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Spoof hails Varoufakis: puts 'hell' in 'Hellenica'
Yanis Varoufakis, Greece's "Minister of Awesome". Photo: DPA

Spoof hails Varoufakis: puts 'hell' in 'Hellenica'

An offering that rehabilitates the much-maligned German sense of humour is rocking the internet with a searing spoof metal tribute to Greece's formidable new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, filled with painful moments of self-mockery. READ  

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Nine ways landlords and tenants fell out
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Nine ways landlords and tenants fell out

As Wednesday finally brought some good news for Germany's often downtrodden flat tenants - rent caps and release from estate agent fees - we recap on a few oddities that have marked and marred rental relations in recent years. READ  

Attacks on train staff surge by 25 percent
Security staff at Frankfurt main station. Photo: DPA

Attacks on train staff surge by 25 percent

Attacks on train staff increased by 25 percent in 2014, rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) said on Wednesday, although there were fewer cases of violence against passengers. READ  

Party for tenants as coalition agrees rent cap
Rent caps and escape from broker fees signal brighter times for tenants. Photo: DPA

Party for tenants as coalition agrees rent cap

Amid growing housing shortages, the parties of Germany's coalition government have settled a long-running dispute around new draft legislation on rent increases and estate agents' fees. READ  

Berlin rapper's stunt sets off homophobia row
Photo: Bass Sultan Hengzt

Berlin rapper's stunt sets off homophobia row

Berlin rapper Bass Sultan Hengzt released an album cover calculated to smoke out homophobia among listeners, prompting what Germans love to call a “Sh*tstorm”. READ  

Measles Outbreak
Infant death sparks measles jab debate
Will compulsory vaccination be necessary? Photo: DPA

Infant death sparks measles jab debate

Scientists and politicians are debating whether to introduce compulsory vaccinations following the recent measles outbreak in Berlin, which has lead to the death of an infant and the closure of a school. READ  

Women executive quota bill 'unconstitutional'
Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Manuela Schwesig. Photo: DPA

Women executive quota bill 'unconstitutional'

As MPs meet to discuss a planned law which would force large companies and the government to hire more women managers and executives, experts say that the bill hasn't been properly drafted. READ  

MPs want free therapy for paedophiles
Workmen installing a poster advertising psychological counselling for potential paedophiles. Photo: DPA

MPs want free therapy for paedophiles

MPs from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the Bundestag (German parliament) want to force health insurance companies to pay for psychological counselling for potential paedophiles. READ  

Deutsche Bahn rejects drivers' strike ultimatum
Train drivers' union (GDL) leader Claus Weselsky with a train. Photo: DPA

Deutsche Bahn rejects drivers' strike ultimatum

Update: Deutsche Bahn (DB) has rejected an ultimatum issued by the Train Drivers' Union (GDL) on Monday, which means nationwide rail strikes may be on the horizon for Wednesday. READ  

Doctors say you should write your own sick note
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Doctors say you should write your own sick note

Researchers at the University of Magdeburg argue that workers should be able to excuse themselves from work for short periods to reduce the burden on family doctors. READ  

Expert tips on love and dating in Germany

Expert tips on love and dating in Germany

For the last in our Valentine's Day series, The Local speaks to relationship counsellor and author Eric Hegmann for some top tips about finding - and keeping - a Teutonic partner. READ  

Some very Denglisch Valentines
Photo: Colin Smith/Wikimedia. Valentine by Sabine Devins.

Some very Denglisch Valentines

Sometimes, one language alone just doesn't have the right words to express your feelings. Denglisch and The Local are here to help tell that special someone just how you feel. READ  

CDU angers Muslims with opposition to Koran
Participants in a previous Koran handout in Frankfurt in November 2014. Photo: DPA

CDU angers Muslims with opposition to Koran

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Essen will distribute the German Constitution in response to Salafists' plans to give out free copies of the Koran in the city on Saturday. But Muslim residents say they're creating a false opposition. READ  

The Local List: Valentine's special
Dating sites to find just the right Valentine
Top tip: if you've reached this point, you can probably dispense with your laptop or phone. Online dating couple photo: Shutterstock

Dating sites to find just the right Valentine

If you don't have a special someone to treat come February 14th, don't despair: the internet is here to help with more options than you can shake a box of chocolates at. READ  

German 'Bling Bishop' lands new Vatican job
Things are looking up for Bishop Tebartz-van Elst. Photo: DPA

German 'Bling Bishop' lands new Vatican job

Reports that the former Bishop of Limburg has received a new job at the Vatican, despite being ousted from his post for a €31-million spending spree, sparked bafflement on Tuesday. READ  

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