Merkel says states ready to help Opel

Merkel says states ready to help Opel

Four German states with Opel factories are ready to provide financial assistance to US auto giant General Motors, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday after meeting regional officials.

UK’s Clegg charms Berlin with German skills

UK’s Clegg charms Berlin with German skills

Nick Clegg, Britain's new deputy prime minister, has already made history with his meteoric career, but on Thursday he notched up another feat for an English politician: speaking German to the Germans.

John E. Woods: Bringing German literature to the world

John E. Woods: Bringing German literature to the world

Prize-winning translator John E. Woods has brought great German literature to English speakers for more than 30 years. The Local's series "Making it in Germany" sat down with him to discuss what he calls a dangerous and lonely task.

Supermarket cashier wrongly fired for taking deposit slips

Supermarket cashier wrongly fired for taking deposit slips

A federal labour court in Erfurt ruled on Thursday that a former cashier for the Kaiser’s supermarket chain was unjustly fired for allegedly taking €1.30 in bottle deposits after 31 years on the job.

Neighbourhood feud ends in bloody weed-whacker attack

Neighbourhood feud ends in bloody weed-whacker attack

A 20-year feud between two neighbours in the German state of Hesse revved up this week, ending in bloodshed when one of the elderly men attacked the other with a weed whacker, police reported on Thursday.

German Jews sending aid ship to Gaza Strip

German Jews sending aid ship to Gaza Strip

German Jews are preparing to send a ship loaded with humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip at the end of July despite an Israeli blockade, a representative of the initiative said Thursday.

Where to watch World Cup matches in Germany

Where to watch World Cup matches in Germany

Want to know where to catch all the action for the 2010 World Cup? Check out The Local’s list of places in Germany to watch the football and submit your own suggestions.

Ten percent of schoolchildren think the sun rises in the North

Ten percent of schoolchildren think the sun rises in the North

Every tenth German schoolchild expects the sun to rise in the North, according to a study published on Thursday revealing widespread ignorance about nature among the country’s youth.

What’s on in Germany: June 10 – 16

What’s on in Germany: June 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: Giant sand sculptures in Berlin, Dr. Jane Goodall in Munich and Japanese ballet in Hamburg.

Storm causes flooding and fires from lightning

Storm causes flooding and fires from lightning

The states of Hesse, Thuringia and Rhineland-Palatinate reported heavy damages on Thursday after a series of severe thunderstorms caused house fires, and flooded streets and cellars overnight.

States agree to reform TV licence fees

States agree to reform TV licence fees

Germany’s state premiers have agreed to overhaul the country’s hated GEZ broadcasting licence fees and institute a per-household charge for public television and radio.

Employers’ group supports watching World Cup at work

Employers’ group supports watching World Cup at work

Germany’s bosses should allow their workers to watch daytime World Cup games on the job, head of the BDA national employers' association Dieter Hundt said on Thursday.

Merkel ‘strongly welcomes’ Iran sanctions

Merkel ‘strongly welcomes’ Iran sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said late on Wednesday that she "strongly welcomed" a decision by the UN Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.

Legendary Beckenbauer backs Germany for semi-finals

Legendary Beckenbauer backs Germany for semi-finals

Football legend Franz Beckenbauer has backed Germany's young side to reach at least the semi-finals in their bid to win a fourth World Cup title.