German war graves desecrated in France

German war graves desecrated in France

Almost 100 graves of German soldiers killed in the two world wars were desecrated overnight at a cemetery in eastern France, police said on Friday.

Keepin’ it real: Can Lena’s calculated chaos win Eurovision?

Keepin’ it real: Can Lena’s calculated chaos win Eurovision?

Hannover teenager Lena Meyer-Landrut's unpolished charm has made her Germany's most hopeful Eurovision prospect in years. But can she actually win Europe's legendary song contest? The Local talked to the experts to assess her chances.

Police arrest alleged poker heist mastermind

Police arrest alleged poker heist mastermind

Almost three months after an audacious poker heist in Berlin, where robbers made off with some €242,000, police have finally nabbed the alleged mastermind, investigators said on Friday.

Coalition forced to weigh up tax hikes

Coalition forced to weigh up tax hikes

German taxpayers face extra burdens as the federal government considers tax rises to tackle the gaping budget deficits forecast in the years ahead, a media report said Friday.

Germans pay second highest electricity prices in EU

Germans pay second highest electricity prices in EU

Germans pay the second highest rates for electricity in Europe, right behind Denmark, new statistics showed on Friday.

Former MP Tauss sentenced for child porn

Former MP Tauss sentenced for child porn

A Karlsruhe district court handed former Social Democratic parliamentarian Jörg Tauss a 15-month suspended sentence on Friday for the possession of child pornography.

‘Dr. Death’ opens shop selling human cross sections

‘Dr. Death’ opens shop selling human cross sections

Gunther von Hagens, the man behind the controversial anatomical Body Worlds exhibitions, on Friday reopened his Brandenburg plastination plant. The facility comes compete with a shop selling human and animal cross sections.

Military cuts unavoidable, says Guttenberg

Military cuts unavoidable, says Guttenberg

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Friday suggested cutting the size of Germany’s armed forces in response to the government’s dire finances.

Brandenburg floodwaters may have peaked

Brandenburg floodwaters may have peaked

The flooding of the Oder River in Brandenburg appears to have reached its peak, though authorities said Friday they expected the high water levels would continue to pose a danger for up to five days.

Hungary friendly a test for World Cup team

Hungary friendly a test for World Cup team

Germany prepare for life without captain Michael Ballack when they face Hungary in Budapest on Saturday in their penultimate World Cup warm-up.

New shock poll for Merkel’s coalition

New shock poll for Merkel’s coalition

Chancellor Angela Merkel was slapped with a new shock poll result on Friday that showed just one in five voters is happy with her government and – for the first time – a majority hankers for the old “grand coalition.”