Oktoberfest boss attacks boozing and music

Oktoberfest boss attacks boozing and music

Changes are afoot for Munich’s legendary Oktoberfest, as a plan to crack down on binge-drinking, loud live music and endless queuing for seats will be examined by the city council.

‘Is it my looks?’ Parent parrots kick out Nelson

‘Is it my looks?’ Parent parrots kick out Nelson

In what could turn out to be a canny career move, Nelson the baby parrot at Leipzig Zoo, dubbed Germany's ugliest bird, has been rejected by his mother, paving the way for what could be a Knut-esque career in the limelight.

East German prison labour claims spread

East German prison labour claims spread

East German political prisoners were not only making furniture for Ikea but also sewing bedclothes for West German companies such as Quelle and Neckermann, according to new claims in Friday's Handelsblatt newspaper.

Germany in grip of ‘sexual evolution’

Germany in grip of ‘sexual evolution’

Germany is in the midst of sexual evolution, according to futurologists who say ideas about relationships are being rethought – and the internet is helping people to design their sex lives as they like.

Third of Germans want total Euro 2012 boycott

Third of Germans want total Euro 2012 boycott

A third of Germans want their football team to boycott the football European Championships in Poland and Ukraine in protest at the treatment of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Man keeps interest from €200 million bank error

Man keeps interest from €200 million bank error

A German man whose bank mistakenly gave him €200 million has been told he can keep the €12,000 interest earned while it was “resting in his account” overnight.

Students find rare Roman temple on practice dig

Students find rare Roman temple on practice dig

Archaeology students got a taste of the real thing during a digging lesson, when they stumbled upon what was this week confirmed to be a Roman temple – in an area not previously thought to have been populated.

Merkel ‘will compromise’ if Hollande wins France

Merkel ‘will compromise’ if Hollande wins France

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is unlikely to budge from her strict austerity course if France elects Socialist front-runner Francois Hollande on Sunday, though analysts say she'll have to compromise on a few new growth measures.

Funniest mistakes the English make in German

Funniest mistakes the English make in German

In this week's Local List we turn the tables on Anglophone expats, and guffaw heartily at their embarrassing faux-pas as they negotiate the pitfalls of what Mark Twain famously called "The Awful German Language." Is it hot to you?

World Press Photo 2012 winners reach Hamburg

World Press Photo 2012 winners reach Hamburg

The world's most striking press images go on display in Hamburg, northern Germany on Friday, when the World Press Photo 2012 exhibition opens its doors to visitors.