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Teachers set to walk out on Tuesday
A teacher putting up a strike poster in 2013. Photo: DPA

Teachers set to walk out on Tuesday

Teachers plan to walk out in turn on Tuesday after the first in a series of nation-wide public sector strikes took place at the University Hospital in Essen on Monday. READ  

Munich's new tram bell upsets traditionalists
An older-model Munich tram equipped with a real bell. Photo: DPA

Munich's new tram bell upsets traditionalists

On the busy streets of central Munich, where the distinction between foot zone and tram line is often rather fluid, tram drivers sound a bell reminding pedestrians it would be in their best interest to move out of the way. But a high-tech new system has set alarm bells ringing among public transport purists. READ  

Prosecutors target Bergen-Belsen guard
A memorial obelisk at Bergen-Belsen

Prosecutors target Bergen-Belsen guard

Prosecutors in Hamburg are investigating a 93-year-old woman who has been accused of having supervised a “death march” away from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. READ  

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Tsipras comments 'not the done thing': Germany
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Photo: DPA

Tsipras comments 'not the done thing': Germany

Germany on Monday angrily denounced Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for accusing eurozone partners Spain and Portugal of undermining his negotiations with Brussels, saying he had been out of line. READ  

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine
Edathy in court on Monday. Photo: DPA

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine

A court has decided to fine former MP Sebastian Edathy €5,000 after he admitted on Monday to downloading child pornography images and video onto his official parliamentary laptop. READ  

Sudeten Germans give up 'right to homeland'
Sudeten Germans practising traditional dance at a gathering in 2014. Photo: DPA

Sudeten Germans give up 'right to homeland'

The Sudeten German Homeland Association has given up its claim to the group's former home in parts of the Czech Republic, quieting one of the final echoes of the Second World War. READ  

Minister draws fire over wage transparency plan
Families Minister Manuela Schwesig. Photo: DPA

Minister draws fire over wage transparency plan

Families Minister Manuela Schwesig confirmed on Sunday that she wants a new law allowing women to compare their wages with men doing similar work, provoking angry reactions from employers. READ  

Police wind down Bremen terror response
Heavily-armed police on patrol outside Bremen cathedral. Photo: DPA

Police wind down Bremen terror response

Police in Bremen said that the risk of a terrorist attack had been reduced in the city after they arrested two suspected arms dealers. The city remains under high alert, with special protection for the Jewish community. READ  

Germany's Schäuble softens Greece tone
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Germany's Schäuble softens Greece tone

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Sunday Greece's new hard-left government needs "a bit of time" but is committed to implementing necessary reforms to resolve its debt crisis. READ  

UK Pegida rally dwarfed by counter-demo
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UK Pegida rally dwarfed by counter-demo

An estimated 375 people turned out for the Germany-based PEGIDA movement's first demonstration in Britain on Saturday, but were outnumbered by a 2,000-strong crowd of counter-protesters, police said. READ  

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Kafka's Metamorphosis: 100 years of perplexity
Franz Kafka. Photo: DPA

Kafka's Metamorphosis: 100 years of perplexity

100 years ago, Franz Kafka published The Metamorphosis, now seen as one of the most significant works of 20th century German literature. The Local speaks to the academic who has reinterpreted it for a modern audience. READ  

Man goes viral with story of girlfriend hating car
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Man goes viral with story of girlfriend hating car

The rambling musings of a father-to-be on an ad to sell his green Opel Tigra on Ebay (“because girlfriend said so”) have created a new star. Now Opel says they will send him a brand-new vehicle. READ  

Shoah experts welcome Anne Frank TV drama
Mala Emde, star of 'Meine Tochter Anne Frank'. Photo: DPA

Shoah experts welcome Anne Frank TV drama

As the 70th anniversary of the death of Anne Frank approaches, TV network ARD unveils the first major German production of her famous story, to a warm welcome from specialists in the Holocaust victim's diaries. READ  

Fearlessly Jewish on the streets of Munich

Fearlessly Jewish on the streets of Munich

While the world watched with shock as a Jewish man encountered abuse on the streets of Paris for wearing a kippah, The Local talks to a Munich man who has been doing the same for two years - with surprising results. READ  

Alaaf! and Helau!
A party that makes Oktoberfest look civilised
To Karneval revellers in Cologne, one says Alaaf! Photo: DPA

A party that makes Oktoberfest look civilised

Large parts of Germany come to a standstill for carnival, the six days before Lent when half the nation lets its hair down for a wild party that shouldn’t be missed, writes David Crossland. READ  

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Ukraine: troop deaths 'serious breach' of truce
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Ukraine: troop deaths 'serious breach' of truce

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko declared the killing of three government troops by pro Moscow rebels a "serious breach of the ceasefire", during a telephone call Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her office said. READ  

