‘Nazi ideology is filled with terrorist spirit’

‘Nazi ideology is filled with terrorist spirit’

A former neo-Nazi tells The Local how he broke out of extremism, describes violence in the far-right scene and offers his view of the latest revelations about neo-Nazi terrorism in Germany.

Mike Leigh to head Berlinale jury

Mike Leigh to head Berlinale jury

British film director Mike Leigh will be jury president at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February, organizers announced Friday.

Pool named after Spaghetti Western hero Bud Spencer

Pool named after Spaghetti Western hero Bud Spencer

The city of Schwäbisch Gmünd in Baden-Württemberg has officially named a swimming pool after Spaghetti Western film actor Bud Spencer after rejecting an elaborate internet campaign to name a nearby tunnel after him.

Fox carcass discovery closes restaurant

Fox carcass discovery closes restaurant

Health inspectors have shut down a Vietnamese restaurant in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt after they found a fox carcass there, apparently ready to be eaten or served to customers.

ThyssenKrupp books huge stainless steel hit

ThyssenKrupp books huge stainless steel hit

German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp said Friday it booked heavy losses in its business year just ended owing to massive €2.9 billion ($3.9 billion) in writedowns on its US and stainless steel businesses.

‘Dumbest bank robber’ jailed for seven years

‘Dumbest bank robber’ jailed for seven years

A man who tried to hold up a bank that closed 17 years ago has been jailed for seven years, a court said, in what the Bild daily called Friday the case of "Germany's dumbest bank robber."

Digging up artistic Berlin

Digging up artistic Berlin

Is Berlin really the artistic utopia everyone says? In a new series, The Local's Ben Knight talks to artists who have moved to Germany’s capital to channel the city’s muse. American artist Erik Smith found inspiration in the city's soil.

Germany ‘more corrupt than thought’

Germany ‘more corrupt than thought’

Though a new survey of perceptions of corruption in countries around the world rates Germany rather well – 14th out of 183 countries – anti-graft group Transparency International says country still has much work to do.

Merkel: Germany wants ‘fiscal union’ for euro

Merkel: Germany wants ‘fiscal union’ for euro

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Germany will push for a 'fiscal union' to impose tough budgetary discipline on the debt-ravaged eurozone as European nations move towards greater integration.

Detentions had ‘chilling effect’ on G8 protests

Detentions had ‘chilling effect’ on G8 protests

Two German anti-globalisation protesters detained for five days in 2007 to prevent them from demonstrating against a G8 summit won a victory at the European Court of Human Rights on Thursday.

Elvis museum rocks quiet Düsseldorf

Elvis museum rocks quiet Düsseldorf

The biggest Elvis museum outside the United States opened in Düsseldorf this week, with exhibits including a guitar he bought while on military service in Germany – and practised on so he could go back to playing on his return home.

Mum accused of throwing baby in bin

Mum accused of throwing baby in bin

The mother of a baby boy found dead in a Berlin rubbish bin has been arrested and charged with manslaughter. She stands accused of suffocating the newborn and throwing the body away, police said.