The Local : Germany (57)

EasyJet in talks to take over large chunks of Air Berlin services: report

The British budget airline easyJet is planning to take over a large number of the services currently offered by Air Berlin, which filed for insolvency last week, the Rheinische Post reports.

Erdogan supporters have threatened my wife, German Foreign Minister reveals

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has accused supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of threatening his wife amid a festering diplomatic crisis.

German state renames Justice Ministry to Ministry of Justice - at cost of €26,000

After the newly-elected state leader of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, renamed all 12 ministries under his administration, he publicly responded on Monday to inquires as to why.

Arsonists set fire to two cars belonging to centre-left politician

Just weeks away from the German election, arsonists have set fire to vehicles belonging to a high-profile politician. It was the second case of arson against a politician in the town of Herne this year.

Huge stash of Trump-shaped ecstasy pills seized in north Germany

Around 5,000 ecstasy pills shaped like the head of the US President were confiscated by police in Lower Saxony on Saturday.

Syrian refugees name their baby Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel Muhammed was born to refugees from Syria in Münster on August 16th, though she isn't the first baby named after Germany's Chancellor.

Suspect in Finnish terror attack lived in Germany in late 2015

Germany's interior ministry confirmed on Monday that a Moroccan man who is suspected of stabbing two women to death on Friday in Finland's first ever terror attack lived in Germany in late 2015.

Merkel: trust must be 'restored' in diesel cars after emissions scandal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that trust must be restored in diesel cars after the emissions cheating scandal and spoke out against plans to ban them from some inner cities.

Man dies after bringing a BBQ into his tent at music festival

A 30-year-old man from Göttingen died on Sunday after bringing a barbecue inside his tent at the Nürburgring Olé music festival.

German football star wasn't trafficked to Spain on jet-ski, Breitbart concedes

Lukas Podolski has received an apology from ultra-conservative news website Breitbart, who used an image of the ex-Germany international alongside a story about illegal immigration, with the striker threatening legal action.

I won't go into business after politics like Schröder, Merkel pledges

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she doesn't intend to seek a business post after life in politics and criticised her predecessor Gerhard Schröder for joining the board of Russian oil giant Rosneft.

Hamburg supermarket empties shelves of foreign goods to make political point

In one of supermarket chain Edeka's shops in Hamburg at the weekend, shelves were emptied in an effort to celebrate the diversity of their products and show how empty their store would be without products from abroad.

Air Berlin aims for September sale, as government denies favouring Lufthansa

Insolvent German airline Air Berlin hopes to complete its sale by September, the group's chief executive said, as government officials fended off accusations of favouring Lufthansa in the bankruptcy process.

Bodyguard accidentally shoots gun during boarding at Berlin airport

A Eurowings flight from Berlin's Tegel Airport to Cologne was delayed by an hour and a half on Monday morning after a bodyguard mistakenly fired his pistol during boarding. He was reportedly new in the job.

Bavarian leader criticized after dropping demand for maximum number of refugees

Conservative CSU party leader Horst Seehofer took criticism from the SPD and Green Party after backing away on Sunday from his demand for an upper limit of refugees Germany can take in and no longer explicitly calling it a condition for a coalition.

Erdogan warns German foreign minister to 'know your limits'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday told German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel to "know your limits" after he vehemently criticised the Turkish leader for interfering in Germany's upcoming elections.

German-Turkish writer held in Spain on Turkey's order

Dogan Akhanli, a German intellectual of Turkish origin who writes on Turkey's record on human rights, was arrested in Spain on Saturday at Ankara's request, the foreign ministry said in Berlin, adding that it opposed any extradition of the writer.

US burger giant Five Guys set to expand in Germany

Popular American fast food chain Five Guys announced via Facebook on Wednesday that they're on their way to Germany.

'Unprecedented interference' as Erdogan tells Turks in Germany not to vote for 'enemies of Turkey'

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on Turks living in Germany not to vote for the two parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling grand coalition or the Greens in next month's legislative elections, calling them "enemies of Turkey".

Erdogan tells Turks in Germany not to vote for 'enemies of Turkey' in Merkel's government

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called on Turks living in Germany not to vote for the two parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling grand coalition or the Greens in next month's legislative elections, calling them "enemies of Turkey".

New scientific study examines the sex habits of Germans

A new scientific study about the sexual behaviours of Germans reveals surprising results, particularly with regard to the prevention and treatment of STDs.

This historic German town is falling apart in 'slow-motion catastrophe'

A German town's decision to invest in geothermal energy backfired badly after underground drilling went wrong and hundred of buildings began to fall apart.

Merkel: We won't halt election rallies but we will mourn Spain attack victims

Germany's election rallies will mourn victims of Spain's deadly attacks, but they won't be halted as they are a celebration of democracy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

The Bundesliga kicks off again on Friday but can anyone stop Bayern Munich?

Bayern Munich start the season on Friday depleted through injuries, but pre-season wobbles and changes in personnel will at least give their rivals some hope of breaking the Bavarian stranglehold.

