Murderer of Egyptian ‘veil martyr’ gets life

Murderer of Egyptian ‘veil martyr’ gets life

A Russian-born German man was sentenced to life behind bars on Wednesday for the brutal murder of a pregnant headscarved Egyptian woman, a crime that sparked outrage in the Muslim world.

Michelin Guide gives 24 new stars to German restaurants

Michelin Guide gives 24 new stars to German restaurants

The world-renowned Michelin Guide awarded Germany’s top restaurants a raft of new honours on Wednesday, handing 23 establishments one star and adding a second star to another gourmet eatery.

Economy minister tells banks to increase lending

Economy minister tells banks to increase lending

New German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle pressed banks Wednesday to increase lending to small- and medium-sized enterprises to support a recovery from the worst recession since World War II.

Enke hid depression for years before suicide

Enke hid depression for years before suicide

Germany was in shock on Wednesday after football player Robert Enke, who was set to represent his country at the 2010 World Cup, committed suicide by throwing himself under a train after suffering years of depression.

Geldof slams German foreign aid as ‘not enough’

Geldof slams German foreign aid as ‘not enough’

Irish singer and political activist Bob Geldof criticised the German government’s foreign aid plans on Wednesday, calling them inadequate after meeting with new Development Minister Dirk Niebel for almost an hour.

Merkel honours WWI dead in Paris

Merkel honours WWI dead in Paris

French and German leaders stood side by side to honour the fallen of World War I on Armistice Day for the first time on Wednesday, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Thief accidentally steals circus lion

Thief accidentally steals circus lion

A truck thief unintentionally stole a circus lion in Wuppertal before crashing the vehicle and fleeing the scene, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia told The Local on Wednesday.

Swine flu vaccine delays irk health officials

Swine flu vaccine delays irk health officials

Criticism of delayed delivery of swine flu vaccinations continued to grown on Wednesday ahead of a so-called “vaccination summit” in Berlin.

Britspotting film festival hits Berlin

Britspotting film festival hits Berlin

The 10th annual Britspotting Film Festival will serve up a diverse programme of new British and Irish movies from November 13 to 18 in Berlin. Check out The Local’s guide to the cinematic highlights from those wilful, windy islands off Europe’s northern coast.

GM’s Henderson apologises for Opel U-turn

GM’s Henderson apologises for Opel U-turn

Fritz Henderson, the CEO of US carmaker General Motors, apologised late on Tuesday evening for how the company handled reversing its decision to sell its troubled German unit Opel.

Karneval kicks off in Cologne

Karneval kicks off in Cologne

Germany’s traditional carnival season kicks off on Wednesday in Cologne, with some 70,000 revellers expected to turn up to party in costume.