Merkel and Sarkozy call for new euro pact

Merkel and Sarkozy call for new euro pact

France and Germany want a new EU treaty by March with tougher budgetary rules to deal with the eurozone debt crisis, President Nicolas Sarkozy and Chancellor Angela Merkel said after crisis talks Monday.

Snowfall blankets mountains

Snowfall blankets mountains

The dry November weather in Germany is quickly becoming a distant memory, as the first snowfall of winter settles in the mountains. Elsewhere across the country, considerable rain and strong winds have been forecast.

Slave girl told: ‘We’ll cut off your head if you run’

Slave girl told: ‘We’ll cut off your head if you run’

A German couple was jailed on Monday for keeping a young woman as a household slave for almost a year, beating her, keeping her prisoner – and threatening to cut off her head if she tried to escape.

Increasing income gap ‘due to poor education’

Increasing income gap ‘due to poor education’

The gap between rich and poor in Germany is widening dramatically, a new OECD report says, warning that investment in education and training were key to fighting inequality.

A truly international education at the heart of Berlin
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A truly international education at the heart of Berlin

If you want to study, but dread the bureaucracy and red tape of a traditional academic institution, and fancy a spell in one of Europe’s most dynamic cities at the same time, the ECLA in Berlin could be just the place for you.

Elderly raided for WWII massacre in France

Elderly raided for WWII massacre in France

German authorities said on Monday they had raided the homes of six men suspected of taking part in the Nazi massacre of 642 mainly women and children in a French village in 1944.

Top ten German customs and traditions

Top ten German customs and traditions

Germany may bear similarities to many other Western countries, but below the surface you’ll find a cornucopia of mad customs. For this edition of The Local List, we count down our favourite national quirks.

German football seeks new president

German football seeks new president

German football has launched a bad-tempered search for a new boss after the shock resignation of the DFB football association president with a meeting to discuss the options set for this week.

Neo-Nazi killers sold fascist ‘Monopoly’

Neo-Nazi killers sold fascist ‘Monopoly’

The members of the extreme-right terrorist cell suspected of slaying at least 10 people in Germany between 2000 and 2010 sold a neo-Nazi version of the board game 'Monopoly' in order to finance their murderous activities, authorities said.

Mulled wine sales collapse in warm weather

Mulled wine sales collapse in warm weather

Germans are drinking less mulled wine than usual, with unseasonably warm weather this autumn cutting consumption by nearly 20 percent – enough to fill a 25-metre swimming pool.

SPD puts off picking chancellor candidate

SPD puts off picking chancellor candidate

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) has sentenced itself to another year of unofficial wrangling for the top job of challenging Chancellor Angela Merkel in the 2013 election.

Afghan conference starts in Bonn without Pakistan

Afghan conference starts in Bonn without Pakistan

The Bonn conference on Afghanistan to seek a way forward after the withdrawal of NATO combat troops in 2014 brought around 100 national delegations and aid organisations together on Monday.