Merkel talks tough on aid for Greece

Merkel talks tough on aid for Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Friday that aid to Greece was not automatic and depended on Athens producing a credible savings plan and proof that eurozone stability was on the line.

Losses from failed bank are tough luck, court rules

Losses from failed bank are tough luck, court rules

Angry German investors seeking compensation for worthless securities from the insolvent US bank Lehman Brothers have had their case knocked back by a Hamburg court, which told them the loss was their “own fault.”

Driver obeys car navigation literally, promptly crashes

Driver obeys car navigation literally, promptly crashes

A Bavarian man was given a persuasive lesson in the fallibility of technology Thursday night when he crashed into another car and injured an 11-year-old boy after obeying his car navigation device's command to turn around on a divided autobahn.

Of mice and Portnoy

Of mice and Portnoy

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy lauds the enduring genius of the country's very own cartoon mouse children's show.

Business confidence hits two-year high

Business confidence hits two-year high

Business confidence in Germany rose sharply to a near two-year high in April, the closely watched Ifo index showed Friday, in another sign of recovery in Europe's top economy.

Sugary children’s drink voted year’s worst advertising lie

Sugary children’s drink voted year’s worst advertising lie

German food industry watchdog Foodwatch on Thursday awarded the manufacturers of the ultra-sweet children’s beverage “Monte Drink” with their unflattering “Golden Cream Puff” award for most brazen advertising lie of the year.

Catholics ready for Church exodus, poll finds

Catholics ready for Church exodus, poll finds

Nearly a quarter of Germany’s 25 million Catholics are considering turning their backs on their Church in the wake of the child abuse scandals, a survey published Friday found.

Lufthansa offers iPhone loser free flight for German pub crawl

Lufthansa offers iPhone loser free flight for German pub crawl

Gray Powell, the Apple employee who blew a hole in the technology firm’s product security by losing a top-secret iPhone prototype after a session on German beer, has been offered a chance to drown his sorrows by airline Lufthansa.

FDP gears up for fresh tax cut battle

FDP gears up for fresh tax cut battle

The pro-business Free Democrats are planning to use their party conference Saturday to trumpet their new tax plan, even as senior members of their conservative coalition partners, the Christian Democrats, attack the proposals.

Catholics relieved by Mixa’s resignation

Catholics relieved by Mixa’s resignation

As Germany’s 25 million Catholics await word on whether the Vatican has accepted embattled Bishop Walter Mixa’s resignation, senior Church members on Friday expressed relief over – and respect for – Mixa’s decision to step down.

Bayern eye treble championship dream

Bayern eye treble championship dream

After their Champions League success midweek, Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal plans to keep the treble dream alive when they return to Bundesliga action at Mönchengladbach on Saturday.