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Refugees suffer over 200 attacks in 2014
Swastika graffiti at a refugee home in Bavaria with text reading "No asylum seekers". Photo: DPA

Refugees suffer over 200 attacks in 2014

Refugee NGOs' first annual report on violence against asylum seekers found that there were over 200 attacks on people and accommodation in 2014. READ  

Merkel wishes Tsipras 'strength and success'
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Merkel wishes Tsipras 'strength and success'

Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday and wished him "much strength and success" after his anti-austerity party's election victory. READ  

'No German identity without Auschwitz'
President Gauck addressing the Bundestag on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Photo: DPA

'No German identity without Auschwitz'

President Joachim Gauck on Tuesday warned Germans against drawing a line under the Holocaust as the Bundestag (parliament) opened a day of commemorations on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. READ  

Handball! Neuer blows whistle on wax double
Manuel Neuer at the inauguration of his double in Berlin. Photo: DPA

Handball! Neuer blows whistle on wax double

Madame Tussauds' hottest new effigy was unveiled to the public in Berlin on Tuesday, costing a euro for each of the 150,000 hairs on keeper Manuel Neuer's head. Pity about the handball goal frame though… READ  

Railway union threatens strike over €2
EVG members outside a station during a 2013 strike. Photo: DPA

Railway union threatens strike over €2

As railway operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) continues negotiations with train drivers' union GDL, its other major union EVG has threatened a strike over pay differences between employees. READ  

Dresden tolerance concert draws 22,000
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Dresden tolerance concert draws 22,000

As Pegida supporters and opponents clashed in Hanover, musicians threw a free concert in central Dresden on Monday evening to show another side to the city famous for spawning the anti-Islam movement. READ  

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'The age of financial privacy is over'
Unsuspecting Americans have been hit hard by FATCA. Photo: Shutterstock

'The age of financial privacy is over'

Jonathan Weiss hasn’t lived in the US for 25 years. But that didn’t keep his foreign bank account from being frozen in the wake of new US tax laws. Find out how you can avoid the same fate at the hands of FATCA. READ  

Germany remembers horror of Auschwitz
"Work will set you free," the gate at Auschwitz-Birkenau tells inmates. Photo: DPA

Germany remembers horror of Auschwitz

Chancellor Angela Merkel joined survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Berlin on Monday to open a series of events dedicated to the end of the Holocaust camp regime 70 years ago. READ  

JobTalk Germany: Entrepreneur series
'Work I love and a rewarding family life'
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'Work I love and a rewarding family life'

Melanie Fieseler is a British business/career consultant and coach, and founder of Berlin-based WorkSmart. She is on a mission to help ambitious mums like herself successfully combine motherhood with building a fulfilling and rewarding career or business. READ  

Concentration camp 'can't take more visitors'
Bergen Belsen survivors Maria Gnaiatczyk and Shaul Ladany stand at the memorial to the camp. Photo: DPA

Concentration camp 'can't take more visitors'

After the President of the Jewish Council called for compulsory school trips to concentration camp memorials, the Bergen-Belsen site told The Local that they can't take any more groups. READ  

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Pressure mounts to allow 'Stolpersteine' in Munich
A pedestrian walks by a group of Stolpersteine. Photo: DPA

Pressure mounts to allow 'Stolpersteine' in Munich

After banning them in 2004, Munich is poised to allow the small brass Holocaust memorial plaques known as 'Stolpersteine' to be placed on the streets, despite a Jewish community leader's continued opposition. READ  

Pegida across Europe
The rise and spread of Pegida
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The rise and spread of Pegida

They've grown from a small Facebook community to a worldwide phenomenon. Sabine Devins looks at Pegida's rise to prominence and what it is they really stand for as the movement spreads across Europe. READ  

This week in history
Metropolis: Grandfather of Sci-Fi Films
The original "Man Machine" from Fritz Lang's classic Metropolis Photo: DPA

Metropolis: Grandfather of Sci-Fi Films

Fascinating everyone from Adolf Hitler to Whitney Houston, with themes of social injustice and a voluptuous robot-temptress, the German science-fiction movie Metropolis carved an extraordinary niche in film history after its release on January 10th, 1927. READ  

Your top stories of 2014
German footballers' girlfriends were a sure-fire hit in 2014. Photo: DPA

Your top stories of 2014

Germany has had a busy year of news and we've loved bringing it to our Local readers. We checked our stats and picked out stories that most people enjoyed reading in 2014. READ  

Fall of the Wall - 25 years
Escaping of the 5,000 from East Berlin
A mural of Schumann's and Meixner's escapes from East Berlin at the East Side Gallery. Photo: Nick Allen

Escaping of the 5,000 from East Berlin

They swam, crawled through sewers, flew in balloons, dug tunnels and rammed through the Berlin Wall. The courage and ingenuity of the 5,000 East German escapees later inspired novels, movies and one of the world’s longest tunnels. READ  

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German kids 'growing up sitting down'
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German kids 'growing up sitting down'

