Walton Ford’s lusty menagerie debuts in Berlin

Walton Ford’s lusty menagerie debuts in Berlin

For the first time ever in Europe, US artist Walton Ford’s vivid, sometimes pornographically violent animal paintings are on display in Berlin at an exhibition.

Court rules excessive toilet time no grounds for docked pay

Court rules excessive toilet time no grounds for docked pay

Frequent toilet visits are not grounds for an employer to dock a worker’s pay, according to a Cologne court ruling published on Friday.

Is Germany dying out?

Is Germany dying out?

“Birth rates at an all-time low!” “The Germans are dying out!” “Catastrophic birth rates!” The headlines couldn’t be more alarming, but the statistics behind them lead to more complex conclusions. Jacinta Nandi and Ben Knight pick apart Germany’s demographic anxieties for Exberliner Magazine.

Speed skater Pechstein makes provisional Olympic squad

Speed skater Pechstein makes provisional Olympic squad

The German Speed Skating Federation (DESG) on Friday included Claudia Pechstein in a provisional squad list for the German 2010 Winter Olympics team, despite her two-year suspension for doping.

Talks stall over future of troubled Airbus military plane

Talks stall over future of troubled Airbus military plane

Talks in Berlin on the troubled Airbus A400M military transport plane ended without a breakthrough on Friday but the parties still aim to reach an agreement by January 31, Germany said.

‘Mailbox bomber’ gets life in jail after nearly killing 12-year-old

‘Mailbox bomber’ gets life in jail after nearly killing 12-year-old

A Berlin man known as the “mailbox bomber” was sentenced to life in prison for attempted murder on Friday for building a bomb that severely injured his 12-year-old niece in November 2008.

German TV is murder

German TV is murder

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy examines the country’s beloved TV treasure Tatort.

Munich Airport admits to serious security mistakes

Munich Airport admits to serious security mistakes

Munich Airport has acknowledged two serious mistakes that led to Wednesday’s security breach, which allowed a person to slip away after his laptop set off an alarm for explosives.

English film buffs bring Mönchengladbach to the big screen

English film buffs bring Mönchengladbach to the big screen

Mönchengladbach doesn’t exactly conjure up the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but as Gwen Moores reports, that hasn’t stopped some enterprising English filmmakers from making movies in the western German city.

Man hospitalised after nuclear plant leak

Man hospitalised after nuclear plant leak

A leak in a uranium enrichment plant in Gronau, Germany exposed an employee to a high level of radiation but posed no danger to people outside the facility, the firm operating the plant said on Friday.

Merkel calls minister meeting on Afghanistan ahead of summit

Merkel calls minister meeting on Afghanistan ahead of summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called a meeting of top ministers to discuss the country’s plans for Afghanistan ahead of the international summit on the strife-torn country in London on January 28.

Berlin ensures future of Stasi file archive

Berlin ensures future of Stasi file archive

Work at the Stasi file archive in Berlin will continue in the future due to the “unbroken need” of people for the information collected by feared East German secret police, Chancellery Chief of Staff Ronald Pofalla ensured on Friday.

German embassy distributes anti-Mafia tourist maps for Sicily

German embassy distributes anti-Mafia tourist maps for Sicily

German tourists can now obtain a map of Sicily's capital Palermo flagging the shops that refuse to pay extortion money to the Mafia, the German embassy in Rome has announced.