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World welcomes Merkel's face-off with Putin
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World welcomes Merkel's face-off with Putin

Chancellor Angela Merkel was unflinching in her criticisms of President Vladimir Putin of Russia in a Bundestag speech seen as confirming a turning point in German foreign policy on Wednesday. READ  

Opinion
'What next? A tourist tax on pavements?'
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'What next? A tourist tax on pavements?'

A road toll targeted at foreign drivers is a rare backward step for Germany. Anti-European, anti-open borders, anti-tourism; it is a terrible way to fill the black hole in the infrastructure budget, argues Tom Bristow. READ  

Analysis
How rocky is Germany's economy?
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How rocky is Germany's economy?

A plunge in industrial output, poor job figures and falling consumer confidence - recent data has shaken belief in Germany's economy. But economists are divided on how weak it really is. READ  

'Germany can handle more refugees'
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'Germany can handle more refugees'

Germany is the most popular destination in the EU for those fleeing the brutal onslaught in Syria. The country’s interior minister wants other European countries to take in more refugees, but some groups think Germany should do more. READ  

Analysis
Why Germany fears US digital disruptors
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Why Germany fears US digital disruptors

Every week brings a new headline pitting German politicians, businesses or unions against a US digital company. What is the country's problem with US tech businesses? READ  

Why some Bavarians want a Scottish 'Yes'
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Why some Bavarians want a Scottish 'Yes'

One group in Germany is taking a particularly keen interest in the Scottish referendum on independence - the Bavarian Party. The separatist party's chairman tells The Local why he is rooting for the Scottish nationalists. READ  

Opinion
In defence of Uber: Three reasons it beats taxis
Frederik Roeder (centre) demonstrating in favour of Uber in Berlin. Photo: DPA

In defence of Uber: Three reasons it beats taxis

As Uber and its chauffeur app continue to operate in Germany despite a national ban, one faithful user tells The Local why he became a fan of the company and the app from day one. READ  

View from Germany
'Shariah Police are testing our rule of law'
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'Shariah Police are testing our rule of law'

German politicians and media have called for stricter laws against radical Islamist propaganda after a group of ultra-conservative Salafists took to the streets calling itself the "Shariah Police". READ  

Have Your Say
Should Germany legalize cannabis?
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Should Germany legalize cannabis?

A New York Times editorial on Sunday called for the US to drop its ban on marijuana, calling the strongly-worded law a "laughing stock". Should Germany follow the US states of Colorado and Washington and legalize recreational use of the drug? READ  

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
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'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  

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