Merkel urges Germans to stick to facts on refugee crime

Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted on Wednesday that Germany's record refugee influx last year had not led to a surge in violent crime, amid a rash of headline-grabbing cases.


How to get British healthcare no matter where you are

Navigating the health care system in another country can be tough, and even when it all works out, sometimes you just miss the comfort of the system back home. But there's a solution.



10 German Christmas cookies you have to bake this winter

These festive cookies will send your senses into paroxysms of yuletide joy.


The key to launching your international career

In an increasingly globalised world, how do you get an education that's simultaneously international and personal? For many students, the answer is EU Business School.


These are Berlin's seven most exquisite restaurants

The capital city still hasn't managed to snag three stars in the new 2017 Michelin guide released on Thursday, but it still boasts seven two-star eateries. Here's a look at what they have to offer.


Becoming an expat: where to start

Making the decision to move abroad isn't something to be taken lightly. There's plenty of boxes to be ticked, forms to be filled out, and general planning to be done. But where do you actually start?


Rail worker jailed over train crash that killed 12

A German rail dispatcher who admitted that his negligence caused a train crash that killed 12 people has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.


Missing Hamburg cop found dead in suspected suicide

A 22-year-old police officer was discovered dead after a six-day search, not far from the train station where she was last seen.

Suspect arrested for sex attacks on Chinese students in west Germany

Officials said on Tuesday that they had arrested a 31-year-old man living in a refugee home after two Chinese students reported being sexually assaulted in recent months near Bochum University.

10 ways Frankfurt is no longer Germany's capital of dull

If you're a banker about to be sent from London to Frankfurt, don't worry! "Mainhattan" is now a thriving cultural hub, argues the Frankfurt Expat blog.

How new German rules are holding refugee families apart

Germany, trying to staunch the flow of Syrian refugees, has placed high hurdles for them to be reunited with their families, creating a Kafkaesque nightmare in the courts.

Celebrating Nikolaus before Christmas

Each December 6th, children in Germany celebrate Nikolaus. But why does the Santa look-alike come so early and why do all the children place their shoes outside their front doors on the evening before? The Local has the lowdown.


Norwegian teen confesses to schoolyard double murder

A 15-year-old ethnic Norwegian boy has confessed to Monday's double murder at a primary school in Kristiansand.




Grasping the umlaut: refugee kids adapt to German schools

For young refugees, school is the first step back to a normal life. But it also comes with a difficult adjustment phase - for pupils as for teachers.