Victims’ groups slam prisoner ‘time out’ plans

Victims’ groups slam prisoner ‘time out’ plans

Victims' rights organisations and a police union sharply attacked a plan backed by 10 German states to allow prisoners convicted of dangerous crimes to apply for "holidays" after just five years in jail rather than the current 10.

Investment firm ‘buys 22,000 German flats’

Investment firm ‘buys 22,000 German flats’

A notoriously aggressive American investment company, attracted to the German market by rising prices, is spending nearly €1 billion on more than 22,000 flats across Germany, the Financial Times Deutschland reported Tuesday.

Would you park your car for a free bus ride?

Would you park your car for a free bus ride?

After petrol prices hit record highs and traffic jams snaked across Germany this Easter, Leipzig made its public transport free for four days this week, but will it get more people out of their cars in the long run? Have your say.

Minister calls for crazed cyclists crack-down

Minister calls for crazed cyclists crack-down

"Aggressive cyclists" have come under fire from Germany's Transport Minister, who called Tuesday for a tougher course of action against bad behaviour on the roads.

Bee rustlers cause a buzz after two stings

Bee rustlers cause a buzz after two stings

Police are warning that specialist bee rustlers are buzzing around in the Lower Saxony region, after two entire hives were stolen, complete with thousands of bees.

Free public transport in Leipzig to combat cars

Free public transport in Leipzig to combat cars

The eastern German city of Leipzig began a four-day offer of free public transport to drivers Tuesday in a bid to get them out of their cars for good.

Grandpa forgets girl locked in car boot

Grandpa forgets girl locked in car boot

A German grandfather was so distracted by a beauty spot that he left his nine-year-old granddaughter locked in the boot of his car and went for a walk.

‘Right motive but wrong tone’ Grass splits critics

‘Right motive but wrong tone’ Grass splits critics

German writer and Nobel laureate Günter Grass has been banned from Israel over his latest poem. But as The Local’s media roundup finds, pundits are split over whether what he said was justifiable or not.

Pirates take wind out of Greens’ sails

Pirates take wind out of Greens’ sails

Germany’s nascent Pirate Party has overtaken the Greens to become the nation's third strongest political force, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

Healthcare to produce 70,000 jobs in 2012

Healthcare to produce 70,000 jobs in 2012

The healthcare industry could create tens of thousands of new jobs this year, the German Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry said in a report published on Tuesday.