‘Berlin is change, Berlin is the place to be’

‘Berlin is change, Berlin is the place to be’

As Berliners prepare to go to the polls this Sunday, The Local spoke with Mayor Klaus Wowereit about his re-election campaign and his priorities for the German capital.

Motor show hopes to dispel global gloom

Motor show hopes to dispel global gloom

Car makers at the world's biggest motor show, the IAA, sought on Tuesday to rise above the gathering global economic gloom, saying they were better positioned than in the last crisis three years ago.

OECD says Germany not producing enough skilled workers

OECD says Germany not producing enough skilled workers

Germany is falling behind in its production of skilled young workers, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, which shows stagnation of the number of people attending higher education.

The morality of pope bashing

The morality of pope bashing

Members of The Left party are boycotting the pope's speech to the German parliament during an official visit to Berlin later this month. For Der Tagesspiegel’s Malte Lehming, leftist attitudes toward Catholicism are no different from right-wing populist bigotry against Islam.

GM wants Opel to challenge VW

GM wants Opel to challenge VW

General Motors believes its European Opel brand can easily compete with the likes of rival Volkswagen and wants to steer it upmarket, GM Europe chief Nick Reilly said on Tuesday.

Father accused of raping daughter over 34 years

Father accused of raping daughter over 34 years

A 69-year-old German man has been charged with nearly 500 counts of rape after it emerged he fathered three children with his own daughter over a period of 34 years at the family's home in Bavaria.

Classy glass from the past

Classy glass from the past

The Local’s series Made in Germany presents the best the country has to offer, including the transparently superior products from Jenaer Glas.

Debate flares on protecting remains of Hitler’s mountain retreat

Debate flares on protecting remains of Hitler’s mountain retreat

A debate has flared up about whether to protect what remains of Adolf Hitler's mountain retreat, known as the "Berghof", his favourite residence for more than 10 years until his suicide in a Berlin bunker in 1945.

Obama calls for action to solve euro crisis

Obama calls for action to solve euro crisis

US President Barack Obama increased the pressure on leading European nations including Germany to end the euro crisis, with a speech calling for decisive action to help the global economy.

Munich firm develops synthetic spider silk

Munich firm develops synthetic spider silk

Munich start-up company Amsilk claims it is the first to mass-produce synthetic spider silk, a challenge that has defeated several major corporations.

MPs to boycott Pope’s Bundestag speech

MPs to boycott Pope’s Bundestag speech

As preparations are finalised for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany at the end of the month, a number of MPs have declared they will boycott his speech to parliament.