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German beach bums: naked, wet and friendly

It’s enough to make some choke on their choc ice – a new survey shows that not only are plenty of Germans happy to go naked on the beach, a worryingly high proportion may even try to strike up conversation with other holidaymakers.

First singer of Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ dies

First singer of Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ dies

German baritone singer Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, hailed as one of the greatest lyrical vocalists of the last century, has died at the age of 86, a close associate said on Friday.

Women’s football misses major viewing goals

Women’s football misses major viewing goals

The European Champions League final was decided in Munich on Thursday, with a German team losing 2-0 to a French team. But even though it was broadcast live on television most people missed it – because it was women’s football.

Merkel’s flash of steel excites and dismays

Merkel’s flash of steel excites and dismays

German Chancellor Angela Merkel left her conservative party somewhat shell-shocked with her merciless sacking of a minister for a terrible regional election result that weakened her domestically as she fights the euro crisis.

Three die in fireball car crash

Three die in fireball car crash

Three people were burned to death in central Germany when their car hit a bridge, flipped over and caught fire on Thursday evening.

Ten greatest German Hollywood villains

Ten greatest German Hollywood villains

Ah, there you are Mr Local Reader, how nice of you to... drop in. This week’s Local List turns the spotlight – sorry, the megawatt interrogation lamp – on Germany’s cold-blooded coterie of Hollywood film villains.

Some sex abusers ‘should work in church’

Some sex abusers ‘should work in church’

Some sex abusers should continue to work for the Catholic church, a bishop said on Thursday, while a cardinal argued for some homosexual relationships to be treated like heterosexual ones.

What’s on in Germany:  May 17 – 23

What’s on in Germany: May 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: Open-air cinema in Berlin, a museum festival in Cologne, and a festival of Irish culture in Hallbergmoos.

Merkel ally: ‘Eurozone could handle Greek exit’

Merkel ally: ‘Eurozone could handle Greek exit’

The eurozone could absorb a Greek exit from the bloc, although it would prove extremely costly, a top member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners said on Friday.

‘You can’t bring that axe on a plane’ politician told

‘You can’t bring that axe on a plane’ politician told

A German politician not only had the embarrassment of being stopped trying to board a plane carrying an axe – he then had to admit it was for a live role-playing game, but insisted it was for a friend.

EU agrees on growth and austerity mix ahead of G8

EU agrees on growth and austerity mix ahead of G8

The leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Italy and senior EU officials agreed Thursday that both budget consolidation and growth are necessary to tackle the eurozone crisis, Berlin said.