Half-Scot McAllister elected Lower Saxony’s state premier

Half-Scot McAllister elected Lower Saxony’s state premier

The Lower Saxony state parliament made history on Thursday by electing conservative German-Scot David McAllister premier, making him the youngest-ever state leader and the first to hold British citizenship.

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!

Dresden honours Egyptian ‘veil martyr’

Dresden honours Egyptian ‘veil martyr’

The city of Dresden on Thursday paid its respects to a pregnant Egyptian woman who was stabbed to death in a courtroom one year ago in a racially motivated crime that outraged the Muslim world.

Firm puts sex.com domain up for grabs

Firm puts sex.com domain up for grabs

The world's "most valuable" Internet domain name, sex.com, went up for grabs on Thursday having fetched $12 million in 2006, a German firm handling the sale said.

Croc shock for Hessian cops

Croc shock for Hessian cops

German police were called to make an unusual arrest early on Thursday, seizing a crocodile peacefully going about its business on the streets of the small Hessian town of Groß-Rohrheim.

What’s on in Germany: July 1 – 7

What’s on in Germany: July 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: Fashion in Berlin, electronica in Hanau, and the Rhine goes up in flames.

President ‘debacle’ casts shadow over Merkel

President ‘debacle’ casts shadow over Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was left licking her wounds Thursday after rebels in her coalition turned a routine presidential vote into a damaging debacle that left her bruised and weakened.

Christian Wulff: From Merkel rival to youngest president

Christian Wulff: From Merkel rival to youngest president

Christian Wulff, who on Wednesday became Germany's youngest-ever president after a nail-biting election, has long been a potential rival to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Coastal authorities practice for potential oil spills

Coastal authorities practice for potential oil spills

As the devastating oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues gush, German coastal authorities prepared to deal with a similar accident with a large-scale clean-up and rescue exercise this week.

The damage control president

The damage control president

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to nominate Christian Wulff as president was an act of damage control. But his difficult election on Wednesday has ended up tarnishing both her beleaguered government and Germany’s new head of state.

Tour bus crash injures 24

Tour bus crash injures 24

An autobahn accident between a tour bus and a trailer truck left 24 people injured in Bavaria overnight, authorities in the southern German state said on Thursday.

Amazon begins selling groceries in Germany

Amazon begins selling groceries in Germany

Online retailer Amazon began selling food on its German website Thursday, offering some 35,000 different products including vegetables, meat, fish, baked goods, deli items and regional specialties.