Jobless rate drops unexpectedly in March

Jobless rate drops unexpectedly in March

The Federal Labour Agency said Wednesday the number of people out of work in Germany dropped unexpectedly to 8.5 percent in March, as Europe's top economy continued its gradual recovery.

German CIA rendition victim sentenced to jail for assault

German CIA rendition victim sentenced to jail for assault

Khaled el-Masri, a Lebanese-born German citizen mistakenly abducted and tortured by people working for the CIA, has been sentenced to two years in jail for attacking the mayor of a Bavarian city.

Historic steam locomotives gather for Easter train festival

Historic steam locomotives gather for Easter train festival

More than 200 historic trains from various eras will be travelling the rails along scenic routes in southwestern Germany over the Easter holiday, in what organisers are calling the biggest gathering of steam locomotives in more than 30 years.

Brett Macdonald: An international education

Brett Macdonald: An international education

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Brett Macdonald, a Canadian teacher at an international school in Munich.

A piece of chocolate a day keeps the doctor away

A piece of chocolate a day keeps the doctor away

German scientists have discovered that a small piece of chocolate daily can greatly reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, but warned in a study released this week that moderation is key.

Germany backs bank tax for financial crisis fund

Germany backs bank tax for financial crisis fund

The German government on Wednesday backed a new tax on banks for a fund which could be used for bailouts in the event of another financial crisis, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said.

State premier Rüttgers promises folk song revival for re-election

State premier Rüttgers promises folk song revival for re-election

North Rhine-Westphalia's premier Jürgen Rüttgers has reportedly promised he will spearhead efforts for the advancement of German folk music if he is re-elected in May.

Bishop Mixa accused of abusing children

Bishop Mixa accused of abusing children

Five people have accused Germany's controversial Catholic Bishop Walter Mixa of physically abusing them while they were at a children’s home north of Munich in the 1970s and 1980s.

Germany’s Turks don’t need Papa Erdoğan or Mutti Merkel

Germany’s Turks don’t need Papa Erdoğan or Mutti Merkel

The current debate about Turkish schools in Germany exposes how politicians in both Berlin and Ankara like to treat German Turks as if they were children caught in a nasty custody battle, writes Deniz Baspinar from Zeit Online.

Shorter Bundeswehr conscription to cost Defence Ministry millions

Shorter Bundeswehr conscription to cost Defence Ministry millions

The German government’s planned reduction of compulsory military service from nine to six months will end up costing the Defence Ministry an extra €26 million annually, according to a media report on Wednesday.

Insurance agent tops list of unpopular jobs

Insurance agent tops list of unpopular jobs

The least popular professions in Germany are insurance agent followed by career politician, according to a survey released this week.

Bayern stun United in final minute

Bayern stun United in final minute

Bayern Munich stunned Manchester United 2-1 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg Tuesday night, with an injury-time goal by Ivica Olić evoking memories of their famous clash in 1999.