Merkel’s coalition conundrum

Merkel’s coalition conundrum

Hemmed in by an ascendant Green party and facing life without a natural political partner, could the woes of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives help boost right-wing populists in Germany?

‘We shouldn’t panic. We can actively do something to fight this’

‘We shouldn’t panic. We can actively do something to fight this’

As German health authorities hunt for the source of a virulent E. Coli outbreak that has hit 350 people, many of them women, The Local spoke with Dr. Lothar H. Wieler, a bacteria expert at Berlin's Free University.

Business leaders reject government econ policy

Business leaders reject government econ policy

German business leaders are unhappy with the current government economic policy, although the Ifo rating of general business confidence held steady for the first time in some months.

Deadly E. coli outbreak claims first victims

Deadly E. coli outbreak claims first victims

Three people in Germany have died from an outbreak of virulent enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria, as potentially deadly diarrhoea continues to spread across the country. Many of those infected are fighting for their lives in intensive care units.

Industry wants women, migrants and older workers to plug jobs gap

Industry wants women, migrants and older workers to plug jobs gap

With one in every three German firms fearing a growing shortage of skilled workers, the head of the governmental industry group has called for marginalised workers to be brought back into the workplace.

Police target leftist group for rail cable arson

Police target leftist group for rail cable arson

Police on Tuesday said they believed a leftist extremist group was responsible for an arson attack on Berlin's commuter train network. The incident severely disrupted transport in the capital and knocked out thousands of phone and internet connections.

Scandalous insurance reps filmed ‘taking drugs’ on other trips

Scandalous insurance reps filmed ‘taking drugs’ on other trips

The German insurance representatives who took part in a scandalous ‘motivational’ orgy reportedly indulged in blatant drug-taking on other trips abroad abroad with business colleagues.

Volcanic ash approaches North Sea coast

Volcanic ash approaches North Sea coast

German aviation authorities are implementing special supervision of flights as a cloud of volcanic ash is expected to reach the North Sea coast late on Tuesday.

Karlsruhe scientists transfer 700 DVDs of data in one second

Karlsruhe scientists transfer 700 DVDs of data in one second

Computer users who despair over slow internet connections should take heart - German scientists have broken a speed record, sending 700 DVDs' worth of data via a single laser beam, in one second.

Huge explosives stash found in Kiel

Huge explosives stash found in Kiel

Police evacuated 12 buildings in the northern German city of Kiel after finding a large stash of home-made explosives in a man’s apartment on Monday night.

In bed with Ida Hattemer-Higgins

In bed with Ida Hattemer-Higgins

Ida Hattemer-Higgins is no stranger to insomnia and vivid dreams. The premise for her well-received debut novel “The History of History: A Novel of Berlin” came to her in a nightmare.