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!

Bacteria spoiling one quarter of all beaches

Bacteria spoiling one quarter of all beaches

Pollution at nearly a quarter of Germany’s beach swimming spots is at unacceptably high levels, posing the danger of gastrointestinal illnesses, skin rashes and inflammations, a survey released Tuesday found.

Germany, Britain and France agree to bank levy

Germany, Britain and France agree to bank levy

Britain, France and Germany have agreed to introduce levies on banks to make them help pay for global recovery, the European heavyweights said in a joint statement Tuesday.

Business confidence back to pre-crisis level

Business confidence back to pre-crisis level

The mood among Germany’s top companies is as good as it was before the financial crisis, the Ifo economic institute announced Tuesday.

Steamy Bruce Willis shower sparks fire alarm in Frankfurt

Steamy Bruce Willis shower sparks fire alarm in Frankfurt

Hollywood actor Bruce Willis caused some hot and steamy commotion in Frankfurt over the weekend by taking a shower so sweltering that it set off the fire alarm in his luxury hotel suite, officials told The Local on Tuesday.

Armed forces personnel could be cut by 100,000

Armed forces personnel could be cut by 100,000

Germany’s military reportedly faces cuts that are even deeper than previously feared under provisional plans that could see defence personnel slashed by 100,000.

‘Bild’ editor racks up €42,000 in roaming charges

‘Bild’ editor racks up €42,000 in roaming charges

Kai Diekmann, the editor-in-chief of Germany's sensationalist daily Bild, racked up €42,000 in wireless roaming charges after blogging from abroad while on vacation. Despite a personal appeal to the head of Deutsche Telekom his newspaper still had to pay up.

Berliner Boateng set for German backlash

Berliner Boateng set for German backlash

Kevin-Prince Boateng has revelled in his 'ghetto kid' image in the past but the Berliner will need all his streetwise skills when the Ghanaian midfielder comes up against Germany in their final World Cup group match on Wednesday.

Viernheim bomber handed 12 years in prison

Viernheim bomber handed 12 years in prison

A Hessian has court handed the so-called “Viernheim bomber” a 12-year prison sentence for staging two bomb attacks in the neighbouring cities of Viernheim and Weinheim in August 2009.

Germany to take on less debt than projected

Germany to take on less debt than projected

The German federal government won’t have to take on nearly as much debt in this year as previously feared, a media report said on Tuesday.

Pakistan police arrest German man in burka

Pakistan police arrest German man in burka

A German man wearing a burka and carrying a pistol was arrested in northwest Pakistan Monday after travelling from an area known as a hub for Al-Qaeda-linked militants, police said.