Munich Re warns climate change could cost billions

Munich Re warns climate change could cost billions

Natural disasters linked to climate change could cost the insurance industry billions of dollars in extra settlement payments every year, German insurance giant Munich Re said Thursday.

German media roundup: Jung under fire for Afghan air strike

German media roundup: Jung under fire for Afghan air strike

With German military officials admitting they withheld information about a controversial NATO air strike, the political future of former Defence Minister and current Labour Minister Franz Josef Jung hangs in the balance. Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup believe it's time for him to resign.

Audi inks €90-million deal with Bayern Munich

Audi inks €90-million deal with Bayern Munich

Car manufacturer Audi has purchased a 9.09 percent stake in German football team Bayern Munich in a deal worth €90 million, the Bundesliga club announced on Thursday.

Google’s web analysis tools face German scrutiny

Google’s web analysis tools face German scrutiny

Google is once again facing the possibility that it could run afoul of Germany's strict privacy laws. The culprit this time? The web analysis tools of the US internet giant and other firms.

‘Parking lot sheriff’ arrested for draconian towing charges

‘Parking lot sheriff’ arrested for draconian towing charges

An Augsburg business owner known as the “parking lot sheriff” has been charged with extortion and coercion for taking advantage of parking offenders by confiscating their vehicles and demanding exorbitant fees, court officials said Thursday.

Dresden residents complain about city’s stinkiest street

Dresden residents complain about city’s stinkiest street

Residents of a lovely tree-lined street in Dresden are suffering through pungent problem this autumn. The prized Gingko biloba trees are shedding mounds of seeds that give off an unbearably foul faecal scent, they say.

Man gets life after court rejects appeal for sister’s ‘honour killing’

Man gets life after court rejects appeal for sister’s ‘honour killing’

A German-Afghan man who stabbed his teenage sister to death in a grisly "honour killing" was sentenced to life imprisonment after a court in Karlsruhe rejected his appeal on Thursday.

Religious couple fined for home schooling their children

Religious couple fined for home schooling their children

A German couple who tried to teach their children Christian values at home has been fined by a Kassel court for refusing to send them to school.

What’s on in Germany: November 26-December 2

What’s on in Germany: November 26-December 2

This Week's Highlights: Rhythmic gymnastics in Berlin, The Third Man in Munich, and Dresden hosts a festival of computer based art.

Bundeswehr chief of staff resigns over air strike

Bundeswehr chief of staff resigns over air strike

The Bundeswehr's top officer, Chief of Staff Wolfgang Schneiderhan, resigned on Thursday following revelations that information about civilian casualties caused by a deadly NATO air strike in Afghanistan had been withheld by the Defence Ministry.

Privacy advocate attacks EU bank data exchange with US

Privacy advocate attacks EU bank data exchange with US

Germany's federal data protection commissioner Peter Schaar has slammed the EU’s plan to share citizens’ bank data with the United States as an unacceptable breach of privacy, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Thursday.

Victory puts Bayern Munich back on track

Victory puts Bayern Munich back on track

Embattled Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal admitted he was relieved after the German giants kept their Champions League dream alive with a crucial 1-0 win over Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday night.