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Saxony schools get top marks
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Saxony schools get top marks

A country-wide analysis has shown that Saxony has the best schools and Berlin has a lot of homework to do. READ  

Uber drives on in Berlin
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Uber drives on in Berlin

The app-driven car service is allowed to carry on operating while courts consider its appeal. READ  

Wild Wilma's gusts claims two lives
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Wild Wilma's gusts claims two lives

Two people died in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on Monday in a traffic accident caused by Wilma's winds. READ  

Expat Dispatches
Dealing with my German Hausmeister
Apartments in Hamburg. Photo: DPA

Dealing with my German Hausmeister

The janitor in German apartment blocks (Hausmeister) often appears to have been living in the same room for decades and likes to enforce rules. Designer Tessa Sinclair Scott, a New Zealand expat in Hamburg, shares her experiences. READ  

Hamburg blog exposes bike lane blocks
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Hamburg blog exposes bike lane blocks

A dog, a mattress, a road sign - some of the stranger objects blocking cycle paths in Hamburg. A group of bloggers have hit back with a fun blog exposing things on bike lanes. READ  

'Language sets north Germans apart'
"Moin" is one of three words you need in north Germany. Photo: DPA

'Language sets north Germans apart'

Since publishing a blog post on The Local seven weeks ago about how Germans in the north of the country only need three words to communicate, Australian writer Liv Hambrett has been basking in praise from the subjects of her study. READ  

German hospitals ready for Ebola patients
Hamburg's UKE isolation ward is ready to take patients. Photo: DPA

German hospitals ready for Ebola patients

Germany's high-tech isolation wards remained on alert on Friday, ready to receive Ebola patients should they be required to. German airports seemed less prepared for the potential dangers of the viral epidemic, however. READ  

Hamburg could treat infected Ebola doctor
Liberian health workers in protective clothing bury an Ebola victim in early July. Photo: DPA

Hamburg could treat infected Ebola doctor

UPDATE: A doctor infected with the deadly Ebola virus while trying to help stop it spreading through West Africa could travel to a Hamburg clinic for treatment. READ  

Footballer Andreas Biermann dies aged 33
Biermann at Hamburg club St. Pauli. Photo: DPA

Footballer Andreas Biermann dies aged 33

A former German professional footballer committed suicide on Friday following a long battle with depression. READ  

Ryanair launches flights from Hamburg
A Ryanair flight takes off from Lübeck Airport. Photo: DPA

Ryanair launches flights from Hamburg

Ryanair will begin flying out of Hamburg later this year, scrapping its service from Lübeck Airport which is 70 kilometres away from the city and was described as "Hamburg" by the budget airline. READ  

The most expensive German cities for expats
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The most expensive German cities for expats

German cities remain cheaper than their European neighbours for expats, but have shot up international cost of living rankings. Which cities top the list for Germany? READ  

Planning minister: Build 250,000 homes a year
Building land for sale in Schleswig-Holstein. Photo: DPA

Planning minister: Build 250,000 homes a year

Planning Minister Barbara Hendricks on Thursday called for Germany to build 250,000 new homes a year to cope with housing shortages in its major cities. READ  

Dozens of pupils saved from burning bus
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Dozens of pupils saved from burning bus

Dozens of teenage pupils on a school trip to the United Kingdom narrowly escaped catastrophe when their school bus went up in flames on the motorway in the early hours of Monday morning. READ  

Have Your Say
Hamburg or Berlin for German Olympic bid?
Berlin's Olympic Stadium (l) and the Olympic flag flying in front of Hamburg city hall. Photo: DPA

Hamburg or Berlin for German Olympic bid?

Old rivals Berlin and Hamburg are battling it out to become Germany's Olympic Games host bid hopefuls. But with both cities hit by building scandals and money worries, which is best placed to host the Olympic Games? READ  

Drunk skipper bothers cruise liner
Queen Mary 2. Photo: DPA

Drunk skipper bothers cruise liner

Hamburg water police were called out on Monday night after two drunk men drove their speed boat too close for comfort to the colossal cruise liner Queen Mary 2 on the river Elbe. READ  

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