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Private health insurance not worth it for workers
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Private health insurance not worth it for workers

Thousands of employees paying into private health insurance in Germany get poor value for money, according to consumer experts - who recommend going private for just one group of workers. READ () »

Putin warns Merkel of Ukraine civil war
A Ukrainian policeman at a checkpoint in the eastern city of Kharkiv on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Putin warns Merkel of Ukraine civil war

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Chancellor Angela Merkel that Ukraine was on the verge of civil war after the Kiev government sent in the army against separatists in the east of the country, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. READ () »

'Free range' chicken farmer tricks customers
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'Free range' chicken farmer tricks customers

A major producer of ethically certified meat has admitted to defrauding thousands of customers for years by passing off conventional chicken as free-range. But the regulator said it took swift action to deal with the case. READ () »

Op-Ed
Why Germany should stop arming the world
Saudi Arabia wants to buy 800 German Leopard 2 tanks. Photo: DPA

Why Germany should stop arming the world

Germany's weapons industry is booming, and even the vice chancellor's attempt to stop selling tanks to the Saudis is a minor concession for the world's third biggest arms exporter. But the trade is destabilizing security. READ () »

WWI colour photos go on display in Berlin
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WWI colour photos go on display in Berlin

An exhibition opened in Berlin last week of rare colour photos from World War I. Haunting images of soldiers in trenches take centre stage in the collection. READ () »

German economy enjoying 'solid upturn'
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German economy enjoying 'solid upturn'

The German economy is currently in the middle of a "solid upturn", the government said on Tuesday, even if concerns about the fallout from Ukraine are souring investor confidence. READ () »

Wet week leads up to warmer Easter weekend
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Wet week leads up to warmer Easter weekend

The days running up to Easter may be cool and wet, but the holiday weekend should be a bit warmer for most of Germany, state weather service the DWD forecast on Tuesday. READ () »

Petition seeks to remove WWII Russian tanks
One of the WWII Russian tanks near the Brandenburg Gate. Photo: DPA

Petition seeks to remove WWII Russian tanks

German newspapers launched a petition Tuesday to remove two Russian tanks from a World War II memorial in central Berlin in protest against Russia's actions in Ukraine. READ () »

Elderly man taped €200,000 to his genitals
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Elderly man taped €200,000 to his genitals

Customs officers in western German caught an elderly man with almost €200,000 taped to his genitals. He and his wife had just crossed into the country from Luxembourg last week. READ () »

'Dangerously high dust levels' hit big cities
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'Dangerously high dust levels' hit big cities

Germany is being exposed to very high levels of fine dust in the air, the environmental office (UBA) said on Tuesday. In big cities, levels exceed those deemed safe by experts. READ () »

Features
Opinion
The pain of Merkel's S&M government
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The pain of Merkel's S&M government

Merkel's "grand coalition" government is such an extreme combination of passivity and aggression, it is practically sado-masochist, Malte Lehming argues in Cicero magazine this month. READ () »

JobTalk Germany
21 phrases to help you get on in a German office
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21 phrases to help you get on in a German office

Working in a German office can be a tricky business, especially if you haven't quite mastered the language. The Local is here to help with some useful phrases to impress your colleagues. READ () »

Interview with Eddie Izzard
'If you want an adventure, learn a language'
Eddie Izzard. Photo: Bruno Calvo

'If you want an adventure, learn a language'

Making Germans laugh can seem a thankless prospect in any language and trying in freshly learned German might seem the project of a masochist. Eddie Izzard tells The Local why he is game. READ () »

German of the Week
Sochi's youngest hope - German ski jumper, 15
Young flyer, Gianina Ernst. Photo: DPA

Sochi's youngest hope - German ski jumper, 15

If Gianina Ernst had been born a few hours later she would not be going to the Winter Games. But the fifteen-year-old ski jumper is now on the road to Sochi success, making her The Local’s German of the Week. READ () »

German of the Week
Keeper of Germany's finest wine cellar
Bremen's wine expert, Karl-Josef Krötz, with the Rüdesheimer Rose. Photo: DPA

Keeper of Germany's finest wine cellar

Keeping the keys to Bremen´s 15th century wine cellar means becoming a part of a 600-year-old tradition. The vast collection is one of the indebted city's most valuable assets but is being targeted by a wealthy Chinese collector. READ () »

More News
Woman decomposed on bathroom floor
The woman lived on Heinrich-Heine Strasse in central Berlin. Photo: DPA

Woman decomposed on bathroom floor

A woman's body lay decomposing on her bathroom floor in Berlin for several months before neighbours noticed her letterbox had overflowed. READ () »

