Germans consider Merkel’s conservatives too conservative

Germans consider Merkel’s conservatives too conservative

A large number of Germans believe that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats are too conservative, a poll showed Friday. Meanwhile support for the environmentalist Greens has grown to record heights.

Neighbourhood beer proves better than a bake sale for charities

Neighbourhood beer proves better than a bake sale for charities

Berliners can now feel good about their hangovers. For every bottle of a new beer the capital’s denizens guzzle down, the profits will go to social initiatives in their own neighbourhoods. The Local met with the founder of Quartiermeister for a drink.

Alligator, ostrich and snails: Germans grill up exotic burgers in San Diego

Alligator, ostrich and snails: Germans grill up exotic burgers in San Diego

Most German restaurants abroad feature traditional dishes like Schnitzel and Sauerbraten, but two Bavarians in San Diego have taken a more daring turn, serving exotic burgers made from ostrich, kangaroo and alligator.

Schaeffler group announces new supervisory board

Schaeffler group announces new supervisory board

The German group Schaeffler, the dominant shareholder in auto parts group Continental, announced Friday a new supervisory board with members representing workers and investors in equal measure.

Hamburg braces for fiery football derby

Hamburg braces for fiery football derby

The northern port city of Hamburg is bracing for a heated football derby pitting HSV against FC St Pauli this weekend. Joseph Corcos reports on a potentially violent rivalry packed with ideology.

Oktoberfest starts 200th jubilee with historic party

Oktoberfest starts 200th jubilee with historic party

One day before the official start of Munich’s 200th anniversary Oktoberfest celebrations, a special historical area tapped its kegs on Friday, treating guests to a nostalgic taste of the famous Bavarian beer bash.

Has Angie lost that conservative feeling?

Has Angie lost that conservative feeling?

As Chancellor Angela Merkel fends off accusations her Christian Democrats have lost their conservative edge, Der Tagesspiegel’s Robert Birnbaum argues the party could probably use a new right-wing competitor.

Steinbrück chastises the ‘excesses’ of Germany’s rich

Steinbrück chastises the ‘excesses’ of Germany’s rich

Former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück condemned the “excesses” of Germany’s privileged classes on Friday, blaming tax dodgers for helping to perpetuate social problems.

Berlin denies planning Roma deportations

Berlin denies planning Roma deportations

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Friday repudiated statements by French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Germany is planning deportations of Roma people similar to the controversial programme in France.

President Wulff investigated for financial irregularities

President Wulff investigated for financial irregularities

Embattled Chancellor Angela Merkel has been dealt fresh blow this week as the German parliament said it was investigating President Christian Wulff over alleged financial irregularities before taking office.