Meeting the ‘golden girls’ of prostitution

Meeting the ‘golden girls’ of prostitution

Audiences at this year's Berlin International Film Festival have embraced a documentary by a budding German filmmaker tackling a titillating topic – working prostitutes old enough to be grandmothers.

Contaminated Austrian cheese kills two Germans

Contaminated Austrian cheese kills two Germans

Two people have died in Germany from eating contaminated Austrian cheese that has sparked a massive product recall and consumer warning, authorities announced on Tuesday.

VW offers job guarantees to 100,000 workers

VW offers job guarantees to 100,000 workers

Nearly 100,000 Volkswagen employees in Germany have had their jobs guaranteed until the end of 2014 under a deal struck between the carmaker and union officials on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bahn to ditch English

Deutsche Bahn to ditch English

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is ditching or changing its use of English terms such as “Service Point,” “hotline” and “Call a Bike” amid concerns gratuitous and unintelligible Anglicisms are irking its customers.

Policeman killed in Karlsruhe tram collision

Policeman killed in Karlsruhe tram collision

A policeman was killed on Monday night when his patrol car collided with a tram in Karlsruhe – the latest in string of serious streetcar accidents in the southwestern German city.

Damages for Catholic abuse could cost millions

Damages for Catholic abuse could cost millions

As more victims of sexual abuse by priests in the German Catholic church in the 1970s and 80s come forward, their lawyers said on Tuesday that compensation could reach into the millions.

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The winners of The Local’s Berlinale book giveaway

Five lucky subscribers to our weekly newsletter have won a copy of the book inspiring Roman Polanski's film "The Ghost Writer," which just premiered at this year’s Berlinale.

Cologne may use controlled flooding to save metro

Cologne may use controlled flooding to save metro

Cologne authorities have drawn up a drastic plan to prop up the city’s precarious metro construction sites by flooding them with water if a collapse seems imminent, city officials said Monday.

Fake medicine trade booming

Fake medicine trade booming

More than one in three Germans has bought prescription medicines without a doctor's script, according to a study released Tuesday that reveals the scope of Europe's counterfeit pharmaceutical trade.

Hartz IV ruling sparks jump in welfare applications

Hartz IV ruling sparks jump in welfare applications

Job centres in Germany have been flooded by applications for welfare payments following a Constitutional Court ruling that could pave the way for Hartz IV benefits to be raised, daily Bild reported Tuesday.

Germany takes skating bronze despite fall

Germany takes skating bronze despite fall

Germany has risen to second place in the medal tally at the Winter Olympics after figure skaters Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy snared a bronze medal overnight despite an error-riddled performance.