Hamburg bishop quits amid abuse allegations

Hamburg bishop quits amid abuse allegations

The world's first female Lutheran bishop resigned Friday after abuse accusations in her diocese of Hamburg, the latest casualty of a scandal to have rocked Christian churches in Germany.

‘Sharp’ rocket set to revolutionise space travel

‘Sharp’ rocket set to revolutionise space travel

German scientists unveiled on Friday the key part of a flat-sided, re-usable space rocket they say would be much cheaper and easier to build than NASA's space shuttles.

Keeping sight of the big picture

Keeping sight of the big picture

The Local’s series “Made in Germany” presents the best the country has to offer, including the legendary cameras from Leica.

Sweltering temperatures prove too taxing for bureaucrats

Sweltering temperatures prove too taxing for bureaucrats

With Germany wilting under sweltering weather, the boss of Berlin’s government tax investigators told his 260 sweating workers to go home earlier this week, according to a Friday news report.

Hochtief wins Madison Square Garden deal

Hochtief wins Madison Square Garden deal

Hochtief has won a contract to transform New York's Madison Square Garden, which a unit of the German construction group built more than 40 years ago, it said on Friday.

Heat wave causes AC meltdown on 50 trains

Heat wave causes AC meltdown on 50 trains

Air conditioning failures on German trains have been more widespread than first thought, with at least 50 cooling systems breaking down under the brutal heat in the past week, the head of the parliamentary transport committee revealed Friday.

Singer Pink tumbles off stage in Nuremberg

Singer Pink tumbles off stage in Nuremberg

American singer Pink, famous for her action-packed stage shows, saw a bit too much action in Nuremberg Thursday night when she was hurled from the stage by a giant rubber band and had to be rushed to hospital.

Berliners flocking to death strip karaoke

Berliners flocking to death strip karaoke

A former part of the Berlin Wall's death strip is now attracting thousands of people each week eager to belt out often lethal karaoke versions of Michael Jackson and Britney Spears hits.

Poor families hit by parenting payment cuts

Poor families hit by parenting payment cuts

Cuts to Germany's Elterngeld parenting benefits will be deeper than previously thought, with its centre-right government planning to benefits for low-income parents who work part-time, media reported Friday.

Merkel pushes China to open its markets

Merkel pushes China to open its markets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday prodded China to ease access to its markets, as the world's top two exporting nations signed a series of deals reportedly worth several billion dollars.

Free Democrats pick new fight over airport tax

Free Democrats pick new fight over airport tax

The ruling coalition partners face a fresh round of squabbling after the Free Democrats called on Friday for changes to the proposed airport tax announced just weeks ago as part of Chancellor Angela Merkel's austerity package.