Finding blue swords and ‘white gold’ in Meissen

Finding blue swords and ‘white gold’ in Meissen

Three centuries ago, Saxony became one of the world's most important centres for porcelain production. Andrew Curry uncovers the origins of the “white gold” that made Meissen famous.

Industrial output soars

Industrial output soars

Industrial output in Germany shot up 4.0 percent in March, the Economy Ministry said Friday, one day after announcing a surprise spike in industrial orders.

Spring snow to give way to (slightly) warmer weekend

Spring snow to give way to (slightly) warmer weekend

Seven weeks after the official start to spring, snow fell on parts of Germany overnight as the country shivered under an uncompromising return of wintry conditions.

Smart aims to electrify the future of urban mobility

Smart aims to electrify the future of urban mobility

The Local's series “Abgefahren” drives into the future with Smart's new electric two-seater, which carmaker Daimler hopes will help reshape urban mobility.

Bishop Mixa investigated for sex abuse

Bishop Mixa investigated for sex abuse

Controversial Catholic Bishop Walter Mixa, who resigned last month amid claims he had beaten children and misused Church funds, is being investigated now for sexual abuse, prosecutors announced Friday.

Parliament backs unpopular Greek bailout

Parliament backs unpopular Greek bailout

Both houses of the German parliament on Friday approved emergency aid to Greece despite strong popular opposition two days before a state election that could seriously weaken Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition.

Gory ‘death metal’ teacher too gruesome for school

Gory ‘death metal’ teacher too gruesome for school

A trainee high school teacher in Stuttgart who moonlights in a gory death metal band that includes naked, blood-smeared women in its live act, is being threatened with dismissal unless he gives up his music career.

Butt beaming after surprise selection

Butt beaming after surprise selection

Veteran goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt admitted late on Thursday he felt ten years younger after his surprise call-up for Germany's provisional World Cup squad.

Merkel gets pay rise of €4,000 a year

Merkel gets pay rise of €4,000 a year

Chancellor Angela Merkel will be paid an extra €334 per month - or just over €4,000 a year - after the federal government approved its own pay rise, sparking anger from taxpayers, German media reported Friday.

Millions of swine flu shots wasted

Millions of swine flu shots wasted

Germany is stuck with €250 million worth of swine flu vaccine ordered during the height of the flu panic last winter but never used because the mass immunisation campaign was a failure, according to a Friday media report.