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!

‘Sheep’s Chill’ to end with warmer weather on the way

‘Sheep’s Chill’ to end with warmer weather on the way

This week will shake off the “Sheep’s Chill” weather pattern which dominated the weekend, and temperatures could climb to the mid-20s by the second half of the week.

ECB head blames Germany and France for debt crisis

ECB head blames Germany and France for debt crisis

European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet has blamed Germany and France for helping to pave the way to the current debt crisis in the eurozone by setting a poor fiscal example.

Gay pride heroine says march too superficial and commercial

Gay pride heroine says march too superficial and commercial

A philosopher and gender theorist rejected a prize for civil courage at Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin on Saturday, criticising the march as too superficial and commercial.

Israel blocks German minister’s Gaza visit

Israel blocks German minister’s Gaza visit

Germany’s Development Minister Dirk Niebel has harshly criticised the Israeli government after it refused him entry into the Gaza Strip at the weekend.

Gauck not intending to damage Merkel in presidential race

Gauck not intending to damage Merkel in presidential race

Presidential candidate Joachim Gauck says he will not allow himself to be used to damage Chancellor Angela Merkel, and after a one-on-one meeting with her candidate Christian Wulff, said he was qualified to do the job in his way.

Candy Bomber plane makes crash landing

Candy Bomber plane makes crash landing

Seven people were injured on Saturday when a historic plane used in the Berlin Airlift made an emergency landing shortly after taking off for a pleasure tour around the city.