Air Berlin cancels flights to Sharm el-Sheikh
Holidaymakers snorkle off a Sharm el-Sheikh beach. Photo: DPA

Air Berlin cancels flights to Sharm el-Sheikh

Germany's second-biggest airline, Air Berlin, on Monday said it has cancelled flights this month to Egypt's Sharm el-Sheikh resort on the Red Sea because of deteriorating security for foreign tourists. READ () »

Thieves clean out casinos with software
Paul Gauselmann, manufacturer of the machines. Photo: DPA

Thieves clean out casinos with software

Thieves swindled hundreds of casinos across Germany in just one night by exploiting a software-bug in defective slot machines. The manufacturer may be liable for up to €10 million in damages. READ () »

Germany shuts scheme for young unemployed
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Germany shuts scheme for young unemployed

Germany said on Monday it would no longer accept applications for a programme to attract young Europeans to its job market due to overwhelming demand from crisis-ravaged countries. READ () »

Refugee lives in a tree after camp torn down
Turgay Ulu (right) and other hunger strikers on Oranienplatz in Berlin. Photo: J. Arthur White

Refugee lives in a tree after camp torn down

Protests are continuing in Berlin after the demolition of a refugee camp last Tuesday. Five refugees have gone on hunger strike and one woman lived in a tree for more than 100 hours. READ () »

Germany warns of war in Europe
Pro-Russian protesters in Donetsk on Monday. Photo: DPA

Germany warns of war in Europe

Germany warned of war in Europe on Monday, with vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel stating the continent was being "dragged" into a "smouldering conflict" with Russia over Ukraine. READ () »

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Undertakers carrying off two of the bodies gunned down at Italian restaurant 'Da Bruno' in Duisburg in 2007. Photo: DPA

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'

Italian mobsters have infiltrated “every sector in Germany”, according to investigators, with the Sicilian mafia particularly active in the Rhineland. READ () »

330,000 sign up against TV licence fee
The licence fee, in force since 2013, means all households pay a monthly bill whether or not they own a TV.

330,000 sign up against TV licence fee

An online petition to Germany's Constitutional Court demanding the "flat rate" TV licence fee be scrapped has collected almost 330,000 signatures. READ () »

Could London's bus-only streets work in Berlin?
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and a Berlin bus. Photo: DPA

Could London's bus-only streets work in Berlin?

Berlin's transport authority is looking to London for inspiration in a bid to introduce bus lanes. Increasing traffic is, it said, making it difficult for buses and trams to make their stops on time. READ () »

JobTalk Germany
Why you should teach English in Germany
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Why you should teach English in Germany

For those looking for a career change or to simply experience life in Germany, teaching English may pave the path to success. READ () »

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Swiss teen killed during 'knife game' in Rome
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Swiss teen killed during 'knife game' in Rome

A 16-year-old boy from Switzerland died during a school trip to Rome after reportedly being stabbed during a "knife game" with friends. READ () »

The Local List
Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter
Having an 'Only in Spain' moment? You're not alone. Picture of angry expat woman: Shutterstock

Top expat moans about Spain on Twitter

Expats in Spain are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations about life in the country. Here The Local has selected some of the funniest and truest tweets. READ () »

VIDEO
‘Anti-French’ Cadillac ad sparks anger in France
The new 'anti-French' Cadillac ad has not gone down well in France, believe it or not. Photo: Screengrab YouTube

‘Anti-French’ Cadillac ad sparks anger in France

VIDEO: US luxury brand Cadillac should not count on its new electric car selling well in France after its latest advert for the vehicle was blasted as “anti-French” and “lamentable”. See for yourself why and check out the response ad from Ford. READ () »

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'
Mafia infiltration has reached Germany's Rhineland. Photo: Shengel/Wikipedia

'The mafia has infiltrated every sector in Germany'

Italian mobsters have infiltrated “every sector in Germany”, according to investigators, with the Sicilian mafia particularly active in the Rhineland. READ () »

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach
Bjørn Frilund, 64, with his unusual catch. Photo: Anders Hagen, Åndalsnes Avis

Norway man finds adult toy in cod's stomach

Bjørn Frilund was gutting a large cod he'd caught, when he felt a big lump in its belly. As he cut in, he first found two semi-digested herrings. Then he pulled out a hefty orange vibrator. READ () »

Swedes pay $27 for 'bargain strawberries'

Swedes pay $27 for 'bargain strawberries'

The year's first batch of Swedish strawberries went under the hammer in Stockholm on Wednesday, with growers fetching 175 kronor ($27) per punnet. But the price was nothing compared to last year. READ () »

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