‘It will be cacophony or a huge success’

‘It will be cacophony or a huge success’

As Berlin’s annual transmediale festival exploring the relationship between culture and technology kicked off this week, The Local’s Ruth Michaelson chatted with participant and “open design” proponent Jay Cousins for an inside look.

Berlin to scale back anti-terrorism police

Berlin to scale back anti-terrorism police

The strengthened police presence at German transport hubs and public buildings owing to terrorism fears will be scaled back, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said Tuesday.

Mercedes Benz relaunches hyper-luxury Maybach car in India

Mercedes Benz relaunches hyper-luxury Maybach car in India

German carmaker Mercedes Benz reintroduced its hyper-luxury Maybach car in India on Tuesday, pitching it at the country's growing number of super-rich.

Lena’s Eurovision song selection begins

Lena’s Eurovision song selection begins

Pop starlet Lena Meyer-Landrut kicked off her campaign to keep the Eurovision crown in German hands on Monday night, with the first of two televised showcases to pick a song for this years’ Song Contest.

Pirates allegedly shoot seaman on hijacked German ship

Pirates allegedly shoot seaman on hijacked German ship

An anti-piracy protection vessel has fired on a hijacked German ship during a botched rescue attempt, panicking Somali pirates on board who shot dead one of the crew, the ship owner said Tuesday.

Government warns against all travel to Egypt

Government warns against all travel to Egypt

The German government stepped up its travel advice for Egypt Tuesday, warning “strongly” against travel to any part of the country, which is in the grip of violent and chaotic anti-government protests.

Residents of former squat square up for forced eviction

Residents of former squat square up for forced eviction

Residents of a Berlin housing project at the coalface of the capital’s gentrification battles have vowed defiantly to lock themselves in and stay put when hundreds of police arrive early Wednesday morning to evict them.

Adjusted unemployment figures dip to record low for January

Adjusted unemployment figures dip to record low for January

German unemployment climbed last month in absolute terms, official data showed on Tuesday, but dipped to a record low when adjusted for seasonal factors, analysts said.

Train driver ignored two stop warnings before deadly crash

Train driver ignored two stop warnings before deadly crash

The driver of the freight train that collided with a passenger train over the weekend, killing 10, apparently ignored two stop signals just before the accident, a media report said Tuesday.

Ski jumping for everyone

Ski jumping for everyone

Ski jumping can be thrilling to watch, but it’s not a sport most people imagine doing themselves. The Local’s Kristen Allen heads to Germany’s picturesque Thuringian Forest to strap on some fat skis and go flying – without fear of death.

Two soldiers dead, four injured in accident at training area

Two soldiers dead, four injured in accident at training area

Two Bundeswehr soldiers are dead and four injured after an accident at a training area in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, authorities said late Monday.

Merkel urges Israel to resume peace talks

Merkel urges Israel to resume peace talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week urged Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to seek a swift revival of peace talks with the Palestinians, citing regional unrest as cause for urgency.