Floodwaters heading towards Germany

Floodwaters heading towards Germany

Deadly floods that have hit eastern and central Europe are expected to reach Germany over the weekend though with less intensity, authorities said on Wednesday.

Prosecutors probe Google for data breach

Prosecutors probe Google for data breach

Hamburg public prosecutor’s office opened an investigation into US internet giant Google on Wednesday following the company’s admission that it had mistakenly gathered personal data over unsecured systems with its Street View mapping service.

Saxon craftsmanship before its time

Saxon craftsmanship before its time

The Local’s series “Made in Germany” presents the best the country has to offer, including Saxony’s noble watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne.

Prosecutors file rape charges against weatherman Kachelmann

Prosecutors file rape charges against weatherman Kachelmann

Mannheim public prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they had filed rape charges against Germany’s most famous weatherman Jörg Kachelmann following several weeks of holding him on remand.

Merkel warns Europe’s fate tied to euro

Merkel warns Europe’s fate tied to euro

Chancellor Angela Merkel called Wednesday for a radical overhaul of Europe's fiscal rules along German lines, warning of "incalculable consequences" for the European Union if the euro were to fail.

Lufthansa receives first A380 superjumbo

Lufthansa receives first A380 superjumbo

German airline Lufthansa on Wednesday celebrated the handover of its first “superjumbo” A380 jetliner, which manufacture Airbus hopes will revolutionise long-distance air travel.

Ballack tells Schweinsteiger to lead World Cup team

Ballack tells Schweinsteiger to lead World Cup team

Michael Ballack, injured captain of the German national football team, signalled on Wednesday that Bastian Schweinsteiger needed to step up and lead his side to success in the World Cup finals in South Africa this summer.

Centre-right coalition partners reach 10-year voter approval low

Centre-right coalition partners reach 10-year voter approval low

After bitter defeat in the key North Rhine-Westphalia state poll this month, a new poll showed on Wednesday that Germany's centre-right coalition parties have reached a 10-year low in public approval.

Euro slides after German trading crackdown

Euro slides after German trading crackdown

Germany clamped down on speculative trading, introducing new rules Wednesday in a bid to ease the market volatility it says threatens the eurozone economies.

Heating bill refunds likely for millions of renters

Heating bill refunds likely for millions of renters

Millions of renters in Germany stand to get refunds for their 2009 heating costs, a media report said on Wednesday.