Merkel demands Qaddafi step down immediately

Merkel demands Qaddafi step down immediately

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday demanded Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi step down immediately, as his forces continued to advance on rebel-held parts of the North African nation.

Union says no railway strikes till Tuesday

Union says no railway strikes till Tuesday

Train drivers’ union GDL on Friday calmed the fears of German rail travellers, promising not to stage further strikes until Tuesday – giving employers a four day window to make a new offer in the ongoing labour dispute.

Man swallows €145 to avoid being robbed

Man swallows €145 to avoid being robbed

A man in Erfurt swallowed €145 in cash after an acquaintance demanded he give him his welfare benefit to settle an outstanding debt, daily Bild reported Friday.

Hydrangeas go missing as ‘cannabis scenesters’ experiment with flowers

Hydrangeas go missing as ‘cannabis scenesters’ experiment with flowers

An increasing number of eastern German gardeners are complaining of missing hydrangea plants, which can apparently be smoked, a media report said Friday.

Poll points to possible left-wing coalition in Saxony-Anhalt

Poll points to possible left-wing coalition in Saxony-Anhalt

With just over a week until a state election in Saxony-Anhalt, the centre-left Social Democrats are tied in an opinion poll with the socialist Left party – potentially opening the way for an alliance that could topple the current grand coalition.

Cartoon strip mocks Hitler and hipsters

Cartoon strip mocks Hitler and hipsters

Can a cartoon about Hitler be funny or is it just in bad taste? Exberliner magazine spoke with the creators of a strip poking fun at both hipsters and the most-hated man of the 20th century.

Berlin pledges support to devastated Japan

Berlin pledges support to devastated Japan

Germany pledged its support to Japan on Friday after the island nation suffered a devastating earthquake followed by a tsunami that left hundreds dead and missing.

Public sector wage dispute ends

Public sector wage dispute ends

The five-week wage dispute between public employees and Germany’s state employers ended late on Thursday evening with an agreement to increase salaries for some 600,000 workers.

Traffic lights giving way to roundabouts

Traffic lights giving way to roundabouts

The long wait at the many unnecessary traffic lights in Germany may soon be over. Communities nationwide are exploring the use of alternative traffic control systems, such as roundabouts and zebra stripes, to resolve the traffic light's growing issues of expense and safety.

Academy for undertakers offers ‘recession-proof’ job training

Academy for undertakers offers ‘recession-proof’ job training

German trainee undertakers are being put through their paces at Europe's only "funeral school" in Münnerstadt - anything but a dying business in the fast-ageing continent.