Munich plumps for ‘modern’ 2018 Olympics

Munich plumps for ‘modern’ 2018 Olympics

German Olympic Committee (DOSB) chief Thomas Bach believes Munich, one of three official candidates for the 2018 winter Olympics, has everything it needs to deliver a "modern Games."

Exploring the business of books at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Exploring the business of books at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Frankfurt Book Fair opens to the public on Saturday after a week of deal-making between publishers and agents from around the world. Rhea Wessel reports from behind the scenes of the literary frenzy.

Google Editions to launch in Germany next year

Google Editions to launch in Germany next year

Google's online service Google Editions enabling electronic books to be downloaded to mobile telephones and readers will have some half-a-million publications available in the first half of next year.

Wet and dreary weather to continue through weekend

Wet and dreary weather to continue through weekend

The weather will be a soggy and cheerless affair as high pressure system “Xavier” sweeps over Germany this weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported from its headquarters in Offenbach on Friday.

Train surfing youths cause railway chaos

Train surfing youths cause railway chaos

Police on Friday said two reckless teenagers caused railway havoc east of Stuttgart by “surfing” on a train travelling 80 kilometres an hour.

Another employee sacked for taking home leftover food

Another employee sacked for taking home leftover food

Not long after a German woman made headlines for being fired over swiping meatballs at work, a court in Baden-Württemberg ruled on Friday that a nursing home worker was rightfully sacked for taking home leftover Maultaschen, a Swabian specialty similar to ravioli.

Irish filmmaker stabbed by masked teens in Berlin

Irish filmmaker stabbed by masked teens in Berlin

A 57-year-old Irish filmmaker was stabbed in an attempted robbery by three masked teenagers during an evening stroll in Berlin’s Schöneberg district, police confirmed to The Local on Friday.

Fascist garden gnomes invade Bavarian town

Fascist garden gnomes invade Bavarian town

The small Bavarian town of Straubing has been invaded by 1,250 fascist garden gnomes with their stubby right arms raised in a Hitler salute – all in the name of art.

German officials back ‘morning-after’ pill without prescription

German officials back ‘morning-after’ pill without prescription

Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) advocated on Friday that the so-called 'morning-after' pill be offered without a doctor’s prescription.

Three-quarters of German train stations wheelchair accessible

Three-quarters of German train stations wheelchair accessible

Almost three-quarters of Germany’s train stations are wheelchair accessible, a new survey found on Friday, but facilities vary greatly between the country's 16 states.

Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp museum creates Facebook profile

Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp museum creates Facebook profile

The museum of the World War II-era Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp has launched its profile, "Auschwitz Memorial," on the Facebook social networking website, a museum spokesman said this week.

Nefertiti’s museum home reopens after 70 years

Nefertiti’s museum home reopens after 70 years

Closed for 70 years following heavy bomb damage during World War II, Berlin's Neues Museum throws open its doors again on Friday, with 3,400-year-old Egyptian beauty Queen Nefertiti star of the show.