Going with Germany’s bureaucratic flow

Going with Germany’s bureaucratic flow

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy explains how he learned to cope with the country’s bleating bureaucrats.

Prosecutors pursue charges against Holocaust denying Catholic bishop

Prosecutors pursue charges against Holocaust denying Catholic bishop

Prosecutors in the Bavarian city of Regensburg have submitted a request to press charges against the controversial Catholic bishop Richard Williamson for inciting hatred by denying the Holocaust.

Berlin school offers German-language guarantee in immigrant heavy district

Berlin school offers German-language guarantee in immigrant heavy district

An elementary school in Berlin’s multicultural Wedding district has announced it will offer a class with a “German guarantee” to keep the overwhelmingly immigrant student body from deterring enrollment.

Tidy wilderness rule blocks vultures’ return to German Alps

Tidy wilderness rule blocks vultures’ return to German Alps

Vulture sightings in the Alps are becoming more common some 150 years after they were wiped out of the area, but experts say an EU policy keeping the hillsides clear of animal carcasses deprives them of enough food to repopulate.

Berlin’s ‘Festival of Lights’ begins

Berlin’s ‘Festival of Lights’ begins

Berlin’s fifth annual “Festival of Lights” kicked off on Wednesday night featuring more than 50 illuminated city landmarks, which will be accompanied by events and firework displays over the next 10 days.

German economy seen rebounding next year

German economy seen rebounding next year

Germany is poised to bounce back to positive growth next year, the country's main economic institutes said Thursday, a major turnaround for Europe's top economy after its worst recession in 60 years.

Winter storm warning issued for east Germany

Winter storm warning issued for east Germany

The German Weather Service (DWD) on Thursday issued a winter storm warning for the Erzgebirge mountain range in the eastern state of Saxony, predicting up to 15 centimetres of snow above 400 metres by evening.

Siemens snaps up solar energy firm

Siemens snaps up solar energy firm

German conglomerate Siemens on Thursday announced the purchase of Solel Solar Systems, a maker of panels used in power plants harnessing the sun's rays to generate electricity.

What’s on in Germany: October 15 – 21

What’s on in Germany: October 15 – 21

This week's highlights: After 60 years a museum reopens in Berlin, Nick Cave reads from his new novel in Hamburg, and Frankfurt holds its annual book fair.

Intelligence agency warns of Iranian spies

Intelligence agency warns of Iranian spies

Germany’s domestic intelligence service on Thursday warned those critical of Iran's regime to be aware of threats and intimidation from the country’s secret police.

Ballack disappointed in booing fans after Finland draw

Ballack disappointed in booing fans after Finland draw

Captain Michael Ballack slammed Germany's fans after his side endured a barrage of boos during their disappointing 1-1 draw with Finland on Wednesday evening.

Berlin brothel offers green discounts to beat the crisis

Berlin brothel offers green discounts to beat the crisis

Stung by the economic crisis, a brothel in Berlin has leapt on the "green" bandwagon and is offering discounts to clients who can prove they arrived by public transport or bicycle - with some success.