Man wins court battle over loud footsteps
Trouble at the top. Photo: DPA

Man wins court battle over loud footsteps

Germany's highest civil court ruled in favour of a man who swapped the carpet in his new apartment for parquet flooring, incurring the wrath of the retired couple who lived below him over his loud footsteps. READ  

Teachers to strike nationwide from Monday
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Teachers to strike nationwide from Monday

Teachers all over the country are expected to stike starting Monday, German education trade union GEW said, after negotiations with the wage commission of the federal states (TdL) failed to achieve results. READ  

EU court deals blow to US Iraq objector's hopes
Andre Shepherd at the European Court of Justice in June 2014. Photo: DPA

EU court deals blow to US Iraq objector's hopes

American soldier Andre Shepherd, who applied for asylum in Germany as a conscientious objector against the war in Iraq after going AWOL from his unit, saw a judgement by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) go against him on Thursday. READ  

Intersex person sues clinic for unnecessary op
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Intersex person sues clinic for unnecessary op

Intersex person Michaela Raab is suing doctors in a Nuremberg court, who she said operated on her genitals and put her through female hormone therapy without having told her she was genetically a man. READ  

German soars into ski jump top spot
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German soars into ski jump top spot

Germany is a "Weltmeister" again, this time in ski-jumping. Severin Freund's 134-metre vertical jumps, and new world distance record of nearly 136 metres, ended the nearly decade-and-a-half wait for German ski jump fans starved for gold. READ  

Muslim Council says Jewish fears 'justified'
Muslims at prayer in Frankfurt's Abubakr Mosque. Photo: DPA

Muslim Council says Jewish fears 'justified'

After the president of the Central Council of Jews warned against anti-Semitism in Muslim areas of German cities, his Muslim opposite number agreed that 'these fears are justified”. READ  

Greece bailout
Greece bailout passes with massive majority
Wolfgang Schäuble addressing the Bundestag on Friday. Photo: DPA

Greece bailout passes with massive majority

UPDATE:German MPs voted 542-32 in favour of extending Greece's bailout programme on Friday. READ  

Consumer rights office slams Facebook
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Consumer rights office slams Facebook

The Federation of Consumer Protection Offices (vzbv) has warned Facebook over legal breaches in its terms and conditions, saying that its claim on the homepage that “Facebook is free and always will be” is misleading. READ  

JobTalk France
France or Germany: The best country to work in?
Paris or Berlin, France or Germany, where's the best place to work? Photo: Glenn Moran/Flickr Berlin photo: Shutterstock

France or Germany: The best country to work in?

With a group of employees in northern France having been left outraged after being given an ultimatum to either relocate to Germany or lose their job, The Local looks at which country is the best place to work - France or Germany? READ  

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UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case
Dmitry Rybolovlev with unidentified woman at Monaco football game last year. Photo: AFP

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case

A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. READ  

New SAS strike cancels Copenhagen flights
For the second time this week, passengers are paying the price for SAS conflicts. Photo: Nikolai Linares/Scanpix

New SAS strike cancels Copenhagen flights

Just three days after a strike by the baggage crew, SAS's cabin personnel has now walked out on the job leading to a fresh round of flight cancellations on Friday. READ  

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Anna Allen appearing on Spanish programme, Pasapalabra. Screen grab: YouTube/bogo xoer.

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory

The invented life of a Spanish actress has been revealed after Spanish media discovered she had not actually attended the Oscars, but used Photoshop to place herself on the red carpet. READ  

Drones fly over Paris landmarks during night
At least five drones were detected flying over specific areas of Paris on Monday night into Tuesday. Photo: Rahims/FLickr

Drones fly over Paris landmarks during night

Paris police were hunting on Tuesday for clues after several drones were flown over specific Paris landmarks in the early hours of Tuesday, including the Eiffel Tower and the American Embassy. READ  

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Purrfect catch: Italian twins land giant catfish
Dino Ferrari with the giant catfish. Photo: Sportex Italia

Purrfect catch: Italian twins land giant catfish

Twin Italian brothers came within a whisker of a European record when they reeled in a catfish weighing 127kg in northern Italy’s River Po – with just a fishing rod. READ  

Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike
Norwegian is increasingly hiring crews from low cost countries such as Thailand and Eastern Europe. Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle

Norwegian faces first ever pilot strike

Norwegian Air Shuttle could see its first ever strike by pilots on Sunday, if it fails to end more than three months of fruitless negotiations and strike a deal with unions. READ  

Swede's 21st balloons dubbed 'IS' propaganda
The balloons that Sarah Ericsson had up in her window. Photo: Private

Swede's 21st balloons dubbed 'IS' propaganda

After Sarah Ericsson hung up balloons in the shape of the number '21' for her birthday, her home was paid a visit by Swedish police who thought they stood for 'IS' and had been put up by supporters of the Islamic State extremist group. READ  

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