Honey bees monitor air quality at Hamburg Airport

Honey bees monitor air quality at Hamburg Airport

The Hamburg Airport has welcomed a group of special environmental detectives to its runways this spring. For the next few months, six hives of honey bees will be stationed along the tarmac to monitor air quality.

Making comfy footwear for hippies and supermodels

Making comfy footwear for hippies and supermodels

The Local’s series “Made in Germany” presents the best the country has to offer. And what better way to get things off on the right foot than by profiling the iconic Teutonic footwear maker Birkenstock?

German police using their guns less

German police using their guns less

Despite increasing violence against police, officers are reaching for their weapons less often, statistics from the IMK association of state interior ministers showed on Wednesday.

Lufthansa forecasts higher profits for 2010

Lufthansa forecasts higher profits for 2010

Lufthansa, the biggest European airline, said on Wednesday it expected stronger profits this year despite a sharp first-quarter loss, but stressed the environment was uncertain.

Arms dealer Schreiber jailed for eight years

Arms dealer Schreiber jailed for eight years

A court in Augsburg on Wednesday sentenced Karlheinz Schreiber, an arms dealer who was a key player in a party funding scandal that helped propel Chancellor Angela Merkel to power, to eight years in prison.

Voters blasé ahead of crucial state vote in the Rhineland

Voters blasé ahead of crucial state vote in the Rhineland

Voter turnout for the crucial May 9 election in North Rhine-Westphalia will likely be low, polling experts said on Wednesday. Meanwhile support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in the state continues to slide.

Merkel says EU’s future at stake in Greek crisis

Merkel says EU’s future at stake in Greek crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that the Greek debt crisis had put the fate of the Europe Union and Germany's role within the bloc on the line.

Cavern likely caused deadly rock slide that crushed family home

Cavern likely caused deadly rock slide that crushed family home

The enormous boulder that fell on a Bavarian home and killed two in January has been linked to a cave in the cliff behind the home, a media report said on Wednesday.

BMW upgrades 2010 outlook following profitable quarter

BMW upgrades 2010 outlook following profitable quarter

BMW, the world’s leading luxury car maker, posted Wednesday a first-quarter net profit to €324 million, and upgraded its full-year outlook.

Klein unlikely to be disciplined over air strike

Klein unlikely to be disciplined over air strike

Colonel Georg Klein, the Bundeswehr officer who ordered a deadly bombardment that left dozens of civilians dead in Afghanistan last year, is reportedly not likely to face disciplinary action.