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Opinion
Nice was an attack on France, not on Germany
A mourner in Nice. Photo: DPA

German political leaders were quick to say the Nice rampage was an attack on us as well. This plays into fears about refugees and justifies clampdowns on individual liberty, argues Jörg Luyken.

Opinion
Nuremberg's past has chilling message for the modern USA
Nuremberg. Photo: DPA

A retired American journalist recently visited his son in Germany. A trip to Nuremberg in Bavaria left him asking if the US is seeing a second ‘Triumph of the Will’.

Britain's Future in Europe
Brits: Why vote away your right to move in Europe?
The last view of Britain: the White Cliffs of Dover from a ferry. Photo: Luctor/WikimediaCommons

The right to move around Europe is an incredible privilege. Brits about to vote in their referendum should know that this right is at risk, says The Local's Managing Editor James Savage.

Opinion - Brexit
British expats: have your say in this historic decision
British Europe Minister, David Lidington, says Brits should register to vote. Photo: Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Many Brits abroad have the right to vote on Britain's future in the EU. They should use it, David Lidington, British Europe Minister, writes for The Local.

Brexit
Brexit would leave expats in 'ghastly' legal limbo for years
Photo: Paul Lloyd/FLickr

The rights of two million Britons living in the EU would be thrown into doubt for years after Brexit, a new report will conclude.

Merkel blamed as populists surge across Germany
Supporters of Alternative für Deutschland celebrate gains in the Saxony-Anhalt state elections on Sunday. Photo: DPA

Right-wing populism has long been taboo in Germany – but Sunday's regional elections show how this has changed.

Opinion - Brexit
Brits in EU: It's your future, so act now to keep Britain in
Photo: Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP

If you're a Brit living elsewhere in the EU, June's referendum affects you personally. Here's how you can make a difference, George Cunningham writes.

Opinion: US Presidential election
US Expats: Whoever you vote for, get out and vote!
A man dressed as Uncle Sam at Republican candidate Ted Cruz's election night party on Super Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Many expats fail to vote from abroad - despite the US elections' huge impact on their lives.

Opinion: Learning from the past
What Britain has yet to learn from Germany
German Chancellor Willy Brandt kneels before the memorial to the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, December 7th 1970. Photo: DPA

Britain has failed to learn from its past and draw lessons for the future in the same way as Germany - and that's a shame, argues Tom Barfield.

Opinion: Crime among refugees
Even police can be idiots and incendiaries
Police voices have been increasingly loud since the sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Photo: DPA

Police unions are doing more harm than good with repeated panic-laden interventions in the refugee debate, argues the head of the Federation of German Detectives.

Opinion: New Year's Eve sexual assaults
Refugees shouldn’t be deported for sex crimes
The picture says: "Deportation. Germany." Photo: DPA

In the wake of the Cologne sexual assaults, many are calling for refugees found guilty of such crimes to be deported. This is not morally justifiable, argues The Local's Jörg Luyken.

Germany's reputation
Why scandals won't rock Germany's good image
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech to the Volkswagen works meeting at the Volkswagen parent plant in Wolfsburg. Photo: DPA

Allegations of cheating and corruption have dented the image of some of Germany’s most respected institutions. But the country’s welcome for refugees is far more important for its image, the world's leading expert on national image tells The Local.

Opinion
Don't give Pegida the rope to hang themselves
A guillotine at a Pegida demo on Monday. Photo: DPA

Pegida is a reactionary and xenophobic movement. But applying double standards to the group and belittling its followers is only scratching an already infected wound, argues The Local reporter Jörg Luyken.

Refugee crisis

According to the BBC, some British leaders are annoyed Germany is getting the pick of refugees coming to the EU. The Local Germany editor Tom Barfield responds that the country's good-guy image is no facade for greedy self-interest.

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