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Cosmetics chain sparks toothpaste price war
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Cosmetics chain sparks toothpaste price war

August 26, 2015

Customers at dm cosmetics shops across Germany have been caught up in a toothpaste price war, after the shops announced they would "strike" over Colgate's decision to sell smaller packages for the same price.

German gadget clamps down on Nutella thieves
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German gadget clamps down on Nutella thieves

August 26, 2015

For many, opening the cupboard to find someone else in your family or flatshare has finished the Nutella jar is the stuff of nightmares. But one man in Germany has come up with a way to help Nutella lovers protect their hoard from wandering spoons and fingers.

Hamburg nuclear plant on road to demolition
The Krümmel nuclear power plant near Hamburg. Photo: DPA

Hamburg nuclear plant on road to demolition

August 26, 2015

Swedish energy company Vattenfall announced on Tuesday that it had applied for permission to dismantle a nuclear power plant near Hamburg that has been out of action since 2007.

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Is Germany's home office dream disintegrating?
Microsoft no longers requires employees to turn up to the office. Photo: DPA

Is Germany's home office dream disintegrating?

August 24, 2015

While working from home has long been trumpeted as a stress-free alternative to siting in an office all day long, the trend has stubbornly failed to take on in Germany.

DAX index suffers plunge over Asia fears
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DAX index suffers plunge over Asia fears

August 24, 2015

Germany's most important stock market index continued to suffer the effects of plunging confidence in Asia on Monday, losing around four percent of its value after a sharp fall in early-morning trading.

Report: German wealth shrank by 15% in decade
A house for sale. A report shows that a slump in housing prices led to Germans' private assets dropping. Photo: DPA.

Report: German wealth shrank by 15% in decade

August 20, 2015

A new study shows that the value of private household assets has actually dropped over the past decade, contradicting prior reports.

German cities struggle with housing shortage
A construction site in Dresden. Photo: DPA

German cities struggle with housing shortage

August 19, 2015

Too few new flats are being built in Germany's largest cities even as oversupply looms in rural areas, experts at the Institute for the German Economy (IW) in Cologne warned on Wednesday.

German firm to take over 14 Greek airports
Frankfurt airport, operated by Fraport. Photo: DPA.

German firm to take over 14 Greek airports

August 18, 2015

Greece's radical left Syriza government on Tuesday approved its first privatization granting a concession of more than a dozen key regional airports to Germany's Fraport-Slentel consortium in a deal worth €1.23 billion.

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Fitting in with Germans key to finding work
Two young engineers from southern Europe at a showroom in Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA.

Fitting in with Germans key to finding work

August 17, 2015

Engineers are in high demand in Germany, with some predicting the country will continue to have an engineering shortfall well into the future. The Local asked a career adviser how foreign job-seekers can get ahead in the race to snag a position.

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Merkel defends tough line on Greece
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Merkel defends tough line on Greece

August 16, 2015

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday defended her government's hard line in negotiations with Greece on a new rescue package, saying it had spurred Athens to commit to necessary reforms.

Germany beats France despite slow growth
Workers building a CNC lathe at a factory in Chemnitz, Lower Saxony. Photo: DPA

Germany beats France despite slow growth

August 14, 2015

The German economy, Europe's biggest, grew by 0.4 percent in the second quarter of 2015, fractionally faster than in the preceding three months, but slightly short of analyst expectations, official data showed on Friday.

BMW may have rights to Google's new name
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BMW may have rights to Google's new name

August 12, 2015

Germany's BMW said Tuesday it was checking the "trademark implications" of Google naming its new parent company Alphabet, which is the registered name of one of the carmaker's subsidiaries.

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Technology clouds line between work and play
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Technology clouds line between work and play

August 10, 2015

Nearly half of German employees admit to reading job-related emails in their free time, making it more difficult for them to relax as the line between work time and chill time becomes increasingly blurred, a new study reported on Monday.

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The online MBA with campus and community
EU Online MBA students listen to guest lecturer Kumar Barua at the on-campus week in Munich in March 2015. Photo: EU Business School

The online MBA with campus and community

August 06, 2015

Can there really be an 'online campus'? And can you make a top-notch MBA accessible anywhere in the world? The Local speaks with Dr. James Mulli, Director of Online Programmes at EU Business School, for answers.

Start-up helps new Berliners slash red tape
Hate waiting in line at the Bürgeramt? There's a company that lets you pay to get the perfect appointment. Photo: DPA.

Start-up helps new Berliners slash red tape

July 30, 2015

Why waste time jumping through the hoops of German bureaucracy when you can pay someone else to take the hassle off your hands? A new Berlin company is offering to do just that - and it's got city officials fuming in the process.

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