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Parents blast principal who ordered kids to strip naked
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The principal at a school near Düsseldorf is being investigated for forcing two students from a neighbouring school to strip naked in his office.

Munich students predict Game of Thrones deaths with app
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Students at the Technical University (TU) of Munich have built an app that predicts which characters on legendarily bloody TV show Game of Thrones will be next to die.

German IT students play XXL Tetris on university building
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Four German IT students turned the rooms of an entire university building into pixels for their flat screen and now use it to hunt that Tetris high score.

Hamburg left rejects call for German flags outside schools
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Conservatives in Hamburg met with ridicule on Monday after they proposed ordering all public schools to raise German and European flags.

No space for Allah as German unis close prayer rooms
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Three leading German universities have closed down pray rooms used by Muslims, sparking accusations they are singling Muslims out for unfair treatment.

German unis offer 'best deal' for foreign students in Europe
Students at LMU Munich, ranked the top university in Germany. Photo: DPA.

A new report shows that German universities are second only to the UK in terms of quality - and that they also beat out their British rivals in cost, lack of red tape and easier visa regulations.

Med school: top minister plagiarized her thesis
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen. Photo: DPA.

Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, tipped as a possible successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel, plagiarized parts of her thesis but is allowed to keep her doctorate because there was no "deliberate deception".

School books CAN call D-Day 'invasion': Berlin court
The Normandy landings. Photo: DPA

A parent demanded that a book taught at his son’s school which described the Second World War D-Day landings as an invasion be taken off the curriculum. A Berlin court disagreed.

Why educated Germans avoid social media
Hint: it's not because of the young people. Photo: DPA

Statistics show that unlike other industrial nations, more highly-educated Germans avoid social networks than people with little or no education. The Local uncovers the facts behind the figures.

Bremerhaven zoo greets baby polar bear
Valeska the polar bear curls up protectively around her cub. Photo: Zoo am Meer Bremerhaven

Bremerhaven's Zoo by the Sea (Zoo am Meer) was celebrating this week after the latest happy event for mother polar bear Valeska.

Berlin museum hopes giant T-Rex will be big hit
Tristan will "transform the perception" of the museum, said Vogel. Photo: Hannah Butler

With the Berlin Natural History Museum preparing to display Europe's first ever Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton this week, The Local spoke to Prof. Johannes Vogel, museum director, to find out what makes Tristan the T-Rex so important.

Why homework is a total waste of kids’ time
Should children only learn at school? Photo: DPA

A new book called “Homework, no thanks!” has caused a storm among parents and teachers in Germany due to its claim that giving children homework is an exercise in pointlessness.

Berlin named Germany's best city for students
Two students sit beneath the statue of Alexander von Humboldt outside the Humboldt University on Unter den Linden. Photo: DPA

Berlin has been named the best city in Germany for students in 2016, leaping up a global ranking in the last 12 months to overtake Munich.

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5 ways German schools trump the US and UK
Students in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

A new report reveals how Germany's education system stacks up against the United States and the UK - with good news for kids in the Federal Republic.

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