Bavarians revel in maypole intrigue

Bavarians revel in maypole intrigue

Last weekend, villages across Bavaria erected maypoles for traditional springtime celebrations. But before the parties started, Chris Cottrell spent a night with a crew taking part in the longstanding ritual of pole snatching.

Beheading al-Qaida: Is Germany safer?

Beheading al-Qaida: Is Germany safer?

The death of Osama bin Laden is a historic moment coinciding with key al-Qaida arrests in Germany. But does it make us safer? The Local asked Christian Tuschhoff, terrorism expert at Berlin's Free University.

Commerzbank shares surge as Q1 profit jumps

Commerzbank shares surge as Q1 profit jumps

Germany's second-biggest private lender, Commerzbank, said on Monday that its first-quarter net profit rose 40 percent to about €1.0 billion ($1.5 billion), sending its shares soaring in Frankfurt.

Frost and snow to return

Frost and snow to return

As colder temperatures return to Germany this week, parts of the country could see frost and even snow at higher altitudes, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.

Coalition split by anti-terror laws row

Coalition split by anti-terror laws row

Tensions are mounting within Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition over tougher laws to battle terrorism, with differences brought into stark relief by the recent arrest of three suspected al-Qaida-linked extremists.

Topless sunbathing goes out of style

Topless sunbathing goes out of style

German women are less willing to sunbathe topless than they were in the past, a recent survey shows. The primary reason for the new prudishness? Unwanted attention by men.

Woman puts attacking deer in sweaty headlock

Woman puts attacking deer in sweaty headlock

A jogger fought off a crazed, attacking deer by putting it in a headlock and scaring it off.

First offshore commercial wind farm goes online

First offshore commercial wind farm goes online

Chancellor Angela Merkel will help unveil Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm, Baltic 1, on Monday.

Handful of arrests on mostly quiet May Day

Handful of arrests on mostly quiet May Day

Police arrested several people after left-wing extremists and the police clashed in the German capital late Sunday following peaceful May Day marches by tens of thousands in the city.

Germany on high alert after bin Laden death

Germany on high alert after bin Laden death

The United States embassy as well as American military bases in Germany are on high alert to the risk of terrorists reprisals after President Barack Obama announced late Sunday that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had been killed.