Germany tries to block Palestine UNESCO bid

Germany tries to block Palestine UNESCO bid

Germany joined the United States and Israel on Monday in protesting Palestine’s acceptance as full member of the United Nations cultural organization UNESCO, sparking a foreign policy rift within the European Union.

Alice model sacked for Qaddafi praise

Alice model sacked for Qaddafi praise

The long-time face of the Germany's Alice phone company, Vanessa Hessler, has been sacked after she defended the family of late Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi and his son Mutassim, her former lover.

Munich named Germany’s fastest city

Munich named Germany’s fastest city

Munich’s motorists have the quickest commutes, a new survey revealed Monday. Düsseldorf, meanwhile, was deemed to have Germany's slowest transport network.

Masked men threaten footballer at home

Masked men threaten footballer at home

Five masked men broke into the home of Magdeburg footballer Daniel Bauer on Friday night and threatened him and his girlfriend if he didn’t improve his performance in Sunday’s regional league match against Halle.

Busted by police, drunken ‘Yoda’ is

Busted by police, drunken ‘Yoda’ is

German police called to a traffic incident were astonished to find themselves face-to-face with Jedi master Yoda from Star Wars, much the worse for wear after Halloween celebrations.

‘If the CDU loses in 2013, it will lose its identity’

‘If the CDU loses in 2013, it will lose its identity’

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives performed a dramatic U-turn this weekend by proposing a universal minimum wage in Germany. The Local’s media roundup explores the cause and implications of her party's leftward swerve.

Artist Anselm Kiefer to buy defunct power plant

Artist Anselm Kiefer to buy defunct power plant

German contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer is planning to snap up a mothballed atomic power plant in the belief that Germany's nuclear history should be preserved for future generations.

Three honoured with top environmental prize

Three honoured with top environmental prize

A father and son team which invented a low-emission combustion technology and the founder of a environmentally friendly office supplies firm are sharing Europe’s most lucrative prize for environmental innovation.

Corruption probe takes in ThyssenKrupp subsidiary

Corruption probe takes in ThyssenKrupp subsidiary

An investigation into corporate corruption allegations in Asia appears to have widened and now includes a subsidiary of German steel concern ThyssenKrupp.

Pakistan spied on Germans in Afghanistan

Pakistan spied on Germans in Afghanistan

Pakistan’s intelligence agency reportedly spied on German police officers working in Afghanistan, raising questions whether Pakistan is passing information on to the insurgent Taliban about security forces’ operations.

Schäuble calls for financial transaction tax

Schäuble calls for financial transaction tax

Eurozone members could introduce a financial transaction tax even if other EU countries were opposed, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told the Financial Times in an interview published Monday.