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10 things to do before summer is really over
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10 things to do before summer is really over

The German weather service (DWD) is blaming "Wild Wilma" for blanketing the country in cooler temperatures, but we know it's going to get a lot colder before the end of summer. This week's Local List challenges you to take advantage before autumn really sets in. READ  

German journalists arrested in Ferguson
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German journalists arrested in Ferguson

"To be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America," writes veteran reporter of his ordeal. READ  

Party leader demands Lenin's head
The Lenin statue in Berlin's former Leninplatz. Photo: DPA

Party leader demands Lenin's head

Gregor Gysi, the leader of the federal socialist Left party, has demanded that the 3.5-tonne head of Lenin be dug out of its wooded resting place for an exhibition on Berlin's memorial landmarks. READ  

Naked woman removed from stranger's bed
Daytime nap landed the drinker in bed and trouble. Photo: DPA

Naked woman removed from stranger's bed

A pensioner in Baden-Baden had an unexpected house guest when she found a naked 57-year-old woman sleeping in her bed. READ  

Pop-up garden springs up in Berlin
Little Wood's outdoor space. Photo: Tomas Urbina

Pop-up garden springs up in Berlin

A public temporary garden has been opened in Berlin Mitte and it's not short of visitors. But this is not just another hipster place, says co-founder Laura Parchaud. READ  

Job Talk
Knowing your right to surf at work
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Knowing your right to surf at work

You might want to check your employment contract before sending out that tweet about your lunch. READ  

Germans rescued from drowned holiday cruise
Fishermen near the island of Komodo. Photo: DPA

Germans rescued from drowned holiday cruise

Update: A group of tourists considered lost at sea for two days, including four Germans, were rescued from an Indonesian island on Sunday. READ  

Steinmeier hosts 'frank' Ukraine summit
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Steinmeier hosts 'frank' Ukraine summit

The Russian and Ukrainian foreign ministers ended "difficult" talks on the Ukraine crisis on Sunday with no concrete advances but "some progress", hosts Germany said, as clashes continued on the ground. READ  

Authors take up fight against Amazon
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Authors take up fight against Amazon

Writers have taken pen to paper in protest against Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos and his company's methods and are calling for consumers, publishers and their fellow authors to boycott the online retail giant. READ  

Missing 3.5-tonne Lenin head thwarts expo
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Missing 3.5-tonne Lenin head thwarts expo

The giant head was to be a focal point of an exhibition of monuments in Berlin next year. But culture authorities say it is lost in a local forest, the Berliner Zeitung reported on Friday. READ  

Flock flees Church over tax and opulence shock
Church spending and the religious tax has upset many nominal worshippers. Photo: DPA

Flock flees Church over tax and opulence shock

New awareness of Germany's Church tax and outrage at lavish clergy spending have triggered a rapid exodus from the Church – much to the upset of institutions that could lose millions in revenue. READ  

The Local List
Top ten reasons to learn German
What do you mean you haven't read Marx's Das Kapital in the original? Photo: DPA

Top ten reasons to learn German

Live in Germany and never learned a word? No more excuses, here are ten good reasons why now is the perfect time to buckle up and knuckle down with the lingo of Marx and Goethe. READ  

'Why should I take my kippah off?'
Uwe Dziuballa (r) with his brother Lars Ariel outside their Jewish restaurant in Chemnitz. Photo: DPA

'Why should I take my kippah off?'

Business is good at Uwe Dziuballa's Jewish restaurant in Chemnitz - but anti-Semitic attacks remain an occupational hazard. The restaurateur is on a mission to put the joy back into German-Jewish life. 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  

German of the Week
From punk photographer to Berghain bouncer
Sven Marquardt is Berghain's notoriously tough bouncer. Photo: DPA

From punk photographer to Berghain bouncer

"Night is Life": so runs the title of a book to be published on Friday by Sven Marquardt, the merciless bouncer of Berlin's world-famous Berghain club. He may be hard to get past, but our German of the Week also has a sensitive side. READ  

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