Jack the Ripper was a German sailor, detective claims

Jack the Ripper was a German sailor, detective claims

Jack the Ripper was probably a German merchant seaman named Carl Feigenbaum. That’s the theory proposed by English former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott. He spoke to The Local.

Drifting hole in ozone layer set to expose Germans to skin damage

Drifting hole in ozone layer set to expose Germans to skin damage

The hole in the ozone layer above the Arctic is drifting, putting Germany and other parts of Central Europe at risk from harmful UV radiation in the coming weeks, experts say.

Growth forecast of 2.8 percent confirmed by top institutes

Growth forecast of 2.8 percent confirmed by top institutes

Germany will steam ahead in 2011, leaving most of its rivals trailing in its wake, the country's leading economic institutes predicted Thursday, publishing bullish forecasts for Europe's top economy.

EU aid for Portugal ‘sensible,’ Germany says

EU aid for Portugal ‘sensible,’ Germany says

Portugal's request for EU aid is a "sensible and necessary step," given the economic and financial situation of the debt-stricken country, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Thursday.

Google invests €3.5 million in German solar energy plant

Google invests €3.5 million in German solar energy plant

Google has invested €3.5 million in a German photovoltaic park, marking the internet giant’s first venture into the renewable energy market outside the United States.

Hochtief shares head down under due to Aussie subsidiary

Hochtief shares head down under due to Aussie subsidiary

Shares in the biggest German construction group, Hochtief, plunged in early trading Thursday after it warned of a negative impact on 2011 results from problems at its Australian unit, Leighton.

Catholics quit church in droves last year

Catholics quit church in droves last year

The number of Catholics quitting the church jumped 40 percent last year to 180,000 in the wake of persistent child sex abuse scandals, a media report said Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: April 7 – 13

What’s on in Germany: April 7 – 13

This week's highlights: An Easter market in Hamburg, music videos as art in Cologne, and a festival of contemporary character design in Berlin.

More tax for less: Germans fear for future

More tax for less: Germans fear for future

Most Germans fear gravely for the future of their cherished welfare state, believing they will pay more taxes yet receive fewer benefits in the coming decade, a major survey has found.

Strike grounds some Berlin Easyjet flights

Strike grounds some Berlin Easyjet flights

Flights out of Berlin’s Schönefeld airport by budget airline Easyjet were being cancelled Thursday morning after a limited warning strike by cabin staff.

The German doctor who holidays in an African hospital

The German doctor who holidays in an African hospital

One in 16 women in sub-Saharan Africa dies in childbirth. One in 13 babies is stillborn or dies within a week. For World Health Day, The Local's David Wroe meets a young German doctor who is making a difference.