Too much sitting is bad for you, as we all know. But health experts warned on Monday that half of German children have firmly adopted the sedentary and damaging habits of their parents. READ  

Business makes confident start to 2015
A worker checks compensators in a Baden-Württemberg factory. Photo: DPA

Business makes confident start to 2015

German businesses are confident about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy, a new poll showed on Monday, as a weaker euro and falling oil prices are set to boost the country's exporters. READ  

Give refugees holiday homes: Berlin official
Monika Herrmann attempts to mediate in a refugee dispute in 2014. Photo: DPA

Give refugees holiday homes: Berlin official

Amid rising tensions around the Pegida movement, a Berlin official stirred alarm on Monday with a proposal to commandeer private holiday apartments to house asylum seekers. READ  

Parties welcome Gabriel's Pegida meeting
Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel in Dresden on Friday. Photo: DPA

Parties welcome Gabriel's Pegida meeting

Politicians welcomed Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel's controversial decision to meet members of anti-Islam movement Pegida on Friday. READ  

Self-driving cars to hit German Autobahn
Hopefully there won't be any roadworks on the test stretch. Photo: DPA

Self-driving cars to hit German Autobahn

A section of the A9 Autobahn in Bavaria will be converted into a test route for self-driving cars, Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said on Monday. READ  

'Stick to the plan': Germany to Greece
Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras celebrates the party's election victory on Sunday. Photo: DPA

'Stick to the plan': Germany to Greece

UPDATE:German Chancellor Angela Merkel expects the new Greek government to uphold its commitments to international creditors, her spokesman said Monday after the electoral triumph of Greece's anti-austerity leftists Syriza. READ  

 Deutsche Bahn wins allies in air cartel suit
Deutsche Bahn's HQ in Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. Photo: Volker Emersleben/DB

Deutsche Bahn wins allies in air cartel suit

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said Sunday it has been joined by several companies in a 2.9 €billion euro lawsuit against Lufthansa and other airlines for fixing air cargo prices. READ  

Merkel phones Putin over Ukraine violence
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: DPA

Merkel phones Putin over Ukraine violence

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Sunday to "put pressure" on Ukraine's pro-Kremlin separatists to end a recent upsurge in violence. READ  

New anti-Islam march draws 17,000  people
The Pegida demonstration in Dresden on Sunday. Photo: Arno Burgi/dpa

New anti-Islam march draws 17,000 people

Thousands of people joined a march by the anti-Islamisation PEGIDA movement on Sunday, the group's first rally since threats surfaced against the group and its leader resigned over "Hitler" photos. READ  

Anti-Muslim rallies 'hurt Germany's image'
Police prepare for the demonstration on Sunday on Dresden's Theaterplatz. Photo: Arno Burgi/dpa

Anti-Muslim rallies 'hurt Germany's image'

Hours before a new rally in Dresden by the anti-Islamisation PEGIDA movement on Sunday, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the group's sentiments were harming the nation's image. READ  

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Man leaves baby on U6 metro
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Man leaves baby on U6 metro

A desperate young father realized only after exiting the carriage of the U6 metro train that he'd left his baby on board. READ  

Switzerland tops global cost of living study
Countries in brown have highest costs, according to data. Map: Movehub.com

Switzerland tops global cost of living study

A new report shows Switzerland has the highest cost of living in the world, ahead of Norway. READ  

The Local List
Ten Danish words the world should start using
Impress your friends by casually dropping one of these ten Danish words into your next conversation. Photo: Colourbox

Ten Danish words the world should start using

Danish is a tough language, but it has some real gems. We guide you through ten Danish words that are just so good that we should all start using them. READ  

Spain among Europe's cheapest nations: study

Spain among Europe's cheapest nations: study

Spain is one of the cheapest places to live in Western Europe and is 35 percent cheaper than New York according to new figures. READ  

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The ten 'real' no-go zones in Paris
There are no-go zones in the City of Light after all. Photo: AFP

The ten 'real' no-go zones in Paris

Fox News came under fire recently for listing areas in Paris they claimed were "no-go zones". But what do they know? We've listed the real places in the City of Light that you'd want to avoid. Although they're more "don't-go" zones than "no-go". READ  

Another nun gives birth in Italy
The nun was taken to the maternity ward, where her waters broke and she gave birth. Baby photo: Shutterstock

Another nun gives birth in Italy

A nun has given birth in Italy after going to hospital with a stomach ache, a year after a similar case in a country still strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. READ  

Police: Don’t report that it’s snowing in Norway
Snow is quite common in Norway. Photo: Håkon Aarthun/NTB Scanpix

Police: Don’t report that it’s snowing in Norway

Police in southern Norway say they are not prioritizing complaints about snow and are urging people to remember that they live in Norway. READ  

The Local List
Ten unique words you need to date in Sweden
Swedes love getting married...and divorced. Photo: Sonia Jansson/Image Bank Sweden

Ten unique words you need to date in Sweden

Dating is relatively new to Sweden - bumping into a new partner at a night club or getting off with a colleague is a more common way into a relationship. But if you are single, here are ten unique (and often untranslatable) Swedish words you should know about. READ  

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