jobs

The number of Germans working two jobs has nearly doubled since 2002, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) reported on Monday.

State polls muddle German general election

State polls muddle German general election

If no one wins is everyone a loser? The Local’s Marc Young attempts to find the significance of Germany’s muddled state elections on Sunday less than a month ahead of a national poll.

Politicians say Twitter ‘damages democracy’ after exit poll leak

Politicians say Twitter ‘damages democracy’ after exit poll leak

German politicians were outraged on Monday after election results for three states were relayed over micro-blogging site Twitter 1.5 hours before polls closed on Sunday evening.

Runway eludes drunk German pilot

Runway eludes drunk German pilot

A natural high proved to be too meagre for a German hobby pilot flying in the state of Thuringia over the weekend. The man got so intoxicated during his flight that officials had to send help to guide him safely to earth.

Flights delayed and cancelled nationwide as LTU pilots strike

Flights delayed and cancelled nationwide as LTU pilots strike

Air Berlin, LTU and dba customers across Germany should expect delays and cancelled flights on Monday after pilots’ union Cockpit called for a 16-hour strike in an ongoing wage dispute.

Old bunkers get new life as flats in Bremen

Old bunkers get new life as flats in Bremen

Bremen-based architect Rainer Mielke has made a career out of transforming old bunkers into modern, affordable apartments. Out of these dilapidated buildings, Mielke and his partner Klaus Freudenberg create unexpectedly airy spaces that marry the old with the new.

Fare dodgers need harsher fines, transportation alliance says

Fare dodgers need harsher fines, transportation alliance says

The VDV alliance of German transportation providers on Monday encouraged cities to take a stronger hand against public transport fare dodgers.

Steinmeier exults in SPD state election gains

Steinmeier exults in SPD state election gains

Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger hit the final four weeks of election campaigning on Monday claiming he could still win after Merkel's conservatives suffered heavy losses in two states following elections on Sunday.