School child rapist jailed for six-and-a-half years

School child rapist jailed for six-and-a-half years

A man who broke into a Berlin primary school and raped an eight-year-old girl after threatening her with a knife and locking her in the toilet was jailed for more than six years on Friday.

Top cop ‘set to resign over Belarus contacts’

Top cop ‘set to resign over Belarus contacts’

The president of Germany's federal police force is set to resign, a newspaper reported on Friday. This would mean the heads of four German security authorities have rolled in recent weeks.

Student shatters Lake Constance glass ban

Student shatters Lake Constance glass ban

A German student has become a hero for picnickers and beer drinkers on the shores of Lake Constance after shattering a ban on glass bottles imposed by local authorities last year.

Fugitive Sea Shepherd activist wanted in Japan

Fugitive Sea Shepherd activist wanted in Japan

Japan on Friday confirmed that it had asked Berlin to arrest and extradite Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson a few days before the marine conservationist jumped bail and fled Germany.

Germany will get 15 golds, say scientists

Germany will get 15 golds, say scientists

No need to watch the Olympics - Germany's athletes will get 15 golds, 19 silvers and 20 bronzes, and a solid fifth in the medals table, a sports research institute has predicted. The Local checks out the medal hopes.

Volkswagen-Fiat fight changes up a gear

Volkswagen-Fiat fight changes up a gear

A fight exploded this week between German auto giant Volkswagen and Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne after he said VW's low prices were wrecking the industry – and VW called for his removal from head of the European car lobby.

Maybe not so clever – Marlboro pulls adverts

Maybe not so clever – Marlboro pulls adverts

Tobacco giant Philip Morris has pulled a series of adverts for Marlboro cigarettes which have adorned bus stops and walls across Germany, after authorities complained they were aimed at young people.

Thalidomide makers ‘ignored defect warnings’

Thalidomide makers ‘ignored defect warnings’

The German makers of thalidomide knew about birth defects years before it was withdrawn, yet Australian distributors used pregnant women as test subjects, court papers based on newly released documents alleged on Friday.

Missing man found in freight train wreck

Missing man found in freight train wreck

Rescue workers on Friday afternoon found the body of a railway worker who was buried in the wreckage of a train collision in eastern Germany. He was thought to have been inside a signal box building destroyed by three carriages full of gravel.

Ten German Olympic moments

Ten German Olympic moments

With the excitement about to bubble over into a volcano of sport in London, we dive into the lava with a special Local List of Germany's most memorable Olympic moments. Some tragic, some triumphant, some just terrific.