Gas company sends man €30,000 bill

Gas company sends man €30,000 bill

A Berlin man living on state benefits couldn’t believe his eyes when he received a bill for hot water and cooking gas for nearly €30,000.

Thousands warned about French breast implants

Thousands warned about French breast implants

The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) has advised thousands of German women to seek doctors’ advice about their breast implants, following a French health ministry warning.

Blackberry ‘reprieve’ for tired employees

Blackberry ‘reprieve’ for tired employees

Are you fed up with your Blackberry because it effectively puts you on call for your employer 24/7? Are you a slave to its blinking red light and the vibrating alarm that tells you you have a new email?

‘The right speech at the wrong time’

‘The right speech at the wrong time’

German President Christian Wulff gave a public apology Thursday for the personal finance scandal that has hounded him. But as The Local’s media roundup finds, most pundits think the speech was too little too late.

‘Tis the season for severe traffic jams

‘Tis the season for severe traffic jams

Motorists association ADAC has warned of serious traffic jams that could cause hundreds of kilometres of tailbacks on Friday and into Saturday as Germans begin their Christmas holidays.

Justice minister’s dog bites woman

Justice minister’s dog bites woman

Germany’s top legal figure has her own troubles with the law. Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger must appear in a Munich court in January to face claims that her dog bit a woman in the hand.

Deutsche Börse must sell holdings for merger

Deutsche Börse must sell holdings for merger

The US Justice Department has declared that Deutsche Börse must sell its stake in smaller exchange operator to gain approval for its merger with the New York Stock Exchange.

Talking to self not evidence, court rules

Talking to self not evidence, court rules

Germany’s highest court has ruled that an overheard soliloquy cannot be used as evidence against a suspect, meaning that a two-year-old murder case will have to be re-tried.

Berlin summons Syrian ambassador

Berlin summons Syrian ambassador

Germany's foreign ministry said Thursday it had summoned Syria's ambassador to Berlin to demand an immediate halt to the "brutal" repression of anti-regime demonstrators by government forces.