Thatcher letter thanking family surfaces

Thatcher letter thanking family surfaces

A German book dealer has found a letter seemingly written by Margaret Thatcher to her husband Denis and family, thanking them for their support during her political career – it was tucked away in a copy of her autobiography.

Doctors prescribe strike in wage fight

Doctors prescribe strike in wage fight

German hypochondriacs may have to cope alone soon, as 30 doctors' associations have voted to close their practices and go on strike some time before the end of September.

Toxic chemicals scare at Berlin US consulate

Toxic chemicals scare at Berlin US consulate

The US consulate in Berlin was partially evacuated on Thursday after three staff members said they felt ill and feared a visitor had released a noxious chemical. Police and hazardous chemicals teams were called in but found nothing.

Helmut Schmidt defends Tiananmen massacre

Helmut Schmidt defends Tiananmen massacre

Helmut Schmidt, ex-chancellor and sacred cow of German political punditry, has defended the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing. Casualty estimates were "wildly exaggerated" and the Chinese army was defending itself, he said.

Germany welcomes pro-Europe Dutch vote

Germany welcomes pro-Europe Dutch vote

Germany on Thursday welcomed the success of pro-European forces in the Dutch election and heavy losses by the far right, saying the result would bolster eurozone crisis-fighting.

EADS and BAE plan merger to take on Boeing

EADS and BAE plan merger to take on Boeing

European aerospace giants EADS and BAE have less than a month from Thursday to clear big hurdles to a projected $45 billion merger and create a united front against US arch-rival Boeing.

Holidaymaker sues after TV ‘monster’ joke

Holidaymaker sues after TV ‘monster’ joke

A holidaying pensioner who stumbled into camera shot of a casting show in just his swimming trunks is suing German TV channel RTL after being made fun of by the show’s host and dubbed “the monster from the deep”.

What’s on in Germany:  September 13 – 19

What’s on in Germany: September 13 – 19

This Week's Highlights: English theatre in Frankfurt, literature in Hamburg, and Fritz Lang with live music in Cologne.

‘The yes is as weak as the but’

‘The yes is as weak as the but’

While the world drew a breath after the German Constitutional Court okayed the European Stability Mechanism on Wednesday, The Local's media roundup shows the German press questioning if the judgement solved anything.

Parents save son by each giving him a lung

Parents save son by each giving him a lung

A boy with cystic fibrosis is starting a new life after German doctors performed the country’s first double living lung transplant, giving him a lung from each of his mother and father.

Third of pilots ‘have slept in cockpit’

Third of pilots ‘have slept in cockpit’

German pilots have condemned new flight service plans as a danger to passengers, with most saying that they have flown while over-tired - and a third admitting to have taken a nap in the cockpit.