Germany will fight to keep total GM food ban

Germany will fight to keep total GM food ban

Germany’s consumer minister has vowed to fight European moves to relax its current zero-tolerance stance towards genetically modified food.

Blotto binman drove at ten times booze limit

Blotto binman drove at ten times booze limit

A blotto binman managed to do half his round while nearly ten times the driving alcohol limit – before parking up and collapsing on his rubbish truck’s steering wheel, German police confirmed on Monday.

Hells Angel under police guard after attack

Hells Angel under police guard after attack

The head of a Berlin Hells Angels gang is in an artificial coma in hospital - under 24-hour armed police guard after being shot six times on Sunday morning.

The Spanish bailout: fire fighting or faith-healing?

The Spanish bailout: fire fighting or faith-healing?

The Spanish government agreed a €100 billion eurozone bank bailout over the weekend. The Local’s media roundup looks at how newspapers interpreted the move - and its possible consequences for German taxpayers.

Push-me-pull-you rescue truck in tunnel service

Push-me-pull-you rescue truck in tunnel service

Faced with the problem of getting fire rescue trucks into tunnels – and then out again – a German firm has made a special push-me-pull-you vehicle with a cabin at each end.

OECD slams government day care payment plan

OECD slams government day care payment plan

The German scheme to pay money to parents who keep their young children at home rather than sending them to state-subsidised day care has been slammed by the OECD which says it could to more harm than good.

Minister could stumble over carpet affair

Minister could stumble over carpet affair

Development Minister Dirk Niebel is facing calls for his resignation after it emerged that he saved thousands of euros by getting the German foreign intelligence service to fly a carpet home from Afghanistan, avoiding import tax.

Germany welcomes Spain’s bid for help

Germany welcomes Spain’s bid for help

German central bank chief Jens Weidmann on Sunday welcomed Spain's decision to seek a eurozone lifeline of up to €100 billion for its stricken banks.

Army chief: We need more creches

Army chief: We need more creches

Germany's army, the Bundeswehr, aims to boost the number of its women soldiers from the current nine percent to 15 percent, its head told a Sunday newspaper.

Minister: No transaction tax before election

Minister: No transaction tax before election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will campaign for a disputed tax on financial markets at a key summit of the eurozone's four major powers later this month, her spokesman said on Monday.