Teens to go unpunished for torturing pensioner

Teens to go unpunished for torturing pensioner

Police on Wednesday said two teen boys will likely not face prosecution for torturing an elderly Munich woman this week because they are only aged 13.

Fake ‘glaciers’ grown to combat big melt

Fake ‘glaciers’ grown to combat big melt

An entrepreneurial German physicist has created artificial “glaciers” in the Black Forest with the aim of boosting Alpine tourism and providing water supplies in the age of climate change.

Hamburg authorities criticised after teen deportee’s death

Hamburg authorities criticised after teen deportee’s death

The city of Hamburg is facing heavy criticism following the suicide of a 17-year-old boy held in custody ahead of his planned deportation back to Georgia.

Riesch leaves Vonn behind in blistering Garmisch downhill run

Riesch leaves Vonn behind in blistering Garmisch downhill run

Germany's Maria Riesch romped to victory in the women's World Cup finals downhill race in Garmisch on Wednesday, leaving Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States in her wake.

Child abuse scandal spreads to Catholic dorm

Child abuse scandal spreads to Catholic dorm

A Roman Catholic dormitory near Frankfurt closed in 1981 on Wednesday became the latest religious institution enmeshed in a child abuse scandal now involving over two-thirds of Germany's dioceses.

The worst of times for literary translators in Germany?

The worst of times for literary translators in Germany?

In the wake of the worst recession since World War II, the German Foreign Ministry has decided to cut funding to international literary projects. Advocates say it imperils the already threadbare livelihood of translators across the country.

Fun and games in the Fatherland

Fun and games in the Fatherland

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy muses on the Teutonic penchant for deriving pleasure from other people’s pain.

Rösler threatens pharma industry with drug discounts

Rösler threatens pharma industry with drug discounts

German Health Minister Philipp Rösler on Wednesday threatened the pharmaceutical industry with mandated drug discounts to help rein in costs.

Bayern’s Schweini wary of Champions League big guns

Bayern’s Schweini wary of Champions League big guns

German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger admitted he would be pleased if Bayern Munich avoided the Champions League's top teams in the quarter-finals after scraping past Fiorentina this week.

MP faces investigation over use of dodgy ‘Dr’ title

MP faces investigation over use of dodgy ‘Dr’ title

German authorities are investigating a federal member of parliament over his use of a dodgy “Doctor” title, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Wednesday.

Economists dismiss European IMF idea

Economists dismiss European IMF idea

Talk of a European version of the International Monetary Fund to rescue errant EU states is little more than a distracting sideshow, analysts and a key central banker say.

Westerwelle blasted over partner’s travel

Westerwelle blasted over partner’s travel

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was hit with criticism Wednesday that his partner Michael Mronz was accompanying him on a South American trip to do his own business networking.