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!

Teen scores World Cup glory with Lego films

Teen scores World Cup glory with Lego films

An enterprising German teenager has scored global fame by making painstaking videos re-enacting World Cup matches with Lego. Joshua Keane caught up with Fabian Moritz.

Berlin aims to end big pharma’s price monopoly

Berlin aims to end big pharma’s price monopoly

Germany's government moved on Tuesday to break drug makers' grip on prices with a bill aimed at saving the creaking health care system about €2 billion a year.

Opposition demands overhauled citizenship laws as naturalisations drop

Opposition demands overhauled citizenship laws as naturalisations drop

New government statistics showed this week that fewer immigrants are becoming German citizens, spurring opposition politicians to call for reforms to a system they say impedes naturalisation when the country urgently needs to buoy its shrinking population.

Half of Germans want the Deutsche mark back

Half of Germans want the Deutsche mark back

Eleven years after the introduction of the euro every second German still longs for the return of the Deutsche mark, according to a new poll published on Tuesday.

Cleopatra death caused by drugs not asp bite, historian claims

Cleopatra death caused by drugs not asp bite, historian claims

According to legend, iconic Egyptian queen Cleopatra killed herself with an asp bite, but a team of German historians now believe she used a deadly drug cocktail of opium and hemlock instead.

Beyond Oktoberfest: A guide to German beer and wine festivals
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Beyond Oktoberfest: A guide to German beer and wine festivals

Everyone knows Oktoberfest, but Germany has plenty of other great beer and wine festivals. The website hostelbookers.com tells you where to get your drink on and lay your boozy head.

Earthquake shakes Rhine-Main region overnight

Earthquake shakes Rhine-Main region overnight

An earthquake shook the Rhine-Main metropolitan area early on Tuesday morning, startling many residents who called police to report the disturbance.

Gauck turns to The Left for votes ahead of election

Gauck turns to The Left for votes ahead of election

One day ahead of Germany's presidential election, candidate Joachim Gauck on Tuesday went hunting for votes with a visit to the socialist Left party parliamentary group despite previous attempts to distance himself from its politics.

Bundeswehr protects soldiers from harassment with anonymity

Bundeswehr protects soldiers from harassment with anonymity

Bundeswehr soldiers who serve on foreign deployments and their families experience so much harassment in Germany that the military has taken to blurring their faces in press photos, a media report said on Tuesday.

Germany uses foreign torture intel, report says

Germany uses foreign torture intel, report says

Germany, along with Britain and France, uses foreign intelligence obtained through torture in the fight against terrorism, a new report from Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.