Universities bracing for flood of students

Universities bracing for flood of students

An end to military conscription and growing interest in higher education mean German universities are about to be flooded with an unprecedented number of new students. Moises Mendoza reports on what it means for the country’s creaky uni system.

Hackers gather around the computer campfire

Hackers gather around the computer campfire

Thousands of hackers and computer enthusiasts are flocking this week to a camp outside Berlin hosted by the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) for five days of discussion and IT exploits.

Merkel, Sarkozy to hold debt crisis meeting

Merkel, Sarkozy to hold debt crisis meeting

Chancellor Angela Merkel is to hold crisis talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy next week in a bid to solve the eurozone debt crisis amid continuing turmoil in financial markets.

China buying strongly into Munich Re

China buying strongly into Munich Re

China is buying into the indefatigable German reinsurance giant Munich Re, raising its stake to 3 percent and prompting speculation about its future aims.

Neo-Nazis slammed for ‘gas’ campaign poster

Neo-Nazis slammed for ‘gas’ campaign poster

The neo-Nazi National Democratic Party is being accused of deliberately invoking the Holocaust in a Berlin election poster that shows leader Udo Voigt on a motorcycle with the slogan “Gas geben!”

Media roundup: Diagnosing Britain’s riot sickness

Media roundup: Diagnosing Britain’s riot sickness

Could Germany see riots like those hitting the UK this week? Many commentators in The Local’s media roundup don't think so. But they seem to agree with British Prime Minister David Cameron assessment that parts of UK society are “sick.”

Village remembers Iron Curtain coming down

Village remembers Iron Curtain coming down

When the Berlin Wall went up overnight 50 years ago, the trapped East German enclave of Klein Glienicke became one of the most tightly guarded communities on the planet. AFP's Deborah Cole reports.

What’s on in Germany: August 11 – 17

What’s on in Germany: August 11 – 17

This Week's Highlights: Public art in Frankfurt, tall ships in Rostock, and Berlin marks the 50th anniversary of the building of the Wall.

Police union wants more online ‘cybercops’

Police union wants more online ‘cybercops’

A German police union is calling for a special force of “cybercops” to patrol the internet, much like regular officers walk their beats on a daily basis.

Group calls for workplace kissing ban

Group calls for workplace kissing ban

A German etiquette watchdog is calling for kissing to be completely banned in workplaces across the country.

Footballers power past team Brazil

Footballers power past team Brazil

Germany's young guns proved they are fast becoming a force to be reckoned with as they turned on the style to beat Brazil 3-2 here on Wednesday with rising star Mario Götze in dazzling form.