UK documents expose Thatcher’s virulent opposition to reunification

UK documents expose Thatcher’s virulent opposition to reunification

As the 20th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall approaches, the British Foreign Office has released classified documents exposing the divisions between UK diplomats and Margaret Thatcher over her opposition to German reunification.

‘Dad, if you keep driving this fast, we will be the first!’

‘Dad, if you keep driving this fast, we will be the first!’

On the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Hungarian border, Gerhard Meyer recalls how a black market sports car helped him be the first East German to cross into West Germany just hours after officials made the announcement.

Dissident writers coming to Frankfurt Book Fair

Dissident writers coming to Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair organisers said Friday that two Chinese authors they had disinvited to a symposium after China threatened to boycott the event would attend after all – but not as official guests.

Raising a glass at Germany’s autumn wine festivals

Raising a glass at Germany’s autumn wine festivals

This weekend marks the beginning of Weinfest season, when cities across Germany celebrate one of the country’s oldest industries, wine making. The Local highlights the best of the Bacchanalian bashes.

Cranes opt for extended stay on Germany’s Baltic coast

Cranes opt for extended stay on Germany’s Baltic coast

Every autumn, thousands of cranes gather on Germany’s Baltic Sea to rest before continuing their winter migration. This year, birdwatchers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are being treated to a premature arrival due to an early harvest.

Munich stays Germany’s priciest place to rent

Munich stays Germany’s priciest place to rent

Rents in Germany are on the rise, but there continues to be wide geographic disparity in the cost of a flat, according to a new survey. Unsurprisingly, Munich remains the country's priciest place to live.

Germany is not Opel

Germany is not Opel

We are the people, we are the Pope – we are Opel. The motto printed on the fetching yellow t-shirts of Opel workers certainly has its charm. But it also shows the ridiculous importance Germans have attached to the fate of one struggling carmaker, argues Moritz Döbler from Berlin’s newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

Man’s ferry flub sends wife, kids and dog plunging into river

Man’s ferry flub sends wife, kids and dog plunging into river

A man's family plummeted into the Main River in their car on Thursday evening after a misunderstanding caused his wife to back off of a ferry, police said on Friday.

Berlin asks NATO partners to keep quiet on deadly bombing

Berlin asks NATO partners to keep quiet on deadly bombing

The German government has issued a round of formal diplomatic protests to fellow NATO countries, asking them to refrain from criticising a controversial air strike called by the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan last week.

Opel workers fear layoffs by new owner Magna

Opel workers fear layoffs by new owner Magna

General Motors' decision to sell its European unit Opel to a Canadian firm backed by Russian finance raised concerns on Friday about the widespread layoffs.