Frederick the Great’s 300th birthday nears

Frederick the Great’s 300th birthday nears

Warrior, patron of the arts and all-powerful King of Prussia, Frederick the Great captured Germany’s imagination after ascending to the throne in 1740. As his 300th birthday on January 24 approaches, the country is preparing to celebrate.

Wulff silent as calls to resign multiply

Wulff silent as calls to resign multiply

President Christian Wulff hosted what was reportedly a tense New Year’s reception on Thursday, as the first open calls for his resignation came from members of parliament in his own political party.

‘We need a real leader – like Willy Brandt’

‘We need a real leader – like Willy Brandt’

As politicians pile pressure on embattled President Wulff, The Local hit the streets to see what normal Berliners have to say about their head of state, for the latest edition in the Zeitgeist series.

Union: Allianz forced protest cancellation

Union: Allianz forced protest cancellation

Germany’s biggest trade union has accused insurance giant Allianz of making a multi-million euro payment to help laid-off workers conditional on the union calling off a protest rally.

Court acquits teacher who seduced teen

Court acquits teacher who seduced teen

A teacher who seduced a 14-year-old schoolgirl and had sex with her at least 22 times has escaped punishment after a German court ruled that as he did not teach her class, he had not abused his position.

One woman tackles neo-Nazi graffiti

One woman tackles neo-Nazi graffiti

While the recently-discovered Neo-Nazi murders dominated the German media for weeks, the drip, drip, drip of xenophobic graffiti rarely gets much attention. AFP’s Deborah Cole meets a woman tackling it personally.

What’s on in Germany: January 12 – 18

What’s on in Germany: January 12 – 18

This Week's Highlights: Greek gods in Cologne, short films from Britain in Berlin and gallery openings in Leipzig.

Man who shot prosecutor only faced mild sentence

Man who shot prosecutor only faced mild sentence

The businessman who shot dead a prosecutor in court in Bavaria, would have walked out a free man had he not fired a gun at the judge and then turned on the prosecutor.

Banks test touch-free payment cards

Banks test touch-free payment cards

Germany’s Sparkasse group of banks is testing a new touch-free payment system that promises to revolutionise the way regular people do their everyday shopping.

Doctors: law must cover breast implants

Doctors: law must cover breast implants

Germany’s doctors are calling for tighter laws on medical products after it was revealed that at least 25 women in the country had burst breast implants – and an unknown number will have to have theirs removed.

Internet users ‘should check for blackout virus’

Internet users ‘should check for blackout virus’

The German government says all internet users should check their computers for a virus which could stop them going online from March 8.