Guttenberg calls for ‘honesty’ about Afghanistan mission at memorial

Guttenberg calls for ‘honesty’ about Afghanistan mission at memorial

During a service to honour a fallen Bundeswehr soldier on Friday Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg called for a more honest discussion about the dangers of Germany’s military deployment in Afghanistan.

Deficit will meet EU limits in 2011, Germany says

Deficit will meet EU limits in 2011, Germany says

Germany said on Friday it was "confident" of cutting the deficit on its public finances to within EU limits in 2011, the first major eurozone economy to do so since the global recession.

Google Street View opt-out deadline is nigh

Google Street View opt-out deadline is nigh

Time is almost up for German residents to opt out of having their homes or businesses shown on Google's controversial Street View navigation service. The deadline is midnight on Friday for people living in the 20 cities set to go online later this year.

The new anti-Semitism

The new anti-Semitism

Having seen the disastrous consequences of virulent anti-Semitism firsthand, Germany must lead the fight against Europe’s rising intolerance towards Muslims, writes The Local’s Marc Young.

Iran claims Germans admit wrongdoing

Iran claims Germans admit wrongdoing

Two Germans arrested in Iran this week for interviewing the son of a woman facing execution by stoning have confessed to committing an offence, the public prosecutor said in reports on Friday.

ZDF game show scandal gives new meaning to ‘captive audience’

ZDF game show scandal gives new meaning to ‘captive audience’

A TV studio audience thought they were in for a good time at the filming of a new German game show this week, but instead they were forced to spend over seven hours with no bathroom breaks or water while producers held them captive.

‘The first time we were arrested I was eight years old’

‘The first time we were arrested I was eight years old’

The Local’s series The New Berliners explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the fourth installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with the Bosnian boxer Marco Huck.

Green energy surcharges to spike next year

Green energy surcharges to spike next year

The development of Germany’s renewable energy sources will mean record green electricity surcharges for consumers in 2011, increasing power bills by up to €112 per year, according to industry experts.

Mediator announces first Stuttgart 21 talks

Mediator announces first Stuttgart 21 talks

Mediated talks over the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project will begin on Friday in the southern German city. The two sides agreed on the first official meeting on Thursday night.

Colonial German church celebrates 100 years in Namibia

Colonial German church celebrates 100 years in Namibia

This weekend a colonial German church celebrates its 100th anniversary in Namibia. The Lutheran church was finished in 1910 after a tumultuous period of construction that mirrored the upheaval of Imperial Germany's African conquest.

Germany moves from cars to lifestyle in China

Germany moves from cars to lifestyle in China

Piggybacking on the reputation for the quality of their country’s cars and machines, German consumer goods brands are feverishly wooing Chinese customers as they try to catch up with their French and Italian rivals in a fast-growing market.