Unions call nationwide strikes on Monday

Unions call nationwide strikes on Monday

Germany is bracing for a series of public worker strikes Monday, following repeated walk-outs the Frankfurt airport and Berlin’s Tegel airport.

US soldiers ‘ripped off’ by airport phones

US soldiers ‘ripped off’ by airport phones

Complaints are mounting against a company operating payphones for US military personnel in German airports, after it saddled soldiers ringing home with sky-high bills.

‘Budget’ rail company takes on Deutsche Bahn

‘Budget’ rail company takes on Deutsche Bahn

Touting its new high-speed, low cost trains, a private company is ready to take on the Deutsche Bahn on the busy Cologne-Berlin route and should be hitting the tracks in early autumn, it was announced this week.

Exodus deprives state of voting district

Exodus deprives state of voting district

In yet another sign that people are leaving the economically troubled northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the Bundestag decided Friday to reduce its number of electoral constituencies.

Costa captain ’caused 2010 German accident’

Costa captain ’caused 2010 German accident’

The captain of ill-fated Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia had crashed a luxury liner before while sailing too fast into a German port, according to leaks from an investigation published on Friday.

Bank gives €200 million to man by mistake

Bank gives €200 million to man by mistake

A west-German man became an overnight multi-millionaire recently when his bank transferred €200 million to his account. Half a day later they demanded it back – with interest.

At least four dead in light aircraft crash

At least four dead in light aircraft crash

At least four people were killed when a light aircraft burst into flames and crashed in a forest in western Germany on Thursday evening. The cause remains unclear, police said.

Ground workers strike at Berlin’s Tegel airport

Ground workers strike at Berlin’s Tegel airport

Ground workers at Berlin's Tegel airport walked off the job on Friday morning, in a strike over pay.

Euro law ‘threatens’ volunteer fire fighters

Euro law ‘threatens’ volunteer fire fighters

Germany’s small towns and rural areas could be left at risk of fire by a European law which could stop more than a million volunteer fire fighters training enough to keep people safe.

Tiny chameleon could be big for conservation

Tiny chameleon could be big for conservation

News that German scientists discovered the world’s smallest chameleon recently captured the imagination of animal lovers around the world. But one of the researchers told The Local the find was a wakeup call.