Friedrich says German squad ready for World Cup without Ballack

Friedrich says German squad ready for World Cup without Ballack

Germany's next generation of stars is ready to step up into the breach left by captain Michael Ballack, who was ruled out of the World Cup with an ankle injury, centre-back Arne Friedrich said Tuesday.

Leftists name third presidential candidate

Leftists name third presidential candidate

The socialist Left Party has chosen one of its own MPs, former television journalist Lukrezia Jochimsen, to challenge Christian Wulff and Joachim Gauck for Germany’s presidency, media reported Tuesday.

Police woman kills kids and takes own life

Police woman kills kids and takes own life

A young policewoman has strangled her two children, aged five and 10, and then killed herself in Brandenburg, police announced on Tuesday.

Where the axe has fallen: a budget cut breakdown

Where the axe has fallen: a budget cut breakdown

As the dust settles on the German government's plans for a round of brutal belt-tightening, The Local breaks down the numbers and the details to see how it affects you.

Berlin Air Show takes off

Berlin Air Show takes off

The Berlin Air Show welcomed the world's leading aerospace firms to the German capital on Tuesday, with Airbus's A380 superjumbo set to be one of the stars.

Critics call for end to GEZ television licence fees

Critics call for end to GEZ television licence fees

Critics are once again calling for an end to Germany’s hated GEZ public broadcasting licence fees ahead of a meeting of state premiers on Wednesday.

Portnoy’s Podcast: Hanging ten with Michael Scott Moore

Portnoy’s Podcast: Hanging ten with Michael Scott Moore

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

Trial over Aachen jailbreak begins

Trial over Aachen jailbreak begins

Court began proceedings started on Tuesday against two inmates who staged a dramatic jailbreak from a maximum-security prison in the Aachen area last year, keeping Germany on edge for five days as fugitives.

Austerity package sparks heated debate

Austerity package sparks heated debate

The government’s plan for deep spending cuts sparked fierce debate on Tuesday, with some in the coalition defending the package while social justice advocates, unions and German cities slammed the plan as unjust.

Bankrupt Karstadt chain finds US-German buyer

Bankrupt Karstadt chain finds US-German buyer

A US-German investor and the US fashion group BCBG Max Azria are to acquire Karstadt, the famed but financially troubled German department store chain, Karstadt's judicial administrator said Monday.