Germany crush Aussies in World Cup opener

Germany crush Aussies in World Cup opener

Three-time champions Germany fired off a warning to World Cup challengers with a comprehensive 4-0 dismantling of Australia in their opening Group D match in Durban Sunday.

The weekend World Cup roundup

The weekend 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 weekend roundup!

Police hunt man who raped one taxi driver, killed another

Police hunt man who raped one taxi driver, killed another

Police in southern Germany are hunting a man who attacked and raped one woman taxi driver before stabbing another to death.

Furry hopefuls line up at Babelsberg animal casting day

Furry hopefuls line up at Babelsberg animal casting day

Nearly 200 proud pet owners took their charges to a mass television and film casting session at Babelsberg in Potsdam at the weekend – hoping their furry friend might be turned into a star.

Post plans to downgrade jobs and sell offices to reduce costs

Post plans to downgrade jobs and sell offices to reduce costs

Deutsche Post is preparing to implement a massive savings programme from late summer, including the sale of a number of post offices, consolidation of package and letter delivery services – and downgrading jobs to reduce wages.

Guttenberg considers resignation

Guttenberg considers resignation

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is thinking about resigning after the Chancellery failed to tell him about an investigation it instigated into evidence he presented over a fatal attack in Afghanistan.

New medicines watchdog head says nine of ten drugs pointless

New medicines watchdog head says nine of ten drugs pointless

The next head of Germany’s medicines assessment body says up to nine in ten drugs currently being prescribed and sold in the country are pointless and should no longer be paid for by the public health system.

Police injured in Berlin anti-budget demo

Police injured in Berlin anti-budget demo

An attempted manslaughter investigation has been launched after two police officers were seriously injured by a homemade shrapnel grenade during a demonstration against the government savings package in Berlin on Saturday.