Berlin escaped May Day pipe-bomb bloodbath

Berlin escaped May Day pipe-bomb bloodbath

Berlin police revealed on Monday they had discovered several pipe bombs along the route of a leftist May Day demonstration in the Kreuzberg district of the German capital – which could have caused a bloodbath.

German Catholic school in rectal pill rights row

German Catholic school in rectal pill rights row

A German Catholic boys' school is fighting for the right to give its pupils suppositories, in the face of a city council report on the use of rectally-administered medication.

Discount giant Aldi ‘took government subsidies’

Discount giant Aldi ‘took government subsidies’

German discount supermarket giant Aldi, which has consistently made its owners the richest men in the country, has been taking government subsidies to train employees, it emerged at the weekend.

Opel to stop Astra production in Germany

Opel to stop Astra production in Germany

Production of Opel's key Astra model is to cease at the struggling German carmaker's Rüsselsheim plant, a newspaper reported on Sunday - in favour of cheaper labour in Poland and the UK.

‘European axis has to be readjusted’

‘European axis has to be readjusted’

Francois Hollande was elected French president on Sunday, denying Nicholas Sarkozy a second term and rattling the relationship between France and Germany. As The Local’s media roundup discovers, many predict a bumpy start to the new constellation.

Danes are kingmakers after German state vote

Danes are kingmakers after German state vote

Both of Germany's largest parties are vying for the attention of a Danish minority party to help them form a coalition government in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein after Sunday's tight election.

Police hunt sex offender who ‘walked out of clinic’

Police hunt sex offender who ‘walked out of clinic’

Police in Bavaria have launched a manhunt for a German sex offender who walked out of a hospital at the weekend, appealing to the public for help but warning he is considered dangerous.

‘Strongest German town’ in bus-pulling double

‘Strongest German town’ in bus-pulling double

The German Bus Pulling Championship crowned its winners on Sunday, with a small town near the Danish border taking both men’s and women’s titles, making it possibly the strongest place in the country.

‘Take Me To Your Umlauts!’ in English

‘Take Me To Your Umlauts!’ in English

After two books about his struggles in German - in German - American author David Bergmann has just published his first in English. "Take Me To Your Umlauts!" recounts the expat's linguistic adventures, he tells The Local.

Merkel makes nice to new French president

Merkel makes nice to new French president

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached out to new French President Francois Hollande on Sunday evening, inviting him to Berlin, despite having campaigned for his rival during the election campaign.