Bestiality brothels spur call for animal sex ban

Bestiality brothels spur call for animal sex ban

Animal sex abuse is on the rise in Germany, with bestiality brothels being set up across the country, according to a state animal protection officer demanding stronger laws to protect mankind's furry and feathered friends.

Hamburg sues over pricey, late concert hall

Hamburg sues over pricey, late concert hall

Hamburg city is suing the firm building its landmark new concert hall for going tens of millions of euros over-budget and being at least four years late.

Europe’s German agenda

Europe’s German agenda

As Europe continues to fumble its way through its debt crisis, can Germany’s reforms from a decade ago really serve as an example for the rest of the Continent? The Local’s Marc Young looks back to see an agenda for the future.

China doesn’t want to ‘buy Europe’

China doesn’t want to ‘buy Europe’

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel wrapped up her visit to China on Friday, the Asian giant’s leaders promised they had no intention to "buy Europe," amid concerns over growing Chinese investment in debt-stricken eurozone economies.

Germany not responsible for Nazi-era crimes

Germany not responsible for Nazi-era crimes

The United Nations’ highest court declared Friday that modern day Germany isn’t responsible for Nazi war crimes in Italy, saying Rome breached international laws when its courts allowed compensation claims to be made.

Cake in the face for ‘Baron Cut-and-Paste’

Cake in the face for ‘Baron Cut-and-Paste’

Critics of disgraced former German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg hit him in the face with a big cake on Thursday night, while he was meeting a Pirate Party politician in a Berlin café.

Most Germans want president to resign

Most Germans want president to resign

Most Germans now want President Christian Wulff to resign, as the flow of allegations over his behaviour and investigations into his relationships with businesses continues to damage his credibility.

Thousands of US troops leaving Bavaria

Thousands of US troops leaving Bavaria

The American military will close two military bases in the German state of Bavaria by 2015 as part of a planned drawdown of forces stationed in Europe.

Judge jails wrong-way crash driver indefinitely

Judge jails wrong-way crash driver indefinitely

Public transport fare dodging an ‘epidemic’

Public transport fare dodging an ‘epidemic’

An alliance of public transportation providers in Germany has called fare dodging a national epidemic and is demanding higher fines up to €120 for repeat offenders.

Should fines rise for fare dodgers?

Should fines rise for fare dodgers?

Germany’s public transportation largely operates on the honour system, which makes fare dodging easy. Should fines be raised for freeloaders riding without a valid ticket? Have your say.