Steinbrück calls for global financial transaction tax at G20

Steinbrück calls for global financial transaction tax at G20

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück called Friday for a global tax on financial transactions as the Group of 20 developed and developing economies met in Pittsburgh.

Stuttgart institute working on ‘one-litre plane’ for NASA contest

Stuttgart institute working on ‘one-litre plane’ for NASA contest

The University of Stuttgart’s Institute of Aircraft Design (IFB) has announced that it has begun the construction of an aircraft powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, the Hydrogenius, which it hopes will compete in NASA’s Green Flight Challenge competition.

Passau police officer shot in the face with his service weapon

Passau police officer shot in the face with his service weapon

A man in Passau took a police officer’s gun and shot him in the face early on Friday morning, Bavarian authorities reported.

Merkel faces ‘hanging chad’ election victory

Merkel faces ‘hanging chad’ election victory

Angela Merkel looks set to remain chancellor after Germany’s general election on Sunday. But as The Local’s Marc Young explains, she could end up governing with a coalition lacking democratic legitimacy.

Emden shipyard workers protest closure plans

Emden shipyard workers protest closure plans

Some 2,000 people demonstrated at the traditional northern German seaport of Emden on Friday against the possible closure of its shipyard.

Study finds regional food products not necessarily ‘greener’

Study finds regional food products not necessarily ‘greener’

Regionally produced food is not always as environmentally friendly as many may assume, according to a new study cited by daily Frankfurter Rundschau on Friday.

Taxi driver forces man to enter airport naked after fare dispute

Taxi driver forces man to enter airport naked after fare dispute

A Leipzig man was forced to traipse through the Munich Airport naked after an enraged taxi driver took all of his possessions when he couldn’t pay his entire fare, daily Bild reported on Friday.

Legendary Berlin punk club SO36 loses lease

Legendary Berlin punk club SO36 loses lease

The legendary punk club SO36 in Berlin's Kreuzberg district has had its lease cancelled and could be forced to shut down early next year, daily newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported on Friday.

Last East German leader still a convinced socialist

Last East German leader still a convinced socialist

Communist East Germany's last leader Egon Krenz said this week he still believes socialism will triumph over capitalism in the end, almost 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Widespread sun forecast for Sunday’s vote

Widespread sun forecast for Sunday’s vote

There will be no weather excuse for voters not to visit their polling stations on Sunday, as forecasters predict widespread sun throughout the country on election day.