Growth expected to match 2010 boom

Growth expected to match 2010 boom

Chancellor Angela Merkel offered an upbeat forecast for the German economy on Friday, with growth expected to reach a similar level this year to the rate in 2010, when it hit 3.6 percent.

Car ploughs into crowd injuring 11 people

Car ploughs into crowd injuring 11 people

Eleven people including three children who were waiting at a tram stop in Essen were injured – some of them seriously – when a car ploughed into them on Friday.

French and German mice refuse to play nice

French and German mice refuse to play nice

German and French mice prefer to stick to their own kind when it comes down to sex, according to evolution scientists who are trying to work out whether it is a language thing or different tastes in perfume.

Merkel’s euro moment

Merkel’s euro moment

After facing months of criticism over her lack of leadership during Europe’s debt crisis, Chancellor Merkel has decided defending the eurozone is in Germany’s best interest. The Local’s Marc Young analyses the implications.

Germans ‘reluctant’ to help Africa as famine worsens

Germans ‘reluctant’ to help Africa as famine worsens

Germans seem less prepared to donate money for aid operations in Africa then elsewhere, according to the aid group federation Aktion Deutschland Hilft, referring to the latest famine in eastern Africa.

Open water swimmer Lurz takes fifth world title

Open water swimmer Lurz takes fifth world title

Germany's Thomas Lurz was hailed as one of the all-time swimming greats on Friday as he sealed his fifth world championships open water title in a dramatic 5km race in Shanghai.

Rösler plans special investment for Greece

Rösler plans special investment for Greece

German Economy Minister Philipp Rösler is reportedly working on a 16-point plan to encourage German companies to invest in Greece, including the idea of setting up special economic zones.

Bundeswehr recruits quitting voluntary service

Bundeswehr recruits quitting voluntary service

The Bundeswehr has a new problem after moving from conscription to voluntary service: New recruits are quitting after just a few days military training.

Cities press to expand bottle deposit scheme

Cities press to expand bottle deposit scheme

An association representing German cities wants to expand the deposit scheme for bottles and other disposable consumer items in an effort to reduce litter across the country.

Cultivating the king of grapes

Cultivating the king of grapes

German winemaking has long outgrown the horrors of the 1970s Blue Nun and Black Tower – these days Riesling is coveted around the globe. But, as Hannah Cleaver discovers, don’t expect to find a good bottle at your supermarket.