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!

Porsche rakes in cash and US consumer awards

Porsche rakes in cash and US consumer awards

German sports car maker Porsche received top US consumer ratings on Friday as it reported a jump in sales and retained its status as a leading profit-machine in the global auto industry.

Serbia sink 10-man Germany as cards fly

Serbia sink 10-man Germany as cards fly

Serbia downed 10-man Germany 1-0 in Port Elizabeth on Friday, after Miroslav Klose was sent off early in a World Cup match rife with yellow cards.

Urban bats: Berlin’s other nightlife

Urban bats: Berlin’s other nightlife

Bats are among Germany's most endangered animals, but Berlin is home to more of the furry flying mammals than any other central European city. The Local’s Kristen Allen gets face to fangs with the nocturnal beasts to investigate.

The Local’s urban bat watching tips

The Local’s urban bat watching tips

While bats are particularly plentiful in Berlin, curious folks around the country can also catch a glimpse of the nocturnal hunters with a little patience and these tips gathered by The Local.

The Local’s tips for bat conservation

The Local’s tips for bat conservation

There are many simple things that residents can do to help protect the endangered bat population in Germany. The Local has compiled the most important tips.

One-third of Germans allowed to watch World Cup at work

One-third of Germans allowed to watch World Cup at work

The German football team’s second World Cup match takes place during working hours on Friday, but according to a new poll, not all of the country’s employers will allow workers to watch the game on the job.

The Best of Berlin in June

The Best of Berlin in June

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, in June heads to a hipster Kreuz-Kölln flea market, goes upmarket in Mitte, and crashes in a jailhouse bed.

Metal thieves disrupt train traffic between Berlin and Hannover

Metal thieves disrupt train traffic between Berlin and Hannover

Metal thieves disrupted rail traffic between Berlin and Hannover on Friday, stripping some several hundred metres of aerial contact lines and forcing national railway provider Deutsche Bahn to reroute trains.

Bollywood actor pulls out of controversial Hitler film

Bollywood actor pulls out of controversial Hitler film

The lead actor in Bollywood's proposed film on Adolf Hitler that has drawn protests from Jewish groups and condemnation from historians said he has withdrawn from the project.

Wulff calls on coalition to back candidacy

Wulff calls on coalition to back candidacy

As Germany's presidential vote draws near, conservative candidate Christian Wulff on Friday called for more cooperation within the ruling centre-right coalition, saying a failure to elect him would send the wrong signal to the public.

‘Sheep’s Chill’ weather pattern to create dreary weekend

‘Sheep’s Chill’ weather pattern to create dreary weekend

An early summer weather pattern known as Schafskälte, or “Sheep’s Chill," is expected to herd chilly polar air into the country over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Friday.

Löw preps team for tough fight against Serbia

Löw preps team for tough fight against Serbia

Germany coach Joachim Löw has compared Serbia, his young team's rivals here on Friday, to a boxer who has taken a first punch and is poised to fight back after their loss to Ghana.