Anti-terror laws extended for four years

Anti-terror laws extended for four years

The German authorities will be able to more easily obtain information on bank account transfers and airline passengers, but will have other powers curtailed under an overhaul of anti-terrorism laws announced on Wednesday.

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Policewoman jailed for killing her baby

A former police officer in Lower Saxony was sentenced Wednesday to four-and-a-half years in prison for killing her newborn baby last year and burying it in order to avoid shocking her new boyfriend.

Merkel tells bankers to help bailout Greece

Merkel tells bankers to help bailout Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday called on bankers to help bailout Greece, saying they "should lend a hand" to eurozone governments trying to hammer out a new rescue package for the debt-ridden country.

Greens’ campaign manager fired after drink-driving arrest

Greens’ campaign manager fired after drink-driving arrest

The Green party campaign manager for Berlin's upcoming state election in September has been fired after a newspaper reported that he had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and assaulting police.

Media roundup: Berlin’s dance with the dragon

Media roundup: Berlin’s dance with the dragon

A by-the-numbers exchange on human rights. Mutual praise and admiration. New deals worth billions. The Chinese juggernaut has passed through Berlin, leaving German commentators pondering the implications in The Local's media roundup on Wednesday.

Lisicki hailed as new Steffi Graf

Lisicki hailed as new Steffi Graf

German newspapers on Wednesday hailed homegrown tennis star Sabine Lisicki after she made it into the Wimbledon semifinals, wondering if the country at last has a new Steffi Graf.

Animal park welcomes ‘terror bird’ cousin hatchling

Animal park welcomes ‘terror bird’ cousin hatchling

An animal park near Germany’s northern border with Denmark is hoping a freakish-looking hatchling related to ancient “terror birds” will become a new star attraction.

Former Merkel advisor’s tax plan unfair, CSU says

Former Merkel advisor’s tax plan unfair, CSU says

A radical tax reform plan by a former advisor of Chancellor Angela Merkel has been dismissed as unfair by her conservative coalition partners the Christian Social Union.

North Korean players struck by lightning, coach claims

North Korean players struck by lightning, coach claims

North Korea's women's football coach has claimed several players played in the opening 2-0 World Cup loss to the United States on Tuesday suffering from the effects of being struck by lightning at a training camp.

Chinese cyber attacks target German ministers

Chinese cyber attacks target German ministers

Chinese cyber attacks on German computers rose sharply in number last year and included attempted penetrations of government ministers’ PCs, according to a Wednesday media report.