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Calling Germany home: The Local’s special immigration series

Immigration has been one of the most fiercely discussed issues of the past year since former central banker Thilo Sarrazin sparked a bitter debate about Muslim integration.

Rich states push to curb federal redistribution

Rich states push to curb federal redistribution

The three big, rich states of Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg and Hesse are arming themselves for a fresh battle against paying support to Germany's financially weaker regions, officials announced Monday.

Guttenberg slams ‘clueless’ critics

Guttenberg slams ‘clueless’ critics

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, facing mounting pressure over deadly accidents involving soldiers, on Monday called his critics "clueless" and uninformed.

Egypt demands Berlin return Nefertiti bust

Egypt demands Berlin return Nefertiti bust

Egypt's antiquities chief said Monday that Cairo has demanded that Germany return the 3,400 year-old bust of fabled Queen Nefertiti, 98 years after it was uncovered on the banks of the Nile.

Daimler teams up with Toray to form carbon fibre unit

Daimler teams up with Toray to form carbon fibre unit

Japanese synthetic fibre maker Toray Industries and German auto giant Daimler AG said on Monday they would set up a joint venture to make lighter carbon-fibre-based auto parts.

Capital gains tax revenue plummets

Capital gains tax revenue plummets

Germans paid dramatically less in capital gains taxes on income such as bank interest, share dividends and share sales last year than previously, prompting fresh debate about the tax code.

Young Israelis go crazy for Berlin

Young Israelis go crazy for Berlin

Growing numbers of young Israelis are moving to Berlin, eager to put the shadow of the past behind them. Ruth Michaelson reports on why so many are "meshugge" for the German capital and how they are shaping its culture.

From Pong to Wii: Museum offers glimpse of gaming over the years

From Pong to Wii: Museum offers glimpse of gaming over the years

A new exhibition in Berlin offers video game fans a hands-on blast to the virtual past. But as Amrit Naresh discovers, visitors also have the chance to learn what their computer pastimes say about our society.

Pharma firms urged to refuse US capital punishment drug

Pharma firms urged to refuse US capital punishment drug

Doctors are backing a call by Health Minister Philipp Rösler for German drug firms to refuse to supply a key agent used in lethal injection executions to the United States.

Motorbike riders given licence plate break

Motorbike riders given licence plate break

Germany’s 3.8 million motorbike riders had cause to celebrate Monday with the news that they would no longer be forced to use the hated oversized “baking tray” number plates.

Parents demand fresh probe in navy death

Parents demand fresh probe in navy death

The scandal over treatment of cadets on the Gorch Fock navy training ship widened Monday, when the father of a young woman sailor who drowned after falling from the ship in 2008 was demanding a fresh inquiry.

Catholic abuse victims offered firm payout

Catholic abuse victims offered firm payout

Victims of sex abuse at Jesuit schools are finally being offered concrete compensation payouts one year after the abuse scandal was revealed, a Catholic official said Monday.