‘Different disease-causing E. coli bacteria have created a new type’

‘Different disease-causing E. coli bacteria have created a new type’

At Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, health authorities are searching to find the source of the country's virulent E. coli (EHEC) outbreak. Microbiologist Lothar Beutin, head of its reference laboratory, describes the race to find the cause.

Drinks wagon fight led to fatal Rostock beating

Drinks wagon fight led to fatal Rostock beating

Police said on Friday that the man who was beaten to death in Rostock on Thursday was killed in a senseless argument over whose drinks wagon was better-looking.

E. coli infection figures stabilising

E. coli infection figures stabilising

The E. coli outbreak that has killed at least 18 people appears to be stabilising, a senior German doctor said on Friday, as police investigated two food distributors and a restaurant owner in Hamburg.

Tasting sweet success with Peaches

Tasting sweet success with Peaches

The Local’s series “Making it in Germany” presents Peaches, a Canadian musician and performance artist who has rocked Berlin like few others. She spoke with Nadja Sayej.

Stormy weekend ahead

Stormy weekend ahead

Severe weather will hit the country over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Friday. Storms will hammer the country with heavy winds and sustained rainfall and even hailstorms in some regions.

Violinist calls for tax changes to favour supporting the arts

Violinist calls for tax changes to favour supporting the arts

One of Germany’s best-known classical violinists, Anne-Sophie Mutter, has called for the country's tax system to be changed to encourage private donations to cultural causes.

Deutsche Bahn decides against boarding intercity buses

Deutsche Bahn decides against boarding intercity buses

Deutsche Bahn said on Friday it had abandoned a project to expand its current regional bus services to include intercity routes in Germany.

Aerial photos show Germany from striking new angle

Aerial photos show Germany from striking new angle

A new book of aerial photography reveals fascinating new textures and patterns in German landscapes that can look completely different from above.

Prosecutor probes Solar Millennium manager’s pay deal

Prosecutor probes Solar Millennium manager’s pay deal

The state prosecutor is investigating the goings on in the boardroom of Germany’s flagship solar power company Solar Millennium, after a CEO who stayed just 74 days was paid €9 million, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Group says little people still disadvantaged in Germany

Group says little people still disadvantaged in Germany

German society must better accommodate the needs of little people, according to the national organization representing their interests.

Löw expects slugfest against Austrians in Euro 2012 qualifier

Löw expects slugfest against Austrians in Euro 2012 qualifier

Germany coach Joachim Löw said his side was preparing for a battle against Austria when the two neighbours face off on Friday in a Euro 2012 qualifier in Vienna.

Cash problems force Sobibor death camp museum to close

Cash problems force Sobibor death camp museum to close

A museum at the former Nazi German death camp in Sobibor, eastern Poland, has been shut down until further notice due to underfunding as Polish authorities scramble to raise the money to re-open it.

Merkel defends E. coli reaction to Zapatero

Merkel defends E. coli reaction to Zapatero

Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended the German health authorities from criticism that their reaction to the EHEC E. coli outbreak during a telephone call with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.