American opinion of Germany improves

American opinion of Germany improves

US President Barack Obama may be having difficulties at home, but a new poll shows he’s greatly improved German-American relations and even created a few new Germany fans in the United States.

Court rules anti-terror data storage illegal

Court rules anti-terror data storage illegal

In a victory for privacy advocates, Germany’s highest court on Tuesday knocked down an anti-terrorism law that allows authorities to store all phone and internet records of private citizens.

Portnoy’s Podcast: Ralph Martin, Hartz IV and naked sledding

Portnoy’s Podcast: Ralph Martin, Hartz IV and naked sledding

The Local is proud to present the third podcast of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, our regular column about life in Germany.

Construction worker finds €100,000 hidden under old bathtub

Construction worker finds €100,000 hidden under old bathtub

A young construction worker in Munich has discovered €100,000 underneath a bathtub while renovating an apartment, police reported on Tuesday.

Daimler teams up with Chinese carmaker BYD for electric auto

Daimler teams up with Chinese carmaker BYD for electric auto

Chinese auto maker BYD (Build Your Dreams) and German giant Daimler have signed a preliminary agreement to mass produce an electric car together, executives said at the Geneva motor show on Tuesday.

Teachers reject claim German schools are IT failures

Teachers reject claim German schools are IT failures

The national teachers’ association on Tuesday rejected claims by Microsoft that German schools were failing to offer students adequate computer training, telling The Local better libraries were needed instead.

Porsche unveils ‘green’ supercar for petrol-heads

Porsche unveils ‘green’ supercar for petrol-heads

Porsche unveiled a futuristic hybrid supercar this week that it claims can hit 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds while emitting just a tiny fraction of the carbon put out by most sports cars.

GM to triple financial boost to Opel

GM to triple financial boost to Opel

US carmaker General Motors will pour substantially more money into its struggling German unit Opel than previously planned, the company announced on Tuesday.

Man regrets naming storm ‘Xynthia’

Man regrets naming storm ‘Xynthia’

The man who named the weekend's deadly Atlantic storm "Xynthia" after winning a competition said on Monday he was sorry the name would now always be linked to death and destruction.

MPs earning thousands from moonlighting

MPs earning thousands from moonlighting

Moonlighting members of the German parliament are earning thousands of euros from outside jobs, with MPs from the ruling centre-right coalition far outstripping those in the opposition parties, a report released late Monday revealed.

Tech fair CeBIT hopes new gadgets will woo back consumers

Tech fair CeBIT hopes new gadgets will woo back consumers

CeBIT, the world's biggest technology trade fair, opened to the public in Hannover on Tuesday, as the beleaguered IT sector sought to woo consumers with trendy gadgets to make life easier and more fun.