Lufthansa starts flying people on Trump travel ban into Boston

Germany’s largest airline has resumed carrying citizens of countries named under an American travel ban into Boston until at least February 5th. In an announcement on its website, Lufthansa said that the decision was in response to a decision by the District Court in Massachusetts to suspend the travel ban until that date. The airline says that all passengers with valid travel documents may now board their flights to Boston….

Being German isn’t about where you’re born, say most Germans

Photo: DPA. A new study shows about two-thirds of Germans say being “one of us” has nothing to do with being born in the country. The poll published on Wednesday by Pew Research Centre asked participants whether they agreed that “having been born in our country is very important for being truly German”. Just 13 percent said yes. The US, where President Donald Trump’s recent temporary travel bans have stirred…

Six million visitors: a record month for The Local

Six million people read The Local’s sites last month – more than in any month since it was founded in 2004. The figure of six million unique visitors (6,011,886 to be precise) for January was 13 percent higher than for January 2016. The figures come the month after we completed the rollout of our new design.   It was an exceptionally good month for our original site, thelocal.se, with 1.5…

Propeller plane crashes into wind turbine, killing pilot

For the first time in Germany, an airplane has had a collision with a wind turbine. The crash was tragically fatal for the pilot. The incident took place outside the town of Melle in northwestern Germany on Thursday, police report. “As far as we can ascertain, it is the first such collision in Germany,” said Germout Freitag, a spokesperson for the federal office for air accidents. The reason for the…

‘Neo-Nazi’ arrested for bomb attack on foreigners in Düsseldorf 17 years ago

The aftermath of the 2000 Düsseldorf bombing. Photo: DPA. Nearly two decades after a bombing in Düsseldorf injured mainly Jewish people and foreigners, police have now arrested a suspect. The summer 2000 bombing at the Wehrhahn S-Bahn station left ten people injured, including some seriously. The victims were foreigners, and six of them were Jewish. Spiegel Online first reported on Wednesday that police had arrested 50-year-old Ralf S., identified as…

Bosch to pay out $300 million to US buyers over ‘dieselgate’ scandal

German car parts maker Bosch said on Wednesday it will pay out some $327.5 million in compensation to US buyers and dealers of Volkswagen-made diesel cars affected by the ‘dieselgate’ scandal. Bosch made some elements of the sophisticated software, known as “defeat devices”, that VW installed in 11 million diesel engines worldwide to minimize emissions during regulatory testing. Bosch said in a statement that a compensation agreement “would settle the…

‘Antitheist’ given life sentence for killing Christian flatmate over religion

Daniel E. entering the courtroom in Freiburg. Photo: DPA. A self-proclaimed “antitheist” was sentenced to life in prison for killing his Christian flatmate over her religion. The 25-year-old Daniel E. was sentenced to life in prison by a court in Freiburg on Monday for killing his Christian student flatmate last August in a crime ruled to be motivated by hate and disdain. The 31-year-old victim from Paderborn had first met…

Three hospitalized after mystery smell grounds Germanwings flight

File photo: DPA. A flight from Hamburg to Stockholm had to turn back on Sunday evening and crew members were taken to hospital due to a mysterious smell. Not long after the flight took off, six people complained of the nauseating smell and that they were feeling ill, Hamburg fire services said on Monday. Three crew members were taken to hospital after the airplane returned to Hamburg airport. The other…

Germany’s population just hit a record high – so what does this mean?

There are more people living in Germany than ever before, largely thanks to immigration. Here’s an explanation of what the new numbers mean. Germany’s population reached 82.8 million at the end of 2016, according to government estimates. That’s around 600,000 more than the previous year – an increase equivalent to the population of Leipzig – and almost 300,000 more than the previous record year, 15 years ago in 2002. But…

VIDEO: Police search for thief who robbed petrol station with ‘samurai sword’

A still from the CCTV camera shows the man with the sword. Photo: Hanover Police Department Police in Hanover are appealing for witnesses after an unknown man held up a gas station – with what appeared to be a samurai sword. Police reported that the masked robber entered the petrol station at around 9.25am last Sunday. Immediately he pulled out an enormous sword in front of the cashier and demanded money from the…