Modernist painter Sigmar Polke dead at 69

Modernist painter Sigmar Polke dead at 69

One of Germany's most important painters, the modernist Sigmar Polke, died overnight aged 69 after a long battle with cancer, his art dealer Erhard Klein said on Friday.

Lahm plays captain, but Schweinsteiger becomes boss

Lahm plays captain, but Schweinsteiger becomes boss

Germany coach Joachim Löw may have selected Philipp Lahm as skipper for the World Cup in place of the injured Michael Ballack, but the real 'boss' of the German team is arguably Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The daily World Cup roundup

The daily World Cup roundup

The Local’s World Cup blog offers an outsider’s perspective on German football as Die Mannschaft goes for glory in South Africa. Don’t miss our daily roundup!

Severe storms to subside for pleasant weekend

Severe storms to subside for pleasant weekend

After two nights of severe thunder storms and flooding across parts of the country, the German Weather Service (DWD) on Friday forecast calmer, milder conditions for the weekend.

Teachers to get training in forced marriage prevention

Teachers to get training in forced marriage prevention

German teachers are to get guidelines on handling the issue of forced marriages with their pupils, the government said Friday following a spate cases in recent months.

Bundesbank hikes 2010 growth forecast

Bundesbank hikes 2010 growth forecast

The Bundesbank boosted its growth forecast for Germany on Friday for this year, as Europe's biggest economy cashes in on the gradual global recovery.

Mutti Merkel fed up with coalition bickering

Mutti Merkel fed up with coalition bickering

The normally staid world of German politics has been enlivened recently by some colourful name-calling within Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition. But now she has had enough.

Luxury goods market set to rebound

Luxury goods market set to rebound

Luxury goods producers are slowly recovering from the global financial crisis, with four percent growth expected for 2010, according to analysis published in Munich on Friday.

Alisar crowned ‘Germany’s next Topmodel’

Alisar crowned ‘Germany’s next Topmodel’

A shy 21-year-old called Alisar took home the title on Heidi Klum’s show “Germany’s Next Topmodel” Thursday evening in Cologne, winning the chance to grace the cover of German Cosmopolitan and modelling contracts worth €400,000.

‘Traffic light’ coalition talks fail in Rhineland

‘Traffic light’ coalition talks fail in Rhineland

Talks to form a “traffic light coalition” of Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) broke down early on Friday morning, leaving the future of the country’s most populous state uncertain a month after voters went to the polls.

Sarrazin says Germany ‘dumber’ through immigration

Sarrazin says Germany ‘dumber’ through immigration

Controversial Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin made further anti-immigrant comments this week, alleging that Germany is getting “dumber” because of its foreign population.

Bollywood takes on Hitler film

Bollywood takes on Hitler film

The Bollywood film industry, famous for its lip-synched singing, exuberant dancing and wet sari scenes, is set to stray into unfamiliar dark territory with a film on Adolf Hitler.