Pope pleases Muslims, disappoints Protestants

Pope pleases Muslims, disappoints Protestants

Pope Benedict XVI met representatives of the German Muslim community on Friday before leaving Berlin to head for the heart of Lutheranism.

Tobacco industry opposes greater warnings despite increased sales

Tobacco industry opposes greater warnings despite increased sales

Tobacco executives are worried about requirements for more warnings on cigarettes as well as higher tax rates and a growing amount of black market tobacco, all things they say will eat into revenue.

Twittering tree nurtures online nature lovers

Twittering tree nurtures online nature lovers

Gone are the days when magical trees simply guarded the little woodland creatures and made sure all was well in the forest – there is an oak in Germany which is online, twittering to its followers and competing for Facebook friends.

Germany rejects carbon dioxide storage plans

Germany rejects carbon dioxide storage plans

Germany’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, has knocked down a proposal to start storing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide underground in a bid to reduce emissions.

Most Germans oppose increased euro bail-out

Most Germans oppose increased euro bail-out

As their politicians prepare for next Thursday’s parliamentary vote on extending the euro rescue fund, a survey has found that a clear majority of Germans do not want them to decide in favour.

‘The MPs who didn’t come have missed out’

‘The MPs who didn’t come have missed out’

Benedict XVI’s address to the German parliament made waves before he had even set foot in the Reichstag building. The Local’s media roundup assess the impact.

Stuttgart 21 rail project costs expected to surge

Stuttgart 21 rail project costs expected to surge

As key players in the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project prepare to meet on Friday, two newspapers are reporting the final price tag may be €370 million more than expected.

Man jailed for seven years for having sex with daughters

Man jailed for seven years for having sex with daughters

A 46-year-old Bavarian man was sentenced to seven years and two months in prison after being convicted of having sex with his two daughters over a period of years.

Germany, allies storm out on Ahmadinejad rant

Germany, allies storm out on Ahmadinejad rant

Germany and its US and European allies stormed out of the United Nations’ General Assembly Thursday when Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched an attack on Western nations and cast doubt on the Holocaust.

Pope urges faith in Church at Berlin mass

Pope urges faith in Church at Berlin mass

During a sometimes emotional mass at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium Thursday evening, Pope Benedict XVI called on Germans to stand together with the Catholic Church despite recent scandal and controversy.