Roland Koch named CEO of Bilfinger Berger

Roland Koch named CEO of Bilfinger Berger

Former Hessian state premier Roland Koch was named the new chairman of German construction giant Bilfinger Berger on Friday amid accusations that he may have given the company special treatment during his time in office.

Emergency bunkers wanted for rail network

Emergency bunkers wanted for rail network

Worried Deutsche Bahn's rail network would fail in the case of a natural disaster or terrorist attack, the German government reportedly wants the firm to build some 40 underground crisis centres around the country.

October to end with mild weekend

October to end with mild weekend

Germany will get a brief break from the chilly autumn weather of recent weeks, with mild temperatures of up to 18 degrees – though there is some rain in the forecast too, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Friday.

‘I’m Russian, my husband Turkish, my daughter Irish – we married in Denmark’

‘I’m Russian, my husband Turkish, my daughter Irish – we married in Denmark’

The Local’s series "The New Berliners" explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the sixth installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with the Russian teacher Angie Eren.

Last East German patent expires

Last East German patent expires

With the last valid East German patent set to expire this weekend, engineer and prominent inventor Dieter Mosemann looks back on a time when the communist country's economic shortages sparked innovation and creativity.

European delivery: Buying German luxury cars at the source

European delivery: Buying German luxury cars at the source

What German car fan hasn’t fantasized about shifting into high gear on the autobahn behind the wheel of a BMW, Porsche, Audi, or Mercedes? The Local's motoring series Abgefahren explores the “European delivery” schemes of Germany's top luxury brands offering overseas drivers enough travel perks and discounts to make a new car and unique vacation affordable.

Merkel rams through EU financial crisis reforms

Merkel rams through EU financial crisis reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday hailed the results of an EU summit in Brussels that backed her demands for sweeping reforms to deal with future financial crises and ensure the stability of the euro.

Guttenberg risks ‘Obama effect,’ expert says

Guttenberg risks ‘Obama effect,’ expert says

A Bavarian political scientist warned on Friday that Germans should temper their enthusiasm over rising star Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, saying it could lead to a disappointing “Obama effect.”

Archives reveal Allies feared Nazi guerrilla war in Alps

Archives reveal Allies feared Nazi guerrilla war in Alps

Allied forces feared the Nazis were planning to fight a guerrilla campaign from a base under the Alps as the tide turned against Germany in World War II, archives released this week.

Siemens lands major contract to build trains for Amtrak in US

Siemens lands major contract to build trains for Amtrak in US

German engineering group Siemens said Thursday it has been awarded a $466-million contract to build 70 electric locomotives for US rail company Amtrak's busy northeastern routes.