Lufthansa to offer internet on most flights

Lufthansa to offer internet on most flights

Germany's leading airline Lufthansa said Tuesday that it will offer internet access on nearly its entire network by the end of next year, beginning with some flights to North America.

Mediator Geißler backs Stuttgart 21 rail project

Mediator Geißler backs Stuttgart 21 rail project

Heiner Geißler, chief mediator for talks on the controversial rail project Stuttgart 21, delivered his verdict on Tuesday evening, saying there would be no referendum and the expensive revamp of the train station should go forward with a few improvements.

‘This is more damaging to Wikileaks’

‘This is more damaging to Wikileaks’

Will the latest Wikileaks documents damage German-US relations? Henning Riecke from the German Council on Foreign Relations told The Local the titillating diplomatic gossip could end up hurting the internet platform more than transatlantic ties.

Babyeaucracy – paperwork for payouts

Babyeaucracy – paperwork for payouts

Giving birth while living abroad can be a daunting prospect. The seventh installment of The Local's series Motherhood in the Fatherland follows expectant mum Sabine Devins as she handles the cultural quirks of having a baby in Germany.

Traditional snowball fight turns into giant melee in Leipzig

Traditional snowball fight turns into giant melee in Leipzig

A traditional snowball fight turned into a violent melee involving more than 500 people in the eastern German city of Leipzig, police said Tuesday, with fireworks, bottles and stones thrown into the mix.

Unemployment nudges lower

Unemployment nudges lower

Unemployment in Germany fell again in November, official data showed Tuesday, but by less than expected as the strong recovery in Europe's biggest economy slowed.

Couple gunned down in Cologne street shooting

Couple gunned down in Cologne street shooting

A woman and a man are dead after being gunned down on a Cologne street on Monday evening. The shooter has yet to be apprehended.

Regulators approve takeover bid for Hochtief

Regulators approve takeover bid for Hochtief

Spanish construction giant ACS was free Tuesday to launch formally a bid to take control of rival Hochtief and create one of the world's biggest building firms after receiving German regulatory approval.

Germany draws ‘difficult’ group for women’s World Cup

Germany draws ‘difficult’ group for women’s World Cup

Defending champion Germany will face Canada, Nigeria and France in the group stage when it hosts the 2011 women's football World Cup starting in June.

Wikileaks shock waves continue to reverberate

Wikileaks shock waves continue to reverberate

Embarrassingly frank appraisals of German politicians by US diplomats continued to create shockwaves on Tuesday, with a top Free Democratic politician questioning whether trust lost between foreign officials could ever be regained.

Accidents and delays rise as weather worsens

Accidents and delays rise as weather worsens

The number of road accidents rose into the thousands overnight Tuesday, as snow and ice continued to cause traffic chaos in Germany, particularly in the south and southwest of the country.

Wulff demands peace engagement from Israel

Wulff demands peace engagement from Israel

German President Christian Wulff demanded during a visit to Israel on Monday night that the Jewish state show “constructive engagement” on peace negotiations with its Palestinian neighbours.