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!

BMW announces carbon fibre electric car

BMW announces carbon fibre electric car

Bavarian luxury carmaker BMW has decided to create its first electric car with a passenger compartment made of carbon fibre, the company announced on Friday.

Police search for missing judge

Police search for missing judge

Berlin police continued to search on Friday for a prominent judge in a wooded area near the city’s Heiligensee neighbourhood after her car was found there earlier this week.

Love before the law: child custody set for overhaul

Love before the law: child custody set for overhaul

In the wake of a European court ruling that German child custody laws discriminated against single fathers, the government is preparing an overhaul. The Local examines the painful reality facing parents when they split up.

Germany and Argentina trade barbs ahead of big game

Germany and Argentina trade barbs ahead of big game

Germany and Argentina have turned up the heat ahead of their eagerly-anticipated World Cup quarter-final on Saturday, with sparks flying as both sides traded barbs.

Deutsche Bahn planning high-speed trains to southern France and UK

Deutsche Bahn planning high-speed trains to southern France and UK

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn plans to expand its long-haul offerings to include foreign destinations such as southern France and the UK, the company said on Friday.

Majority of Germans expect coalition failure

Majority of Germans expect coalition failure

Germany’s trust in its government was shaken by the difficult presidential vote this week, with a poll released on Friday showing more than two-thirds believe Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition will soon collapse as a result.

German killed in Kunduz aid compound attack

German killed in Kunduz aid compound attack

A German security guard was killed Friday when suspected Taliban militants stormed the compound of a US aid organisation in northern Afghanistan, a US embassy official said.

Abandoned pets responsible for massive wildlife killing spree

Abandoned pets responsible for massive wildlife killing spree

Each year some seven million wild creatures in Germany are killed by starving cats and dogs abandoned over the summer vacation months, the German Hunter’s Association (DJV) announced this week in a plea for more responsibility from pet owners.