Widow loses pension after 17-day marriage

Widow loses pension after 17-day marriage

A court denied a woman a widow's pension Wednesday because her husband died of cancer after only 17 days of marriage. The court said it could only make exceptions in the case of accidents.

Top German emigration destinations: US and Switzerland

Top German emigration destinations: US and Switzerland

While many Germans complain of immigrants arriving and drawing on the social security system, tens of thousands of Germans also emigrate every year looking for wealth, as new statistics show.

More seniors addicted to drugs and alcohol

More seniors addicted to drugs and alcohol

Hundreds of thousands of German senior citizens are dependent on drugs or alcohol and authorities worry the number is only increasing.

Carmakers ready for record year

Carmakers ready for record year

Despite doom and gloom in many business sectors, German car manufacturers think 2012 could be a banner year, especially in the United States.

More Germans forced into early retirement

More Germans forced into early retirement

New statistics published Wednesday revealed that half of Germans retiring in 2010 had to take their pensions early, raising concerns of increasing old age poverty.

State invests millions in revamping Nazi retreat

State invests millions in revamping Nazi retreat

Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia state is investing millions of euros in a plan to turn a former elite school for Nazi children into a popular tourist attraction.

Floridians want more naked Germans to visit

Floridians want more naked Germans to visit

Pandabare, a nudist community in western Florida, United States, has won an advertising grant to tempt German nudists to try stripping off stateside.

Heavy metal band claims German Ebay ripoff

Heavy metal band claims German Ebay ripoff

A member of the well-known American heavy metal band Mastodon has claimed that a German boy ripped him off in an eBay internet scam.

Berlin politician attacked in own home

Berlin politician attacked in own home

A Berlin local politician active in the Syrian opposition was attacked by two men in his home, police said Tuesday, in a case the German foreign ministry said it was following closely.

The Local’s top five animal stories of 2011

The Local’s top five animal stories of 2011

Animals are always amusing, with their funny wet noses and their general gullibility, and no-one loves animal celebrities as much as the Germans, so we collected the year's big animal stories. What was that bear called again?