Historian wants ban on communist uniforms

Historian wants ban on communist uniforms

A prominent historian of communist East Germany and its Stasi secret police has called for a ban on the public display of communist era uniforms or insignia.

Government divided over phone data law

Government divided over phone data law

The German government is riven over whether telecom companies should be allowed to keep customers' data indefinitely. Critics say easier police access to data could have helped solve recently-revealed Neo-nazi murders.

Top court to decide if ‘organic water’ exists

Top court to decide if ‘organic water’ exists

An ongoing legal struggle over whether the label Biomineralwasser, "organic mineral water," misleads consumers will go all the way to Germany's top court, it emerged Tuesday.

Mail order mogul Werner Otto dies at 102

Mail order mogul Werner Otto dies at 102

Werner Otto, a German trailblazer in the mail order catalogue business, whose Otto Group grew from selling a small range of shoes into an international retail and services venture, has died aged 102, his group said Tuesday.

Books most popular gift this Christmas

Books most popular gift this Christmas

Despite Germany’s supposedly increasing tech-savvy, the most common Christmas gift given this year was an old staple: the book.

Hackers could hijack mobile phones

Hackers could hijack mobile phones

A tech expert has figured out a way that hackers could take control of mobile phones and make calls or send out unlimited numbers of text messages.

Germany has ‘mildest Christmas in decades’

Germany has ‘mildest Christmas in decades’

Germany experienced a Christmas holiday with some of the mildest weather seen in decades, according to meteorologists.

Girl missing after cliff fall

Girl missing after cliff fall

Rescue workers are searching for a 10-year-old girl who is missing after a large piece of chalk cliff slipped into the Baltic Sea from the German island of Rügen on Monday.

The Local’s top five offbeat stories of 2011

The Local’s top five offbeat stories of 2011

After a huge year for dramatic news, The Local has collected together five stories from our 2011 ‘Offbeat’ archive that may have slipped through your news filter.

Top UN envoy stays optimistic on Iraq

Top UN envoy stays optimistic on Iraq

The United Nations' top envoy in Iraq, German diplomat Martin Kobler, does not expect civil war to break out in the country, he was quoted as saying on Monday.