Discounting death

Discounting death

Discount supermarkets and economy airlines have long done a roaring trade in Germany, but an increasing number of Germans are taking their thriftiness to the grave. The Local’s Kristen Allen reports on the trend toward bargain burials and anonymous funerals.

No need for ‘unease’ about Greece, Berlin says

No need for ‘unease’ about Greece, Berlin says

Germany said on Friday that it sees no reason for "unease" over Greece's fiscal woes and that it is confident that Athens will live up to its promises to rein in its yawning budget deficit.

Hamburg put on ice as Alster freezes

Hamburg put on ice as Alster freezes

The deep freeze hitting Germany this winter has frozen Hamburg’s Alster Lake for the first time in over a decade. Jeff Kavanagh laces up his skates to go for a spin.

Two homes evacuated after landslide opens huge crater

Two homes evacuated after landslide opens huge crater

Two homes in the town of Tiefenort in Thuringia were evacuated on Friday after a landslide opened up a two-metre crater nearby.

Freight train derailment in Lower Saxony delays commuter traffic

Freight train derailment in Lower Saxony delays commuter traffic

A freight train laden with auto parts derailed near the village of Schandelah in the state of Lower Saxony on Friday morning, forcing commuter traffic in the state to be rerouted.

Bayern Munich must win all games for title, Gomez says

Bayern Munich must win all games for title, Gomez says

Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez believes the German giants need to win all of their remaining Bundesliga games to be sure of the title - starting with Mainz on Saturday.

BMW sales slid by almost five percent in 2009

BMW sales slid by almost five percent in 2009

German group BMW said Friday that 2009 sales slipped by 4.7 percent as the luxury car market was hit by the global recession, but added it expected to sell more than 1.3 million autos this year.

Haitian children arrive in Frankfurt for adoption

Haitian children arrive in Frankfurt for adoption

Sixty Haitian children have arrived in Germany where they will be adopted some two weeks after the earthquake that devastated their country.

Berlin says Afghanistan talks a ‘turning point’

Berlin says Afghanistan talks a ‘turning point’

Germany believes Thursday's conference in London to map out Afghanistan's future could be a "turning point" for the country, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle.

Teen kicked off train on coldest night of the year

Teen kicked off train on coldest night of the year

A Deutsche Bahn conductor will be disciplined after she threw a 16-year-old girl off a train on the coldest night of the year. The incident is the latest in a string of controversial measures taken against children without proper tickets.