Dioxin shuts farms, forces hen cull

Dioxin shuts farms, forces hen cull

The discovery of animal feed laced with poisonous dioxin has forced the closure of countless farms and the slaughter of at least 8,000 egg-laying chickens, as German officials on Monday reacted to a widening agriculture scandal.

From euro crisis to Eurovision

From euro crisis to Eurovision

What will be the big stories in Germany in 2011? The Local breaks down what could be a difficult year for the government but a triumphant one for the economy, music and women’s football.

Swine flu kills two

Swine flu kills two

Two people have died from swine flu in the German state of Lower Saxony, state officials announced on Monday.

US and Germany allegedly developing secret spy satellites

US and Germany allegedly developing secret spy satellites

The United States and Germany are jointly developing secret spy satellites under the guise of a commercial programme despite opposition from France, leaked US diplomatic cables showed Monday.

Last Bundeswehr conscripts report for duty

Last Bundeswehr conscripts report for duty

Germany’s final batch of military conscripts, some 12,000 young men, reported for duty on Monday, as the country moves toward a smaller, professional armed forces.

Tourists rescued from croc-infested Aussie river

Tourists rescued from croc-infested Aussie river

Four German tourists had to be rescued Monday after they ignored warning signs and got their car stuck in a crocodile-infested river in northern Australia.

Top firms urge antitrust sanctions on Hungary

Top firms urge antitrust sanctions on Hungary

Thirteen leading European firms including Germany's RWE, EON and Deutsche Telekom have reportedly urged the European Union to impose sanctions on Hungary for anti-competitive measures.

Lufthansa to create 4,000 jobs in Germany

Lufthansa to create 4,000 jobs in Germany

German national air carrier Lufthansa will create 4,000 jobs in the country in 2011, its new boss Christoph Franz said on Monday.

Ski champ’s brother killed in fireworks accident

Ski champ’s brother killed in fireworks accident

The brother of skiing champion Annemarie Gerg was killed on New Year’s Eve when a homemade firework exploded unexpectedly, according to a Monday media report.

Bayern to sign no new players over winter break

Bayern to sign no new players over winter break

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge declared on Sunday that the club would sign no new players in the January transfer window.

German Coptics fear Islamist attacks

German Coptics fear Islamist attacks

German politicians of all stripes have called for a tougher line against religious intolerance after 21 Coptic Christians were murdered in Egypt, while Copts in Germany warned on Monday they also feared violent attacks.