Outrage over ‘prime-time racism’ against Turks

Outrage over ‘prime-time racism’ against Turks

A Turkish newspaper and the Foreigners’ Advisory Council in the German state of Hesse have expressed outrage at a televised Karneval monologue that made several jokes at the expense of Turkish Germans.

German wins Empire State Building race – yet again

German wins Empire State Building race – yet again

German athlete Thomas Dold humiliated the competition once again this week in the race he loves the most – for the seventh year running, he climbed the 86 floors of the Empire State Building in New York City faster than anyone else.

Berlin defies EU over copyright deal

Berlin defies EU over copyright deal

Germany on Friday defied the European Union by refusing to sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), meant to unify copyright law internationally. Massive anti-ACTA protests are planned for Saturday.

Merkel’s French connection

Merkel’s French connection

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is running for re-election – in France. The Local’s Marc Young takes a closer look at the “Merkozy” phenomenon.

Shooter of US airmen in Frankfurt gets life

Shooter of US airmen in Frankfurt gets life

A German court handed down a life sentence Friday to a man who has confessed to killing two US soldiers at Frankfurt airport in what has been called Germany's first deadly jihadist attack.

Germans don’t trust Greece to tighten belt

Germans don’t trust Greece to tighten belt

Two thirds of Germans voiced doubt in a poll published Friday that heavily-indebted Greece is serious in its commitment to pare down its spending in order to receive a bailout and avoid bankruptcy.

Teen smoking plunges

Teen smoking plunges

The number of teenage smokers in Germany has been halved in the past decade, with less than 12 percent of 12 to 17-year-olds lit up regularly in 2011 according to governmental research published on Friday.

Transsexual child could be sent to mental ward

Transsexual child could be sent to mental ward

Transgender rights activists have taken up the cause of an 11-year-old transsexual child who wants hormone treatment to grow up as a girl but faces being sent to a psychiatric institution by Berlin authorities.

Family dies off Egyptian coast in boat wreck

Family dies off Egyptian coast in boat wreck

A German couple and their nine-year-old son drowned off the Red Sea coast of Egyptian holiday resort Hurghada on Thursday, after their glass-bottomed boat hit a coral reef and splintered.

Germany backs new UN mission to Syria

Germany backs new UN mission to Syria

Germany has backed a proposed joint Arab League-UN mission to monitor the Syrian government's deadly crackdown on protests, but other major powers were more cautious.

Germany’s best actors

Germany’s best actors

As the Berlin gears up for the glittering Berlinale film festival, The Local List this week is dedicated to the best actors and actresses Germany has had to offer.