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!

Court rules Germany must recognise foreign gay marriages

Court rules Germany must recognise foreign gay marriages

A German man who wedded his gay partner in Canada won a partial victory Tuesday when a Berlin court ruled that the partnership must be recognised, albeit not as a marriage.

Hostage taker in Leipzig shop gives up

Hostage taker in Leipzig shop gives up

An armed man who took hostages at H&M clothes shop in central Leipzig on Tuesday has given himself up to the police.

More cars burned in Hamburg

More cars burned in Hamburg

Hamburg authorities are searching for arsonists after another rash of car burnings overnight in the port city, the fire department said on Tuesday.

Anxious middle class shrinks as gulf between rich and poor grows

Anxious middle class shrinks as gulf between rich and poor grows

A new study released on Thursday said the divide between Germany’s rich and poor continues to grow and is squeezing out the country's anxious middle class.

Language group moots GEZ boycott and support for BBC over radio

Language group moots GEZ boycott and support for BBC over radio

A German language association has called for a boycott of the GEZ public broadcasting licence fees because radio stations in the country rarely play German music - instead listeners should pay the BBC.

Vuvuzela resellers eye World Cup gold in Europe

Vuvuzela resellers eye World Cup gold in Europe

Many World Cup fans might despise South Africa's noisy vuvuzelas, but two German entrepreneurs with the resale rights for Europe hope the plastic fan horns will become the sound of success.

Woman caught driving while nursing baby

Woman caught driving while nursing baby

A mother in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has been issued several fines after a police officer was stunned to discover her driving while nursing her baby, authorities reported late on Monday.

Politicians suggest reducing German states

Politicians suggest reducing German states

Politicians from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats and the environmentalist Greens spoke out on Tuesday in favour of reducing the number of Germany’s federal states.

England gripe about Germany’s World Cup balls

England gripe about Germany’s World Cup balls

England's Jamie Carragher believes Germany gained a huge World Cup advantage by ensuring their players had four months to get used to the ball they banged into the net four times against Australia.