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7 ways Germans get English totally wrong
Don't let their confidence fool you: Germans aren't always the best at English. Photo: DPA.

7 ways Germans get English totally wrong

1 day ago

As much as English-speakers might feel insecure about their Deutsch skills when faced with Germans' comparatively widespread grasp of English, Germans themselves often mess up English - in some pretty hilarious ways.

Berlin orchestra's Tehran concert blocked by Iran
Daniel Barenboim. Photo: DPA

Berlin orchestra's Tehran concert blocked by Iran

3 days ago

Iran has barred famed conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the Islamic republic because of his Israeli citizenship, thwarting his plan to lead a performance in Tehran, media reported Sunday.

Interview
'Berlin is kind of like the best American city'
Canadian composer and performer Owen Pallett. Photo: Brian Vu

'Berlin is kind of like the best American city'

August 28, 2015

The Local speaks with Oscar-nominated Canadian musician Owen Pallett about performing at legendary Berlin club Berghain - and just why the world's artists are so fascinated with the German capital.

This Week in History
The day that 'sealed East Germany's fate'
At 3am on August 23rd, MPs applauded as the People's Chamber set a date for reunification. Photo: DPA

The day that 'sealed East Germany's fate'

August 27, 2015

After the Berlin Wall was destroyed in 1989, East and West Germany still had a long way to go before they could become one nation. But in August 1990, the date was finally set for the birth of reunified Germany.

Berlin orchestra angers Israel with Iran concert
Renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim is under attack by Israel's government. Photo: DPA

Berlin orchestra angers Israel with Iran concert

August 27, 2015

Israeli-Argentinian conductor Daniel Barenboim is hoping to take one of Germany's top orchestras to Iran to perform a concert there, the Berlin State Opera said Thursday, drawing angry protests from Israel.

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Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame
Big Brother keeping an eye on Big Ben. Photo: DPA

Ten ways Germany puts Britain to shame

August 26, 2015

As most true Brits realized long ago, there are a lot of reasons why Britain is pretty rubbish. Jörg Luyken argues that his fellow Brits should pack their bags and move to Deutschland.

Gabriel visits Saxony after weekend of violence
Protests in Heidenau turned violent as right-wing demonstrators clashed with police at the weekend. Photo:DPA.

Gabriel visits Saxony after weekend of violence

August 24, 2015

Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel is to visit the Saxon town of Heidenau on Monday after far right demonstrators clashed with police outside a refugee home in the town over the weekend.

Museum opens world of the Brothers Grimm
Hänsel and Gretel, by Alexander Zick (1845 - 1907) Image: Wikipedia

Museum opens world of the Brothers Grimm

August 19, 2015

With less than three weeks to go before 'Grimmwelt' opens its doors to the public, visitors to Kassel's newest attraction can soon immerse themselves in the imaginations of two of Germany's - and the world's - most famous storytellers.

German teen actor killed at music fest
Teen actor Fynn Henkel at the premiere of the film The Black Brothers. Photo: DPA.

German teen actor killed at music fest

August 19, 2015

Up-and-coming actor Fynn Henkel was killed at Budapest's Sziget music festival by a falling tree branch, German and Hungarian media reported on Tuesday.

Oktoberfest reveals official beer mug of 2015
This lady will have to up her game if she wants to be a credible beer server at Oktoberfest. Photo: DPA

Oktoberfest reveals official beer mug of 2015

August 18, 2015

As work begins to pitch the tents and stock the bars for Oktoberfest in Munich, the festival organizers gathered on Tuesday to present the official litre mug that will grace the hands of visitors this year.

Video
Klum fires back at Trump's skin-deep jab
German supermodel Heidi Klum doesn't care what billionaire Donald Trump says. Photo: DPA.

Klum fires back at Trump's skin-deep jab

August 18, 2015

German supermodel Heidi Klum released a video on Monday to show that she’s not going to let disparaging comments by billionaire American presidential hopeful Donald Trump get her down.

World Left Handers Day
Meet some of Germany's famous lefties
Was Beethoven Germany's most famous leftie? Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Meet some of Germany's famous lefties

August 13, 2015

As the world celebrates its 24th annual Left Handers Day on August 13th, The Local takes a look at some of the most famous lefties Germany has produced over the centuries.

Astronomy
How best to watch the Perseid meteor shower
Photo: DPA

How best to watch the Perseid meteor shower

August 12, 2015

As Germany gears up to welcome in the 2015 Perseid meteor shower, The Local finds out how we can best experience one of the calendar's most stunning astronomical events.

Greece crisis
Berlin to have position on bailout by week's end
Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Photo: DPA.

Berlin to have position on bailout by week's end

August 12, 2015

Update: Germany said on Wednesday it still needed time to review an international bailout agreement hammered out by Greece and its creditors, but aimed to take a stance by the week's end.

25 years of learning English in East Germany
Friends of Sommerschule Wust celebrate 25 years of language learning. Photo: Scott Usatorres

25 years of learning English in East Germany

August 12, 2015

As 'Sommerschule Wust' celebrates its 25th birthday, The Local asks how this English language school in an East German village of 500 inhabitants has remained so popular for so long.

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