Angela Merkel condemns 'revolting attack' in Barcelona

The office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday condemned the "revolting attack" in Barcelona, which saw a van plough through a street packed with pedestrians, killing 13 people.

Prosecutors probe claims of Nazi salutes and pigs' heads at party for army special unit

Prosecutors in Tübingen have launched a probe into explosive claims of far-right extremism in a German army special forces unit.

Woman in Essen kicked off bus for eating a bread roll

A 59-year-old nurse in Essen was escorted off a bus by security after failing to comply with the 'no food or drink' rule.

Munich knife killer 'not criminally culpable', German court rules

A German man who killed one person and wounded three in a knife rampage last year was ordered by a court on Thursday to be interned at a psychiatric hospital.

Insolvent Air Berlin says it's in talks with three potential buyers

Air Berlin is in talks with three competitors about buying up its assets, the insolvent airline's boss said on Thursday, warning that not all jobs would be saved.

Spy thriller set in Cold War Berlin to hit German theatres

Action film 'Atomic Blonde' featuring actress Charlize Theron set in 1989 during the fall of the Berlin Wall will be released in theatres on 24th August.

Donald Trump is making a 'huge mistake' in not condemning far-right, says Germany's foreign minister

US President Donald Trump's comments blaming both sides' for deadly weekend violence in Charlottesville were a huge mistake', says Germany's foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel.

Far-right leader Petry set to lose immunity as perjury probe looms

The Immunity Committee in Saxony recommended lifting the immunity of right-wing politician Frauke Petry on Thursday over a year after accusations she committed perjury began.

Germany is playing down scope of tainted egg scandal, state minister claims

A German state minister charged on Wednesday that over three times more eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil had entered the country than the national government has admitted.

Merkel opens up in interview with German YouTubers

While campaigning on Wednesday for the youth vote on YouTube ahead of September 24th elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel said her favourite emoticon was the "smiley" and dismissed fears about a potential World War III.

State authorities warn that letter ordering silence on refugee crimes is a fake

The interior ministry in North Rhine-Westphalia has warned that a letter being shared on social media which appears to show them ordering police to cover up refugee crimes is in fact fake.

Flixbus resurrects budget train service to take on might of Deutsche Bahn

Germany's leading long-distance bus operator Flixbus on Wednesday said it had joined forces with a Czech company to rescue the crowd-funded rail start-up Locomore and get its trains back on the rails.

Hamburg rated 10th most liveable city in the world

The findings of a report released on Wednesday by The Economist's Intelligence Unit reveals that Germany's Hanseatic city yet again - just like last year - ranks in tenth place.

Turkey asks Berlin to look into sightings of 'top coup fugitive'

Turkey has asked the German authorities to formally investigate reported sightings in Germany of a top suspect in last year's failed coup who still remains at large.

10 reasons why you should date a German

The Local spoke with an American-German matchmaker based in Wiesbaden to get some tips on dating a German. After consulting with her German clients, she came up with some sound advice on finding Teutonic love.

Put more women on your boards or we'll make you, government warns business

German Women's Affairs Minister Katarina Barley on Wednesday slammed the country's top firms for not having enough female executives and threatened a mandatory quota if they did not do better by next year.

At least 28 million contaminated eggs delivered to Germany: report

The number of eggs contaminated with Fipronil delivered to Germany is much higher than previously thought, according to a report in the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung .

Germany's first top-flight female ref amped to kick off first league match

Germany's Bibiana Steinhaus insists she is no feminist trailblazer as she prepares to become the first female ref in Europe's top leagues having already tamed Bayern Munich's stars.

How to pick a German football team that perfectly suits your character

Many football-loving expats find themselves baffled by the variety and number of German football teams to choose from. We're confident though that you'll be able to align yourself with at least one of the five teams listed here.

Italian mafia quadruples presence in Germany over less than decade

German intelligence agencies believe that the Italian mafia have clearly increased their presence in the Bundesrepublik since 2008.

Five things you need to know after the Air Berlin insolvency

After Air Berlin filed for insolvency proceedings on Tuesday, many customers and travellers are asking where this leaves them. We answer the key questions.

Far-right AfD set to become third largest party in German parliament, poll finds

The Alternative for Germany have their nose ahead of the other minor parties in Germany, putting them on course to become the third largest party in the Bundestag after September's election, a new poll has found.

This is what Germans really think about capitalism

Despite the turbulence of the Weimar years, Germany has followed a steady capitalist economic model since the end of the Second World War. But that doesn't mean people like the idea, a new study shows.

Storms and heavy rain bring trains to halt at Frankfurt central station

Rail transport in and out of Frankfurt was brought to a stop for half an hour on Tuesday, after storms made travel out of the central station too risky.

Air Berlin files for insolvency proceedings after months of disruptions

Germany's struggling budget airline Air Berlin on Tuesday said it had filed for insolvency proceedings after its main shareholder Etihad Airways said it "would not provide any further financial support".

Why Bavarians are busy hanging out bouquets on Mariä Himmelfahrt

You might not have the day off today, but many people across the country do. The Catholic celebration of Mariä Himmelfahrt is a lesser known yet rather floral public holiday in many parts of southern Germany.