Market watchdog Bafin probing UBS unit

Market watchdog Bafin probing UBS unit

Financial markets watchdog Bafin is investigating a subsidiary of Swiss bank UBS that German officials suspect may have helped clients avoid paying taxes, Bafin and the bank said Thursday.

Etsy gets made in Berlin

Etsy gets made in Berlin

It’s the virtual equivalent of a German flea market – without the hippies and stolen bikes. Etsy, the American social commerce website focused on handmade and vintage goods, is going international this week with a new headquarters in Berlin.

Munich voted Europe’s best airport

Munich voted Europe’s best airport

Munich Airport has been voted Europe’s best airport – and fourth best in the world – in a poll released Thursday of nearly 10 million travellers from more than 100 countries.

Green Technologies: Feed-in tariffs

Green Technologies: Feed-in tariffs

Germany has long been a leader in “green” technologies, but it’s facing growing competition from around the globe. In a special report for The Local, Sally McGrane examines the energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Green Technologies: Solar

Green Technologies: Solar

Germany has long been a leader in “green” technologies, but it’s facing growing competition from around the globe. In a special report for The Local, Sally McGrane examines the energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Green Technologies: Wind

Green Technologies: Wind

Germany has long been a leader in “green” technologies, but it’s facing growing competition from around the globe. In a special report for The Local, Sally McGrane examines the energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Green Technologies: Bio-energy

Green Technologies: Bio-energy

Germany has long been a leader in “green” technologies, but it’s facing growing global competition from around the globe. In a special report for The Local, Sally McGrane examines the energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Green Technologies: E-mobility

Green Technologies: E-mobility

Germany has long been a leader in “green” technologies, but it’s facing growing global competition from around the globe. In a special report for The Local, Sally McGrane examines the energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Court rejects backdated Hartz IV welfare increase

Court rejects backdated Hartz IV welfare increase

Welfare recipients hoping for a windfall from the current review of Hartz IV unemployment benefits are set for disappointment after Germany's highest court ruled Thursday that any hike should not be backdated.

Merkel discusses nuclear Iran with China’s Wen

Merkel discusses nuclear Iran with China’s Wen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held telephone talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Thursday on Iran's nuclear programme and international climate policy, her office said.

Gloomy Easter weather to creep in from the west

Gloomy Easter weather to creep in from the west

Much of Germany will spend Easter under cloudy and rainy skies with only the eastern part of country likely to see much sun, the German Weather Service (DWD) forecast on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: April 1 – 7

What’s on in Germany: April 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: Tchaikovsky glides across the ice in Frankfurt, Method Man takes the mic in Munich, and a new exhibition opens at Berlin's temporary modern art space.

Child abuse reported at East German institutions

Child abuse reported at East German institutions

As the sex abuse scandal within Germany’s Catholic Church continues to unfold, former charges at East German children’s homes have come forward to allege there was also widespread abuse in the communist country's state-run institutions.

Von der Leyen tops poll for favourite politician

Von der Leyen tops poll for favourite politician

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen has overtaken Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg as Germany’s favourite politician, according to a poll released this week.

Cracks still plaguing Holocaust memorial

Cracks still plaguing Holocaust memorial

As the fifth anniversary of the inauguration of Berlin's Holocaust memorial draws near, controversy dogs the site as a committee of experts looks into how to repair cracks spreading through the maze of concrete blocks.

The Local launches America’s News in British English

The Local launches America’s News in British English

With English-speakers worldwide seeing their own versions of the language eroded by a global standard, The Local is launching an ambitious new project to bring befuddled migrants all the latest news in the English that suits them best.