Brüderle slams US trade balance proposal

Brüderle slams US trade balance proposal

German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle on Friday slammed a US proposal to regulate the trade balances of G20 nations as tantamount to abandoning free market principles.

Hamburg hosts worst dancer contest

Hamburg hosts worst dancer contest

Not everyone has the gift of rhythm and grace, but rarely has that fact been celebrated. A group of Hamburg hipsters plans to change that this weekend with what they call the Ugly Dance World Cup.

Shah Rukh Khan brings Bollywood to Berlin

Shah Rukh Khan brings Bollywood to Berlin

Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan spoke of his love for Berlin Friday as he presented his new film in the city, which hopes his huge pulling power will lure more Indian tourists to its attractions.

‘I was sure Berlin was a cold place’

‘I was sure Berlin was a cold place’

The Local’s series "The New Berliners" explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the fifth installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with Israeli dancer Maya Lipsker.

Quirky public auction finds new home for items lost on the metro

Quirky public auction finds new home for items lost on the metro

What do an electric blanket, a trumpet and cordless drill have in common? Left behind on Berlin’s metro, they all ended up at the transport authority’s regular auction visited by Ruth Michaelson.

US students scramble for business German courses

US students scramble for business German courses

Business English has long been mandatory for would-be German managers, but lately more American students have been enrolling for business German to improve their own job prospects.

Businesses see ever brighter future

Businesses see ever brighter future

German business managers are surfing a wave of confidence, as a key survey released on Friday showed another surprise jump in October to the highest level since May 2007.

German freighter rams Dutch ferry

German freighter rams Dutch ferry

A German freighter rammed into a passenger ferry near Amsterdam on Friday, capsizing the boat and sending an unknown number of people on board into the water. The are still no reports of survivors.

Germany changes rare minerals strategy over China spat

Germany changes rare minerals strategy over China spat

Germany has unveiled a new strategy to help firms in Europe's top economy obtain vital minerals, amid concern that China is curbing exports of rare earths crucial for high-tech industries.

German firms donate $1.7 million to US election campaign

German firms donate $1.7 million to US election campaign

German companies have contributed some $1.7 million to candidates and parties running for the upcoming US midterm elections, with pharmaceutical company Bayer donating the most cash, a media report said on Friday.

Stuttgart 21 talks begin

Stuttgart 21 talks begin

Mediated talks between advocates and opponents of the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project began on Friday, with the process scheduled to be aired live on the internet and public broadcasters.

Bayern aims for points, not performance

Bayern aims for points, not performance

With Dortmund bidding to consolidate their lead at the top of the Bundesliga against Hoffenheim on Sunday, Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal says points now take priority over performance.