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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

What Britain has yet to learn from Germany
January 26, 2016

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

Even police can be idiots and incendiaries
January 20, 2016

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

Refugees shouldn’t be deported for sex crimes
January 11, 2016

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

Why scandals won't rock Germany's good image
October 19, 2015

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

Don't give Pegida the rope to hang themselves
October 13, 2015

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
Germany takes refugees because it cares
Haha! Dave doesn't realise I've already taken all the best refugees. Photo: DPA

Germany takes refugees because it cares
September 07, 2015

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.

Opinion
GDL union is danger to itself and others
Hamburg's empty main station during a previous rail strike. Photo: DPA

GDL union is danger to itself and others
May 19, 2015

Opinion
Stop mass deaths in the Mediterranean
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Stop mass deaths in the Mediterranean
April 21, 2015

Opinion
'What next? A tourist tax on pavements?'
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'What next? A tourist tax on pavements?'
November 04, 2014

Analysis
How rocky is Germany's economy?
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How rocky is Germany's economy?
October 07, 2014

'Germany can handle more refugees'
Refugees in emergency accommodation in Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA

'Germany can handle more refugees'
September 23, 2014

Analysis
Why Germany fears US digital disruptors
Angela Merkel with her official Blackberry phone

Why Germany fears US digital disruptors
September 23, 2014

Why some Bavarians want a Scottish 'Yes'
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Why some Bavarians want a Scottish 'Yes'
September 10, 2014

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