Repairing run-down buildings one Lego at a time

Repairing run-down buildings one Lego at a time

The colourful plastic toy bricks you may have noticed patching up buildings around Europe recently have nothing to do with municipal budget cuts. Shannon Smith examines a Berlin-based artist’s quirky open-air installations.

Young Germans launch Europe’s first ‘personalised’ newspaper

Young Germans launch Europe’s first ‘personalised’ newspaper

Two young German entrepreneurs presented what they described as a Europe-wide first on Tuesday: a newspaper tailored to readers' individual wishes and delivered to their door before 8:00 am.

Bundesbank’s Sarrazin stripped of duties for xenophobic comments

Bundesbank’s Sarrazin stripped of duties for xenophobic comments

Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin was stripped of some of his responsibilities on Tuesday in a symbolic protest of anti-immigrant comments he made last month.

Germany facing bumpy economic recovery

Germany facing bumpy economic recovery

Germany's economic recovery following the worst recession in 60 years looks to be gradual and bumpy, a closely-watched confidence survey suggested on Tuesday.

Most criminals avoiding jail in Germany

Most criminals avoiding jail in Germany

New statistics show that 70 percent of convicted criminals in Germany never see the inside of a jail. While appearing excessively lenient, a top criminologist told The Local on Tuesday that decreasing crime rates prove the country's penal system is effective.

New German coalition aiming to cut solar energy subsidies

New German coalition aiming to cut solar energy subsidies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new centre-right coalition could slash subsidies to the country’s already beleaguered solar energy manufacturers, business daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Frankfurt Book Fair walks tightrope between Chinese officials and dissidents

Frankfurt Book Fair walks tightrope between Chinese officials and dissidents

The Frankfurt Book Fair opened Tuesday with the welcome mat laid out for guest of honour China, but the German hosts also made clear freedom of expression was more an opportunity than a threat to its Chinese guests.

Snow causes massive A20 pileup near Lübeck

Snow causes massive A20 pileup near Lübeck

Snow caused a massive 18-car pileup on the A20 motorway east of Lübeck on Tuesday morning, as the first wintry weather of the season hit broad swaths of Germany.

Proud mum Klum ecstatic about new baby girl Lou Sulola

Proud mum Klum ecstatic about new baby girl Lou Sulola

German supermodel Heidi Klum has broken her silence over the birth of her fourth child, confirming that the little girl’s name is Lou Sulola Samuel.

Turkish leader says kids need Islamic holiday off

Turkish leader says kids need Islamic holiday off

The leader of the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD) Kenan Kolat said Tuesday that non-Muslim schoolchildren should be allowed out of school for an important Islamic religious holiday.

Missing German hiker found dead in Australian bush

Missing German hiker found dead in Australian bush

Australian police Tuesday said they had found the body of a man in rugged bushland in an area where they had been searching for a missing 24-year-old German hiker.