Chipping away at Berlin Wall souvenir myths

Chipping away at Berlin Wall souvenir myths

The shelves of Berlin's souvenir shops are filled with small, spray-painted pieces of concrete mounted in Plexiglas. But are they real chunks of the Wall or just a scam for tourists? Ben Knight investigates.

CDU and SPD form Thuringia state coalition

CDU and SPD form Thuringia state coalition

The conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to form a coalition state government in Thuringia after seven weeks of post-election wrangling, the two sides announced on Monday.

Audi car sales set to overtake Mercedes

Audi car sales set to overtake Mercedes

German carmaker Audi is set to sell more vehicles worldwide than luxury rival Mercedes for the first time ever next year, according a new study released on Monday.

Al-Qaida gaining ground for new recruits in Germany

Al-Qaida gaining ground for new recruits in Germany

At least 30 new terrorist recruits have travelled to Pakistan from Germany for training since the beginning of the year, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Making it in Germany: An American fashion aficionado

Making it in Germany: An American fashion aficionado

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Bruce Darnell, an American choreographer and model best known as an entertainment show judge on German television alongside Heidi Klum and Dieter Bohlen.

State officials warn of poisonous Turkish pears

State officials warn of poisonous Turkish pears

The state Consumer Protection Ministry in Baden-Württemberg on Monday issued a warning for pears imported from Turkey after they were found to contain dangerous amounts of the banned insecticide amitraz.

German vintners report ‘small but fine’ grape harvest

German vintners report ‘small but fine’ grape harvest

German vintners are reporting that while this year’s harvest is significantly smaller than average, it yielded grapes of the highest quality.

GM reportedly mulling options if Opel deal fails

GM reportedly mulling options if Opel deal fails

US automaker General Motors has an alternative restructuring plan up its sleeve if the EU blocks the planned sale of its German unit Opel, the Wall Street Journal Europe reported on Monday.

Experts warn of data misuse after student site hacking

Experts warn of data misuse after student site hacking

Peter Schaar, the German government's commissioner for data privacy, on Monday warned young internet users of putting their personal information online after hackers stole sensitive data from student SchülerVZ recently.

Deutsche Bahn considers alcohol ban on trains

Deutsche Bahn considers alcohol ban on trains

National rail provider Deutsche Bahn is considering an alcohol ban on trains with certain regional transport associations, daily Bild reported on Monday.

East Germans nostalgic for sex as it was before the Wall fell

East Germans nostalgic for sex as it was before the Wall fell

Curiosity for the West German sex trade boomed among East Germans after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but now there is a growing nostalgia among these same people for sex the way it was behind the Iron Curtain.