Germany marks 20 years since reunification treaty

Germany marks 20 years since reunification treaty

Germany on Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of its reunification treaty amid recriminations that the former West Germany swallowed the communist East.

Man found guilty of bashing Israeli teen

Man found guilty of bashing Israeli teen

A 20-year-old cook was found guilty Tuesday of beating an Israeli teenager while yelling ''Jewish swine'' in the Saxony-Anhalt town of Laucha.

Catholics toughen rules on sex abuse prevention

Catholics toughen rules on sex abuse prevention

Germany's Catholic Church unveiled on Tuesday tougher guidelines on investigating and preventing child sex abuse that it hopes will stop a repeat of the hugely damaging scandals of this year.

Unemployment dips lower in August

Unemployment dips lower in August

Unemployment in Germany edged slightly lower in August to 3.188 million people, according to official figures released on Tuesday, as the rebounding economy continued to create jobs.

Autumn to begin with no last gasp of summer

Autumn to begin with no last gasp of summer

Hopes for a late burst of summer as Germany heads into autumn are looking dim, with this week set to limp along with cloudy skies and high temperatures struggling to reach the 20s, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Tuesday.

Playing the Saxon blues

Playing the Saxon blues

The Local’s series Made in Germany presents the best the country has to offer, including the world-class blues harmonicas from Seydel.

3-year-old found hanged in double murder case

3-year-old found hanged in double murder case

Police have launched a massive manhunt after a three-year-old boy was found hanged and his mother beaten to death in their home in the Bavarian town of Rosenheim, media reported Tuesday.

German Media Roundup: Sarrazin’s radioactive immigration debate

German Media Roundup: Sarrazin’s radioactive immigration debate

Inflammatory comments on Muslims and race by Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin have caused widespread outrage in Germany. Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Tuesday explore the repercussions.

France weighs into German wage debate

France weighs into German wage debate

Eager to reap the benefits of higher German wages to boost its own economy, France this week threw its weight behind union demands for workers to get a bigger share of the profits of Germany’s economic boom.

Citizenship test proves a breeze for naturalised foreigners

Citizenship test proves a breeze for naturalised foreigners

An impressive 98 percent of immigrants taking Germany’s citizenship test pass on the first try, prompting the Interior Ministry to wonder whether the questions are too easy, media reported Tuesday.

EU warns against German financial transaction tax

EU warns against German financial transaction tax

The European Union has poured cold water on Germany’s call for a Europe-wide “financial transaction tax” – one of the government’s mechanisms to slash the budget deficit and curb short-term, speculative trading.

Sarrazin will be hard to sack, judge warns

Sarrazin will be hard to sack, judge warns

After Germany’s central bank stopped short of sacking board member Thilo Sarrazin over his incendiary remarks on race and immigration, a legal expert warned Tuesday it could be difficult to force him from his post at the Bundesbank.