Police give all clear at Aachen clinic after hostage and bomb threat

Police give all clear at Aachen clinic after hostage and bomb threat

Police gave the all-clear on Friday night after searching the Aachen University clinic for a man who threatened to take a child hostage and detonate a bomb if he was not given money.

Women’s football confronts gay taboos

Women’s football confronts gay taboos

Gay players have long struggled for acceptance in the world of sports, and as Germany prepares for the Women's World Cup, their issues are again at the fore. Current and former players say progress has been made, but not enough.

Ethnic Chinese fraternity man sparks racial row

Ethnic Chinese fraternity man sparks racial row

Germany’s traditional Burschenschaften student fraternities sparked controversy recently by debating whether an ethnically Chinese German citizen could be a member. The Local spoke with him about race and Teutonic tradition.

Business confidence posts surprise rise

Business confidence posts surprise rise

Germany's Ifo business confidence index posted a surprise rise on Friday, suggesting investors remain positive about prospects for Europe's top economy despite the Greek debt crisis and concerns about US growth.

Tentacled tipsters and prophetic pachyderm predict Women’s World Cup

Tentacled tipsters and prophetic pachyderm predict Women’s World Cup

During last year's Football World Cup in South Africa, Paul the Octopus shot to fame for his accurate match predictions. But a new batch of animal oracles are tipping the women's competition starting in Germany on Sunday.

Greek immigrants remain stoic in face of German taunts

Greek immigrants remain stoic in face of German taunts

As Greece faces financial disaster, its people face hostility and conflicted feelings in Germany. While they sometimes endure jokes and taunting, they know that their countrymen are suffering back home.

Housing charity accused of exploiting Roma

Housing charity accused of exploiting Roma

A Berlin charity has been accused of housing Roma families in filthy flats and making a hefty profit from over-charging them for the accommodation – tax free, while speaking about them with a shocking lack of respect.

Cologne council members consider opening Rhine to swimmers

Cologne council members consider opening Rhine to swimmers

Cologne city officials are discussing opening portions of the Rhine River to public swimming, saying it would help protect other bodies of water in sensitive natural areas.

Becker’s holiday home confiscated by court over gardening bill

Becker’s holiday home confiscated by court over gardening bill

Former tennis legend and all-round German celebrity Boris Becker, has had his villa on Majorca officially confiscated by a court because he has not paid his gardening bill.

Muslims say fight against terror must not lead to general suspicion

Muslims say fight against terror must not lead to general suspicion

The Central Council of Muslims has warned against putting all Muslim people under general suspicion of being radical or terrorists, ahead of Friday’s ‘Prevention Summit’ being held by the Interior Ministry.

Greens still split on nuke exit plan ahead of vote

Greens still split on nuke exit plan ahead of vote

As the Greens gathers for this weekend’s special conference to decide on whether to support the government’s nuclear power exit strategy, the party's leadership said it would be contingent on the introduction of tighter safety standards.