Prosecutors drop demand for Demjanjuk to return to jail

Prosecutors drop demand for Demjanjuk to return to jail

German prosecutors said Friday that they have withdrawn a demand for ex-Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk to return to jail pending appeals of his conviction for assisting in killing nearly 30,000 Jews.

Hackers steal police data from customs servers

Hackers steal police data from customs servers

The security of German government computer systems has come into question after hackers broke into the Customs Administration’s servers and stole data on Thursday night.

Hitler’s birthplace revokes dictator’s citizenship

Hitler’s birthplace revokes dictator’s citizenship

Sixty-six years after the end of World War II, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler has been stripped of his honorary citizenship in the Austrian city where he was born.

Conservative MP admits alcohol problem after car accident

Conservative MP admits alcohol problem after car accident

A senior MP from Angela Merkel’s conservatives has admitted he is an alcoholic and checked himself in for treatment after fleeing the scene of a minor car accident on Saturday night.

Beckenbauer furious over Munich Olympics snub

Beckenbauer furious over Munich Olympics snub

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer has accused European members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of voting against Munich 2018 Winter Olympics bid in order to further their own interests.

Fossils in Saxony shed light on ancient lizard life

Fossils in Saxony shed light on ancient lizard life

Scientists in Saxony have discovered 290-million-year-old fossil skeletons of a previously unknown, tree-dwelling lizard species in a perfectly preserved petrified forest that casts new light on the habits of ancient reptiles.

Export machine reawakens

Export machine reawakens

Germany's export machine geared up in May, expanding by 4.3 percent to nearly offset a decline in April, data from the national statistics office showed on Friday.

Cost of train graffiti and vandalism on the rise, operators say

Cost of train graffiti and vandalism on the rise, operators say

The cost of graffiti and vandalism on Germany’s trains is on the rise, hitting a record last year of €50 million as the amount of spray-painting and damage creeps upward, according to a Friday media report.

Only half of Germans want tax cuts

Only half of Germans want tax cuts

In a sign of Germans’ financial priorities, just half of voters favour tax cuts right now and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble – a noted tax cut sceptic – has rocketed to become the most popular politician in the country.

Mother’s milk: A secret weapon for everything

Mother’s milk: A secret weapon for everything

The Local's series Motherhood in the Fatherland follows new mum Sabine Devins as she navigates the cultural quirks of having a baby in Germany. In the latest instalment, she discovers a secret weapon for her parenting arsenal: mother's milk.