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View from Germany
'Only losers in economic war with Russia'
Volkswagen is the German company with the biggest turnover Russia. Photo: DPA

'Only losers in economic war with Russia'

German businesses are lobbying hard against imposing tougher sanctions on Russia after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, warning further sanctions would hurt the country's exports and threaten German jobs. READ  

Op-Ed
Should Germany ban the burqa?
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Should Germany ban the burqa?

The ruling of the European Court of Human Rights this month to uphold France's 2011 ban on wearing the burqa and niqab veil in public has reignited the debate in Germany too, as The Local finds out in Frankfurt. READ  

Spy Scandal: View from Germany
'The Americans have humiliated us again'
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'The Americans have humiliated us again'

UPDATE: Germany's expulsion of the CIA station chief in Berlin in a spy row with the United States has found widespread support in the country. But what happens now? READ  

Op-Ed
'Wake up Germany and smell the cyber-coffee'
Disused NSA monitoring domes at Mietraching in Bavaria. The site was closed in 2004. Photo: DPA

'Wake up Germany and smell the cyber-coffee'

As chests puff in Germany once again over the behaviour of the US intelligence services, the Tagesspiegel's Malte Lehming argues it's time for Germany to stop complaining and wake up - and tool up - in the cyber age. READ  

View from Germany
'Enough!' Germans say in latest US spy scandal
A Germany supporter pokes fun at US intelligence services during the 2014 World Cup. Photo: DPA

'Enough!' Germans say in latest US spy scandal

Germany's relations with the United States reeled further on Monday over new spying allegations, with commentators demanding a tough response to the reported US purchase of classified documents from a German double-agent. READ  

Analysis
Are German politicians paid too much?
President Joachim Gauck halted a wage rise for MPs. Photo: DPA

Are German politicians paid too much?

President Joachim Gauck has halted a pay rise for Germany’s politicians which was meant to come in on July 1st. Are German MPs paid too much and how do they compare with the rest of Europe? READ  

Have Your Say
Hamburg or Berlin for German Olympic bid?
Berlin's Olympic Stadium (l) and the Olympic flag flying in front of Hamburg city hall. Photo: DPA

Hamburg or Berlin for German Olympic bid?

Old rivals Berlin and Hamburg are battling it out to become Germany's Olympic Games host bid hopefuls. But with both cities hit by building scandals and money worries, which is best placed to host the Olympic Games? READ  

Op-Ed
Who's an expat and who's an immigrant?
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Who's an expat and who's an immigrant?

Why are some foreigners in Germany referred to as expats and others immigrants? Is there a difference between them and what terms should we be using? Writer Jacinta Nandi delves into a linguistic quandary. READ  

Op-Ed
When did Germans forget how to build?
Berlin Brandenburg Airport has been hit by thousands of problems including to its heating system (pictured). Photo: DPA

When did Germans forget how to build?

Two years ago today Europe’s biggest infrastructure project was supposed to open. This weekend I could be flying home through it - a still shiny terminal costing €4 billion hailed as a symbol of reunified Germany. READ  

View from Germany
'A dangerous divide has opened up in Europe'
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'A dangerous divide has opened up in Europe'

Widespread gains in Germany’s neighbouring countries for anti-EU parties in Sunday’s elections have shaken staunchly pro-European Germany, sparking fears in the country of a "dangerous divide" in Europe. READ  

Opinion
'EU elections? No thanks'
Election campaign posters in Hanover. Photo: DPA

'EU elections? No thanks'

After moving to another country, questions of how and why we participate in politics can get complex. With Sunday's EU Parliament elections looming, expats in Germany tell The Local why they'll be voting (and why not). READ  

Reader Rants
'The only way to fight Denglisch is with English'
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'The only way to fight Denglisch is with English'

Sick of hearing English words being mangled by Germans what feels like all the time, expat Harald Maidstone argues they should stop dubbing films and TV shows and play everything in English. READ  

Have Your Say
How good is Germany for mothers?
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How good is Germany for mothers?

Germany has been ranked as one of the best places in the world for mothers to raise children. But how family-friendly is the country? READ  

Op-Ed
'I du not Sie the point of the German you'
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'I du not Sie the point of the German you'

Now let’s be honest here German speakers, do we really need both the du and Sie forms of address when talking to Germans? In my experience it causes nothing but embarrassment, anger and confusion. READ  

Opinion
'Fracking won't save Germany from Putin'
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'Fracking won't save Germany from Putin'

Germany's reliance on Russian gas continues to limit the nation's diplomatic leverage in the Ukraine crisis. But as leaders once again explore fracking as an alternative, critics told The Local the risks were too high. READ  

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