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!

SPD to form minority government in Rhineland

SPD to form minority government in Rhineland

Hannelore Kraft, the leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), announced on Thursday she would form a minority government with the Greens in Germany’s most populous state.

Germany agrees to release bank stress tests

Germany agrees to release bank stress tests

Germany and other European governments on Thursday took a big step towards revealing if banks can withstand shocks such as hit the global economy two years ago, and now in reaction to concern about finances in Spain.

Court convicts Magdeburg Zoo workers for killing tiger cubs

Court convicts Magdeburg Zoo workers for killing tiger cubs

A court in Magdeburg handed the city’s zoo director and three of his employees a suspended sentence on Thursday for violating animal rights laws by euthanising three tiger cubs because they weren’t purebred.

Neo-Nazi leader ejected from Saxon legislature

Neo-Nazi leader ejected from Saxon legislature

Right-wing extremist NPD parliamentarian Holger Apfel has been temporarily banned from the Saxony state parliament following an anti-Semitic outburst on Thursday. He was removed from the building in Dresden by several police officers.

Germany looking to seal second round berth with win over Serbia

Germany looking to seal second round berth with win over Serbia

Germany, arguably the team of the tournament at the World Cup so far, can all but seal a last 16 ticket with victory over Serbia in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Rush on iPhones cripples Telekom site, delays deliveries

Rush on iPhones cripples Telekom site, delays deliveries

Anyone hoping to buy an iPhone 4 in Germany will have to wait until at least July. A crush of customers trying to pre-order the new model have overwhelmed Apple’s German partner Deutsche Telekom.

Why every dentist needs a Prussian finca

Why every dentist needs a Prussian finca

What do the country homes of dentists in eastern Germany have to do with the election of country's next president? Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for the British newspaper The Times, explains.

What’s on in Germany: June 17 – 23

What’s on in Germany: June 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: Christopher Street Day in Berlin, the Rowing World Cup in Munich and Altona parties in Hamburg.

Industry leader predicts job boom this year

Industry leader predicts job boom this year

Germany's labour market will improve this year, with employers offering up to 100,000 new positions, the German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) predicted on Thursday.

Train collision injures 16

Train collision injures 16

A train collision between Hannover and Braunschweig late Wednesday night left 16 people injured, according to the authorities in Lower Saxony.

Merkel lauds Spain’s reforms amid bailout talk

Merkel lauds Spain’s reforms amid bailout talk

Germany's Angela Merkel has praised Spain's ongoing efforts to slash its deficit and reform its economy, as reports circulate that Madrid is preparing to ask for a bailout.