4G phone auction raises ‘only’ €4.4 billion

4G phone auction raises ‘only’ €4.4 billion

Europe's first auction of "fourth generation" frequencies, which promise to revolutionise what mobile phones can do, raised €4.4 billion ($5.4 billion), German authorities said Thursday.

Living the wildlife in Berlin

Living the wildlife in Berlin

Berlin might be Germany’s biggest city, but its network of parks, woodlands, waterways and undeveloped spaces make it popular with wildlife as well as people. Hannah Cleaver went to see what happens when their interests collide.

Westerwelle stresses privacy concerns to Google founder Page

Westerwelle stresses privacy concerns to Google founder Page

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle met Google co-founder Larry Page Thursday, amid tensions over its controversial Street View service and Berlin's concerns about data privacy.

University graduates pick Audi as best place to work

University graduates pick Audi as best place to work

Germany’s most attractive employer among this year's crop of university graduates is Ingolstadt-based luxury carmaker Audi, a survey showed this week.

Portnoy’s Podcast: Amok Mama and a female Fatherland

Portnoy’s Podcast: Amok Mama and a female Fatherland

The Local is proud to present the fourth podcast of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, our regular column about life in Germany.

Facebook group launches ‘virtual protest’ against neo-Nazis

Facebook group launches ‘virtual protest’ against neo-Nazis

A rapidly growing new German Facebook group is protesting neo-Nazi content by creating a “virtual candle-lit demonstration” on the social networking website.

Merkel pushes for new global financial rules

Merkel pushes for new global financial rules

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday took up her campaign for greater financial market regulation and stricter EU budgetary rules at a meeting in Berlin with top officials from around the world.

Afghan mission costing triple ministry estimates

Afghan mission costing triple ministry estimates

Germany’s military contribution to NATO operations in Afghanistan costs three times as much as Defence Ministry figures report, according to the DIW economics institute on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: May 20 – 26

What’s on in Germany: May 20 – 26

This Week's Highlights: The Carnival of Cultures in Berlin, the Electronic Beats Festival in Cologne, and a night for dirndls and lederhosen in Munich.

No new clues on kidnapped banker’s wife

No new clues on kidnapped banker’s wife

The Heidenheim family of kidnapped banker’s wife Maria Bögerl appeared on German television Wednesday night in an appeal for clues to her disappearance. But police said they still have no solid leads on her whereabouts.

Ninjas save German student from alley robbery in Sydney

Ninjas save German student from alley robbery in Sydney

Australian ninjas have rescued a German medical student being robbed in an alleyway in Sydney, media reports said on Wednesday.

ECB lays cornerstone for new Frankfurt headquarters

ECB lays cornerstone for new Frankfurt headquarters

As a financial storm battered Europe and rain beat down on Frankfurt, the European Central Bank laid the cornerstone on Wednesday for its glittering new twin-towered headquarters.