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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

By abusing the power to bring the country to a halt at a stroke, train drivers' union GDL is endangering rights for all workers - and its own cause, argues The Local editor Tom Barfield.

Opinion
Stop mass deaths in the Mediterranean
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Stop mass deaths in the Mediterranean

April 21, 2015

After a boat with more than 900 people on board sank off the Libyan coast on Sunday, Amnesty International's General Secretary for Germany Selmin Çalışkan calls for change in Europe's Mediterranean policy.

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

November 27, 2014

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.

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

November 04, 2014

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.

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

October 07, 2014

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.

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

'Germany can handle more refugees'

September 23, 2014

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.

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

Why Germany fears US digital disruptors

September 23, 2014

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?

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

September 10, 2014

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.

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

September 09, 2014

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.

View from Germany

'Shariah Police are testing our rule of law'

September 09, 2014

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".

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

July 29, 2014

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?

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'

July 22, 2014

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.

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

July 15, 2014

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.

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

July 11, 2014

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?

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'

July 08, 2014

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.

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