Young men launch pro-circumcision petition

Young men launch pro-circumcision petition

Two young Jewish men and a Muslim man from Berlin have united to launch a joint petition against a German court's recent decision criminalise non-medical circumcision.

CNN mix-up crowns Whitney drag act

CNN mix-up crowns Whitney drag act

A male Berlin-based Whitney Houston impersonator says he has never been so busy – thanks to a mix-up which saw broadcaster CNN use a photograph of him within a series of pictures of the dead singer.

‘Diesel dine-and-dash’ on the rise

‘Diesel dine-and-dash’ on the rise

More German motorists than ever before are filling up at petrol stations and driving off without paying, a recent study revealed. In 2011 alone there were 85,000 thefts reported – and the majority of culprits were men.

Organ transplant scandal suspicions ‘date to 1990s’

Organ transplant scandal suspicions ‘date to 1990s’

The donor organ waiting list scandal unfolding in a German hospital, where it seem doctors changed medical records to push patients up the lists, could date back nearly 20 years, it emerged on Monday.

Mud Olympics shows gold where there’s muck

Mud Olympics shows gold where there’s muck

Hundreds of Germany's dirtiest athletes gathered on the banks of the North Sea on Sunday for the Mud Olympics, where competitors squelched around to raise money for a counselling service for cancer patients.

US, German finance ministers ‘confident’

US, German finance ministers ‘confident’

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Monday they were confident Europe could overcome its debt woes.

Lack of medals in London ‘a false start’

Lack of medals in London ‘a false start’

"Even the Kazakhs are laughing at us," the Bild mass circulation newspaper screamed on its front page under an Olympics medal table showing sporting powerhouse Germany with nothing to show for its efforts.

Germans ‘probe possible KKK link’ in cop killing

Germans ‘probe possible KKK link’ in cop killing

German authorities are said to be investigating a potential link between a former Ku Klux Klan-member police officer, and a neo-Nazi terror group in the killing of a German policewoman. Hers was the last in a string of ten killings.

Syrian charged with spying from embassy

Syrian charged with spying from embassy

German prosecutors have charged a man employed at Syria’s embassy in Berlin with spying. He allegedly passed information about dissidents living in Germany to the Assad regime.

‘The euro is still a brilliant notion’

‘The euro is still a brilliant notion’

In the first instalment of The Local’s exclusive interview with US Ambassador Philip Murphy, America’s top diplomat in Germany stresses the need for a European growth agenda to help stem the euro crisis.