Germany tops world for shrinking wages

Germany tops world for shrinking wages

Worker's pay packets over the past decade have shrunk more in Germany than any other industrialised country, a report released Wednesday has found.

Court rules against pet visitation rights

Court rules against pet visitation rights

Germans who have legally separated do not have the right to visit the pets they shared with their spouses, a court said Wednesday, rejecting the complaint of a dejected wife.

Düsseldorf accused of using ‘trickery’ to win Eurovision

Düsseldorf accused of using ‘trickery’ to win Eurovision

The city of Düsseldorf may have made false promises in its winning bid to host the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, according to a paper from the rival city of Hannover on Wednesday.

Portnoy’s Podcast: Getting ‘local’ with Exberliner’s Maurice Frank

Portnoy’s Podcast: Getting ‘local’ with Exberliner’s Maurice Frank

The Local is proud to present the podcast of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, our regular column about life in Germany.

Snow pile for sale on eBay

Snow pile for sale on eBay

As the snow keeps falling in Germany, an enterprising man in the state of Saxony has decided to auction off a huge pile of the white stuff on eBay. But the winning bidder will have to arrange their own delivery.

Nuclear waste transport crosses French border

Nuclear waste transport crosses French border

Five weeks after massive protests stalled the delivery of radioactive waste from France to Germany’s controversial Gorleben facility, another convoy began a similar trip on Wednesday. It is expected to cross the border sometime after noon.

Deutsche Bank goes Vegas with top casino

Deutsche Bank goes Vegas with top casino

The often-heard grumble that banks gamble with money has taken on a new meaning with Germany’s Deutsche Bank investing €3 billion in a massive Las Vegas casino due to open Wednesday.

Merkel vows not to ‘abandon’ euro nations

Merkel vows not to ‘abandon’ euro nations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel moved Wednesday to silence fears of a eurozone break-up, saying that although some members faced tough challenges, Europe's paymaster would not desert them.

Unloved euro considered too valuable to ditch

Unloved euro considered too valuable to ditch

The crisis rattling the euro has shaken Germans' confidence in the currency but despite the grumbling, the advantages for the world's number two exporter far outweigh the downsides, analysts and politicians say.

Leipzig Zoo named best in Germany, runner-up in Europe

Leipzig Zoo named best in Germany, runner-up in Europe

The Leipzig Zoo has been named the best in Germany and the second-best facility in Europe, according to new rankings to be released this week.