Soldier gets probation for deadly gun accident

Soldier gets probation for deadly gun accident

A former Bundeswehr soldier who accidentally shot and killed a comrade has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and disobeying orders and sentenced to two years probation.

DAX boards took major pay increases last year

DAX boards took major pay increases last year

Germany’s top companies paid their supervisory boards better last year than the previous year, with the most generous rises approaching 40 percent – despite an average worker’s wage increasing by 1.6 percent over the same period.

A dual citizenship double standard in Germany

A dual citizenship double standard in Germany

As Germany this week marks a half century of mass Turkish immigration, The Local’s Marc Young explains why it’s time to end the country’s hypocritical stance towards dual citizenship.

Putin tried to stop Neuer’s move to Bayern

Putin tried to stop Neuer’s move to Bayern

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin tried to block Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's switch from Schalke 04 to Bavarian giants Bayern Munich, according to Royal Blues chairman Clemens Tönnies.

Big cuts in store for Bundeswehr

Big cuts in store for Bundeswehr

The German government announced the biggest cuts in its military since the end of World War Two on Wednesday, closing or significantly scaling down more than 100 of its 400 bases and cutting 15,000 soldiering jobs.

Germany marks first phone call anniversary – 15 years before Bell

Germany marks first phone call anniversary – 15 years before Bell

Move over, Alexander Graham Bell, Germany is marking the anniversary of the first phone call today – a century and a half after Johann Philipp Reis first transmitted a spoken sentence over a cable.

Bonn café stands up to Apple over trademark

Bonn café stands up to Apple over trademark

A café in Bonn called Apfelkind has become entangled in a legal fight with Apple over its logo, with the computing giant trying to block the café owner’s trademark application. The Local spoke with its owner Christin Römer.

Bundestag backs Merkel ahead of euro summit

Bundestag backs Merkel ahead of euro summit

The Bundestag has thrown its support behind German Chancellor Angela Merkel's plan to strengthen the eurozone's €440-billion fund as she heads to Brussels for a crunch EU summit on Europe's sovereign debt crisis.

Police arrest 13 in strike against international phishing gang

Police arrest 13 in strike against international phishing gang

Berlin police smashed an international computer “phishing” gang accused of stealing at least €1.3 million from at least 1,000 computers having taken details of people’s bank accounts and using them to transfer money.

Greens call for plastic bag levy to reduce use

Greens call for plastic bag levy to reduce use

The Greens are calling for a compulsory levy to be imposed on plastic shopping bags, in an attempt to copy Ireland where such a rule has reduced the number of such bags in use by 90 percent.

Germany looks back at 50 years of Turkish immigration

Germany looks back at 50 years of Turkish immigration

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the treaty bringing hundreds of thousands of Turkish "guest workers" to Germany, a move which dramatically altered the fabric of German society.

‘There’s no real mood for celebration’

‘There’s no real mood for celebration’

Nalan Arkat, general secretary of the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD), tells The Local why the 50th anniversary of the labour agreement between Germany and Turkey is a time for reflection, not celebration.