Löw defends picking Leverkusen’s Adler as number one for World Cup

Löw defends picking Leverkusen’s Adler as number one for World Cup

Germany's national football coach Joachim Löw insisted on Wednesday Rene Adler remains his first-choice goalkeeper going into the World Cup despite growing criticism of Bayer Leverkusen's goalie.

The Hedonist List: enjoy Berlin in style this month

The Hedonist List: enjoy Berlin in style this month

The Local has partnered with A Hedonist's Guide To..., a luxury city guide series for travellers who value both style and substance when it comes to soaking up a city. Every month it will be bringing readers of The Local its picks of the best places to sleep, eat, drink, party and see in Berlin. It is also doing the same for Stockholm on TheLocal.se.

Record highs expected

Record highs expected

Widespread sunshine combined with warm Mediterranean air moving into Germany have meteorologists expecting record highs in the coming days, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Wednesday.

Erdogan urges Germany to allow dual citizenship

Erdogan urges Germany to allow dual citizenship

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged Germany, where some three million people of Turkish origin live, to loosen its rules for dual citizenship.

Court rules linking gas to oil prices illegal

Court rules linking gas to oil prices illegal

Natural gas customers in Germany may be in for some price relief after a court ruled Wednesday that energy companies could not link prices to fluctuations in the price of oil.

Axel Springer merges eastern holdings with Swiss group

Axel Springer merges eastern holdings with Swiss group

German media group Axel Springer announced on Wednesday it would merge its Eastern European operations with those of Switzerland's Ringier to create one of the region's biggest print and digital publishers.

Playing Europe’s bad cop

Playing Europe’s bad cop

Ahead of an EU summit this week, Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken a hard line on financial aid for Greece. The Local’s Marc Young explains why the euro needs someone other than Germany to play Europe’s bad cop.

Trust in Catholic Church plummets amid abuse scandal

Trust in Catholic Church plummets amid abuse scandal

Trust in the Catholic Church has taken a heavy blow, a poll released Wednesday revealed, with barely one in six Germans saying they had confidence in the Church in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal.

Minister says Hartz IV unfairly penalises teen summer jobs

Minister says Hartz IV unfairly penalises teen summer jobs

Children of unemployed parents should be able to take holiday jobs without the additional income affecting their family’s Hartz IV welfare payments under a move to fix an “incomprehensible” flaw in the system, Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said Wednesday.

Poker heist haul still a mystery despite arrests

Poker heist haul still a mystery despite arrests

Despite having five suspects in custody over the recent spectacular poker heist in Berlin, police have recovered just €4,000 of the estimated €242,000 stolen, authorities said Tuesday.

Daimler to settle bribery claims with €134 million in fines

Daimler to settle bribery claims with €134 million in fines

Daimler will pay some €134 million in fines to settle US allegations that the German automaker habitually bribed foreign officials, a source close to the case told the news agency AFP on Tuesday.

Merkel pushes IMF plan for Greece

Merkel pushes IMF plan for Greece

Germany and France are hatching a plan to spread the burden of helping cash-strapped Greece by having the International Monetary Fund provide emergency financial help to the ailing country, media reported Wednesday.