The Local’s live Eurovision commentary

The Local’s live Eurovision commentary

Please join The Local's Ben Knight for insightful commentary and analysis of this year's Eurovision Song Contest starting at 9 pm CET!

Eurovision counts down

Eurovision counts down

Music acts from 25 nations prepared to compete on Saturday evening in the Eurovision Song Contest, a kitschy pop extravaganza being held in Düsseldorf. Watch The Local's live coverage from 9 pm CET!

Job centre: Germany needs two million skilled immigrants

Job centre: Germany needs two million skilled immigrants

Frank-Jürgen Weise, head of the Federal Labour Agency (BA), said in an interview published Saturday that Germany needs two million qualified foreigners over the next few years to avoid a labour shortage.

Easyjet strike causes delays in Berlin

Easyjet strike causes delays in Berlin

A warning strike by Easyjet employees at Berlin's Schönefeld airport caused severe disruption on Saturday morning. Several flights had to be cancelled, while many others were delayed.

Government threatened with anti-EU revolt

Government threatened with anti-EU revolt

Up to 50 MPs in Germany's ruling coalition may vote against the European Financial Stabilization Mechanism (EFSM), according to a eurosceptic MP in the government's junior partner, the Free Democratic Party.

Steinbrück signals chancellorship ambitions

Steinbrück signals chancellorship ambitions

Former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has signalled his willingness to be a chancellor candidate for his Social Democratic Party, in an interview to be broadcast this weekend.

Merkel and Netanyahu discuss Mideast peace

Merkel and Netanyahu discuss Mideast peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed Israeli-Palestinian ties on Friday, a week before Netanyahu takes his battle against Palestinian statehood to Washington.

Berlin calls on Greece to restructure debt

Berlin calls on Greece to restructure debt

The EU Commission, the IMF and Germany are calling for Greece to reschedule its massive debt burden, due to the deteriorating situation, the German press reported Saturday.