‘This nuclear phaseout is not a revolution starting after Fukushima’

‘This nuclear phaseout is not a revolution starting after Fukushima’

Out with the old, in with the renewable. With Germany's nuclear exit date now set at 2022, the country is about to embark on a decade of energy reform. Can it be done? The Local asked energy expert Marcel Viëtor.

Minister plans to keep petrol prices down under

Minister plans to keep petrol prices down under

German motorists would have advanced warning of petrol price rises under an Australian-inspired proposal from Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer to stop the big oil firms from price-fixing.

Sunniest, driest spring since 1893 recorded

Sunniest, driest spring since 1893 recorded

Germany has registered the sunniest and driest spring since records began in 1893, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Monday. But thunderstorms could end a hot start to the week.

Court rules ‘kiss my ass’ insulting

Court rules ‘kiss my ass’ insulting

The German phrase “Leck mich am Arsch,” the equivalent of “kiss my ass,” has been officially ruled an insult by a court in Kaiserslautern.

Insurer deducted €83,000-orgy from taxes

Insurer deducted €83,000-orgy from taxes

A notorious Budapest sex party hosted by a German insurance company for its top employees was reportedly used as a €83,000 tax write-off by the company.

Renewables unlikely to fill nuclear gap without bold policy changes

Renewables unlikely to fill nuclear gap without bold policy changes

Germany has decided to phase out nuclear power, but can renewables satisfy the energy needs of Europe’s largest economy? Experts say better policy, not technology, is needed for renewable energy to reach its potential.

Germany tops Europe for foreign capital

Germany tops Europe for foreign capital

Germany is the most attractive European country for foreign companies to set up in, according to Monday news report.

ISAF general describes Afghan bomb attack

ISAF general describes Afghan bomb attack

After narrowly surviving a bomb attack, the wounded German commander of international forces in northern Afghanistan, Markus Kneip, vowed late Sunday to carry on with his job and described the moment of the blast.

Crisis team meets as E. Coli death toll hits 13

Crisis team meets as E. Coli death toll hits 13

As Germany’s health and political leaders called a crisis meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss the ongoing E. coli outbreak, authorities confirmed a thirteenth person had been killed by the deadly bacteria.

Germany to quit nuclear power by 2022

Germany to quit nuclear power by 2022

Germany on Monday announced plans to become the first major industrialised power to shut down all its nuclear plants in the wake of the disaster in Japan, with a phaseout due to be wrapped up by 2022.