Merkel pledges more EU sanctions against Syria

Merkel pledges more EU sanctions against Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday the EU backs the Arab League's "firm stance" on Syria and will support it through further sanctions, ahead of talks with the head of the pan-Arab body.

Six little pigs find new mum – a bulldog

Six little pigs find new mum – a bulldog

A French bulldog has adopted a newborn litter of six German wild boars after they were found cold and starving in the woods, their mother possibly killed by hunters.

Handyman finds secret gold stash in kitchen

Handyman finds secret gold stash in kitchen

A German handyman renovating the kitchen of a woman who had recently died, opened what he thought was a bag of rubbish to find coins and gold bars worth at least €100,000.

Judges: Get professors out of poorhouse

Judges: Get professors out of poorhouse

Professors across Germany could get major pay raises after the Federal Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday that the basic salary agreement reached in Hesse state was unconstitutionally low.

Investor confidence tops 10-month high

Investor confidence tops 10-month high

German investor confidence hit a 10-month high in February amid optimism Europe's top economy will be able to escape from the eurozone crisis relatively unscathed, data showed on Tuesday.

How East German misfits found freedom

How East German misfits found freedom

In the suffocating atmosphere that was East Germany, a whole range of misfits managed to find air to breathe and now, two decades after the Berlin Wall's fall, new films are putting communism's outsiders in focus. AFP's Eloi Rouyer reports.

OECD sees German growth slowing in 2012

OECD sees German growth slowing in 2012

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has predicted that Germany, Europe's top economy, will grow by 0.4 percent this year, the Economy Ministry in Berlin said on Tuesday.

How to get dumped in Deutschland

How to get dumped in Deutschland

On this Valentine's Day, we at The Local are romantics and hope our readers enjoy the sweet taste of chocolate. But for those of you in whom February 14th induces a rash of unromantic cynicism, here's some advice on jettisoning your German.

Rhineland autobahn fire causes pile-up, kills one

Rhineland autobahn fire causes pile-up, kills one

One person was killed in a motorway pile-up between Düsseldorf and Cologne on Tuesday morning when smoke from a fire caused seven trucks and 15 cars to crash. The fire left a bridge unsafe, delaying the clear-up operation.

Berlin chops down Unter den Linden lime trees

Berlin chops down Unter den Linden lime trees

Some of Germany’s most famous trees, the limes along Berlin’s central boulevard Unter den Linden, were chopped down on Monday to enable construction of an underground train line.

German man refuses to leave Swedish airport

German man refuses to leave Swedish airport

A German man has been living at a Swedish airport for two months – he says he has no wish to return home and nowhere to go in Sweden.

Thousands block neo-Nazis in Dresden

Thousands block neo-Nazis in Dresden

At least 13,000 people formed a human chain through the centre of Dresden on Monday evening despite subzero temperatures to mark the 67th anniversary of the city’s allied bombardment – and to block a neo-Nazi march.