US sues Deutsche Bank for mortgage fraud

US sues Deutsche Bank for mortgage fraud

The US Justice Department sued German giant Deutsche Bank Tuesday for mortgage fraud, saying the bank illegally obtained government insurance for substandard mortgages during the US housing boom.

Mosel Valley bridge to be built in wine country

Mosel Valley bridge to be built in wine country

Opponents of a giant bridge to be built through Germany's historic wine country, prized for its world-class Rieslings, mourned on Tuesday their defeat in a years-long battle to stop the project.

Man throws firecracker at crying child

Man throws firecracker at crying child

An annoyed resident of Berlin’s Treptow district responded to the sound of a crying child on a playground by pelting it with an illegal firecracker, the Berliner Morgenpost daily reported on Tuesday.

East Side Gallery artists sue over Berlin Wall restoration

East Side Gallery artists sue over Berlin Wall restoration

In the latest chapter of a controversy over the restoration of the Berlin Wall’s famed East Side Gallery, several artists are demanding compensation from the city because they say their artwork was removed, painted over or reproduced without their consent.

Pub smoking still widespread despite ban

Pub smoking still widespread despite ban

Despite widespread smoking bans across Germany, more than four out of five corner pubs and bars still have patrons smoking inside, a study released Tuesday has found.

German media roundup: The death of bin Laden

German media roundup: The death of bin Laden

History’s most extensive and expensive manhunt has come to an end. In The Local's media roundup, the German press on Tuesday gauge the symbolism versus the reality.

German recycling system gets an overhaul

German recycling system gets an overhaul

Confused by Germany's recycling system? It just got even more complicated with an orange bin. But as Alexander Bakst discovers, Germans are taking the new element in their stride.

MPs call for hike in commuter allowance

MPs call for hike in commuter allowance

Amid rising petrol prices, a cross-party group of MPs is calling for a hike in the Pendlerpauschale commuter allowance, which lets German workers write off travel costs on their tax.

Wulff condemns Mexican drug violence

Wulff condemns Mexican drug violence

President Christian Wulff has spoken out during a visit to Mexico against the appalling drug-related violence gripping the North American country.

Private train drivers to strike again

Private train drivers to strike again

Many regional rail commuters will once again have to find alternative transport this week with train drivers for several private operators set to strike from Tuesday afternoon until Friday.