2010: The year in review

2010: The year in review

As 2011 prepares to kick off, The Local takes a look back at some of the stories that caught our attention during the past year in Germany.

Inflation hits 1.1 percent in 2010

Inflation hits 1.1 percent in 2010

German inflation jumped higher in December, official figures showed on Wednesday, pushing the overall rate for 2010 up to 1.1 percent.

RWE chief branded climate ‘dinosaur’

RWE chief branded climate ‘dinosaur’

Environmentalists have conferred the dubious honour of “dinosaur of the year” for backwards attitudes to green issues to energy giant RWE’s chief executive Jürgen Großmann.

Man buried alive by snow

Man buried alive by snow

A 51-year-old man has died in Bavaria after being buried in a mini-avalanche of snow while he was working to clear ice from a stream bed, police said Wednesday.

UEFA apologises to Bayern fans for banning jokey Latin banner

UEFA apologises to Bayern fans for banning jokey Latin banner

The European football association UEFA has apologized to FC Bayern Munich fans for banning a humorous banner telling supporters of AS Rome to “go home” in Latin during a Champions League match in September.

Leon and Mia most popular baby names in 2010

Leon and Mia most popular baby names in 2010

Leon and Mia have emerged as the favoured names for boys and girls born in Germany in 2010 – the second year in a row they have topped the chart.

Ramsauer mans ramparts against English

Ramsauer mans ramparts against English

Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer is declaring war on English words creeping into everyday German usage and urging fellow politicians to follow his lead.

Justice Minister rejects passenger profiling

Justice Minister rejects passenger profiling

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has roundly slapped down a call by Germany’s airports for passengers to be profiled for security checks, warning such discrimination would contravene EU and German laws.

Birth rate on the rise

Birth rate on the rise

Germany’s birth rate is rising faster than it has in a decade, with 18,000 more babies born between January and September than the same period last year, government figures show.