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Germany's anti-immigration AfD to pick election team at fractious congress

Germany's anti-immigration AfD will wrap up a testy party congress Sunday by choosing the team to lead it into a September general election, after it dramatically sidelined its most prominent personality.

Clashes as German anti-immigration party AfD stages showdown

Thousands of leftist demonstrators tried to disrupt a party congress by Germany's right-wing populist AfD Saturday marked by festering internal rivalries five months before a general election.

UK ambassador: we want to guarantee rights of Brits in Germany ASAP

On Friday The Local exchanged emails with British Ambassador to Germany Sir Sebastian Wood about future ties between the UK and Germany, and concerns of Brits in the Bundesrepublik over Brexit.

Violent and sexual crimes rose, break-ins fell in 2016: media reports

German media reported this week that government figures to be released on Monday will show increases in violent and sexual crimes, as well as that the the number of break-ins dropped for the first time in a decade.

10 things you ought to know about the RAF terrorist organization

This week marks the 19th anniversary of the dissolution of the Red Army Faction, a far-left group that terrorized Germany from 1970 to the 1990s. We look at some of the most intriguing aspects of the so-called Baader-Meinhof Gang.

The mobile Berlin brewery made out of shipping containers

Part pop-up, part up-cycling, this new brewery in the German capital is using some of the city's most distinct traits of reuse and re-purposing to create something new.

Chancellery investigated in hunt for WikiLeaks sources: reports

German media reported on Thursday that Angela Merkel's Chancellery has been included in an ongoing investigation into a recent WikiLeaks release of confidential documents.

Berlin postcard finally arrives at destination - 53 years later

If you've ever complained about old-fashioned snail mail, this story may just give you another reason to stick to more modern communication methods.

Police arrest man for 'bombing Borussia Dortmund bus for money'

Police commandos on Friday arrested a German-Russian suspect behind a bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund's team bus, prosecutors said, indicating the motive was financial and not terror-related.

Berlin deports Serbian killer of Turkish-German civic 'heroine'

Germany on Thursday deported to his native Serbia a man whose killing of a young Turkish-German woman sparked nationwide outrage.

Why Germans need far less supervision at work than Americans

A new study has revealed that US engineering firms have one supervisor for every seven employees. In Germany the ratio is one boss for every 26 workers. What explains the difference?

Father accused of broadcasting rape of 2-year-old daughter live online

A father has been accused of raping his own two-year-old daughter with another man multiple times, allegedly filming parts of the abuse and broadcasting it through live chats online.

London vs Berlin: which is the better capital city?

They might be the capitals of two European powerhouses, but London and Berlin couldn't be more different in style and attitude. The Local journalists Julius Haswell and Jörg Luyken squabble over which is better.

Minimum wage is turning low-paid mini-jobs into regular work: report

Germany only implemented a minimum wage two years ago, and analysts are still assessing its economic impact. But so far one aspect has shown improvement - and it especially affects women.

Cologne enacts four-day no-fly zone ahead of AfD party meet

The Cathedral City of Cologne is ramping up security ahead of the far-right AfD's party conference at the weekend, including around 4,000 police officers and a four-day no-fly zone over the city centre.

Bayern Munich file complaint over Madrid police 'attack' at match

Bayern Munich accused Spanish police of "violent attacks" on their supporters during the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid and filed a complaint with UEFA on Wednesday.

One in six German school kids regularly bullied: report

A new report shows that one in six German school children faces regular bullying at school.

AfD leader says she will not run in September election

The AfD’s Frauke Petry announced via Facebook video on Wednesday that she will not be running as the party's lead candidate in September's national election.

How Britain blew up Germany's most remote island 70 years ago

Urban legend has it that Britain tried to completely destroy the tiny German Island of Heligoland in April 1947. The truth is less spectacular, but the explosion was nonetheless enormous.

Thousands of protesters expected to 'shut down' AfD party conference

Officials expect 50,000 people, including thousands of left-wing extremists, to partake in a protest in Cologne with the aim of shutting down the far-right AfD's party conference.