Olympic targets revealed – and missed by a mile

Olympic targets revealed – and missed by a mile

The German Interior Ministry has admitted that Germany has missed its medal targets for the Olympic Games in London by a long way, after finally releasing the sports federations' aims following an unseemly legal fight.

Merkel shows deadpan comic genius

Merkel shows deadpan comic genius

Chancellor Angela Merkel has revealed what could be described as deadpan comedy genius. Either that or her answers to a string of non-political questions showed an almost complete refusal to offer any insight into her personality.

Do not tattoo your pony, court tells German man

Do not tattoo your pony, court tells German man

A German man has been banned from tattooing a 15-centimetre Rolling Stones “tongue” logo onto his pony. He had planned to use it as an advert for a pet tattoo business.

Woman must pay €40 for electrician’s 40-metre trip

Woman must pay €40 for electrician’s 40-metre trip

A woman who was charged more than €40 by an electrician for a trip of around 40 metres to her house has been told by a German court she will probably have to pay the fee.

Germany’s triumphs and disasters at London 2012

Germany’s triumphs and disasters at London 2012

It's been an eventful Olympics for Germany - or Team BRD, as the German media has not dubbed them - with triumphant beach boys, damp squib swimmers and a neo-Nazi scandal. The Local surveys the highs and lows.

Craft guild: euro rescue cost must have a limit

Craft guild: euro rescue cost must have a limit

Germany’s craft guild has called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to step back from recent pledges to save the euro at any cost, while most Germans think the worst of the euro crisis is yet to come.

Economic clouds gather despite strong GDP

Economic clouds gather despite strong GDP

Germany, Europe's biggest economy, is still growing but the outlook is becoming increasingly clouded by "substantial risks" from the debt crisis, the economy ministry warned Friday.

Facebook ‘should help pay for illegal parties’

Facebook ‘should help pay for illegal parties’

German state interior ministers want to make Facebook help pay for illegal mass parties organised via the network. Costly police operations have recently been launched to clear such parties.

Trucker swerves past cyclist and hits 30 others

Trucker swerves past cyclist and hits 30 others

A man died when a truck driver swerved to get around a cyclist on a road near Hamburg – only to plough into a group of other cyclists coming the other way.

New Berlin airport ‘cannot service its loans’

New Berlin airport ‘cannot service its loans’

A row has broken out over Berlin’s new – and very late – airport, after it was revealed that the corporation building it only has financing to last until the end of the year and is not considered credit worthy.