Duisburg police relieved of Love Parade investigation

Duisburg police relieved of Love Parade investigation

The Duisburg police have been stripped of the job of investigating the Love Parade tragedy in which 19 people were killed amid concerns they are conflicted because of their role in patrolling the disastrous event, authorities announced Monday.

Love Parade organiser owns fitness chain McFit

Love Parade organiser owns fitness chain McFit

Love Parade organiser Rainer Schaller, who also owns the fitness chain McFit, said the event would not be held again following the deaths of 19 party-goers at the weekend. The Local has more details on the little-known, self-made businessman.

Rwandan man arrested on genocide charge

Rwandan man arrested on genocide charge

A Rwandan man was arrested near Frankfurt on Monday on suspicion of ordering and co-ordinating the massacre of 3,730 Tutsi people in the 1994 genocide in the African nation, police announced.

Illegal pesticides found on German produce

Illegal pesticides found on German produce

Illegal pesticides have been found on German-grown berries sold in the nation’s supermarkets, environmental protection organisation Greenpeace said on Monday.

US fed up with Germany’s war effort, files show

US fed up with Germany’s war effort, files show

The German government has denied that the 92,000 documents published Monday by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks reveal US frustration with the Bundeswehr’s lack of progress in Afghanistan.

German media roundup: Event organisers damned

German media roundup: Event organisers damned

If Love Parade organisers and Duisburg city politicians hoped to placate German media by vowing a full investigation into how 19 people died at the event on Saturday, they sorely misjudged the mood of the nation.

Mayor refuses to resign over festival planning

Mayor refuses to resign over festival planning

The mayor of Duisburg refused to step down on Monday despite pressure over the Love Parade disaster that left 19 people dead.

Remembering the Love Parade victims

Remembering the Love Parade victims

They came from all over Germany and from as far as Australia, Bosnia and China, each pursuing their own adventure. Fourteen young Germans and seven foreigners died in the hellish crush at the Love Parade in Duisburg on July 24.

Leaving fitness to fate

Leaving fitness to fate

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy discovers fitness in the Fatherland isn’t an easy endeavour.

Minister to ban NPD members from running child care facilities

Minister to ban NPD members from running child care facilities

Politicians in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania hope that a new proposal will prevent private child care centres from being run by neo-Nazis or members of the far-right NPD party, a media report said on Monday.

Summer retail clearance sales officially begin

Summer retail clearance sales officially begin

German retailers began their annual summer clearance sale on Monday, offering deep discounts of up to 80 percent on warm weather items as they prepare to stock up for the autumn shopping season.

Love Parade was cleared for only 250,000 guests

Love Parade was cleared for only 250,000 guests

The German techno festival where 19 people died in a stampede on Saturday had authorisation for only 250,000 revellers instead of the 1.4 million who organisers said attended, a media report said late on Sunday.