Remembering the Oktoberfest of yore

Remembering the Oktoberfest of yore

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest this year, organisers have created a historical tribute to the festivals of yore. Ben Knight slipped on his lederhosen for a tour of the nostalgia zone.

‘The little Asian you’ll never forget’

‘The little Asian you’ll never forget’

The Local’s series "The New Berliners" explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the first installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with Dr. Chris Cho from South Korea.

Deadly Lörrach rampage was premeditated

Deadly Lörrach rampage was premeditated

The killing spree that left four dead and 18 injured in Lörrach last weekend was at least partly planned in advance, investigators said on Friday after finding “extraordinary quantities” of explosive liquids in the murderer's apartment.

EU watchdog airs ‘doubts’ about HRE after approving more aid

EU watchdog airs ‘doubts’ about HRE after approving more aid

Europe's top competition watchdog on Friday expressed "doubts" about the long-term viability of troubled German bank Hypo Real Estate, while granting temporary approval for ongoing state support.

Turkey asks Germany to stop harbouring Kurdish rebels

Turkey asks Germany to stop harbouring Kurdish rebels

Turkey's Interior Minister Besir Atalay Friday called on Germany to crack down on separatist Kurdish rebels on its territory, handing his German colleague intelligence on activities Ankara wants curbed.

Payment firms slammed for collecting EC card customer data

Payment firms slammed for collecting EC card customer data

Politicians and data protection experts on Friday lambasted the practice of surreptitiously collecting customer data tied to purchases made with German EC debit cards.

New data highlights economy’s resiliency

New data highlights economy’s resiliency

German business confidence posted Friday a surprise rise to levels last seen in mid-2007, suggesting Europe's powerhouse economy will remain resilient and not return to recession.

Böhse Onkelz singer on trial for drugged-up hit-and-run

Böhse Onkelz singer on trial for drugged-up hit-and-run

Kevin Russell, the former singer of the German hard rock band Böhse Onkelz, faces a Frankfurt court Friday after allegedly taking drugs on New Year’s Eve 2009, seriously injuring two people in a high speed crash and then fleeing the scene.

Merkel welcomes Bruni aid appeal to Bundestag

Merkel welcomes Bruni aid appeal to Bundestag

Angela Merkel's spokesman has said the chancellor would welcome a personal appeal by France's First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, to the German parliament for more international aid.

Bavarian mass transit drivers strike

Bavarian mass transit drivers strike

Mass transit workers in the Bavarian cities of Munich, Nuremberg and Augsburg went on strike early Friday morning in an ongoing wage dispute. Munich will suffer the most, as thousands of tourists are in town for Oktoberfest.

Beer mug brawling spikes at 200th anniversary Oktoberfest

Beer mug brawling spikes at 200th anniversary Oktoberfest

This year’s 200th anniversary Oktoberfest has proved to be rowdier than previous years, officials said this week, citing a jump in the use of the festival’s famous large beer mugs as weapons.

New stars hope to shine in Berlin Marathon this weekend

New stars hope to shine in Berlin Marathon this weekend

Without Haile Gebrselassie chasing the world record this year, the field for Sunday's Berlin Marathon will have a different look as the next crop of stars do battle on the famously fast course.