The German conservatives' historic election drubbing was all the more bitter after some of Chancellor Angela Merkel's closest allies lost their constituencies - while Merkel's own region also went to SPD.
When things start to get colder and darker across Germany and Austria, the change comes quickly. To compensate for the lack of sunlight, the locals have come up with a typical solution – get busier. Here are some handy tips to help you make it through the the months ahead.
After the centre-left Social Democrats edged victory in the German federal elections, furious coalition talks are getting underway. Here's what you need to know about Germany's three possible coalition governments.
Doing your tax return in Germany can be a famously complex process. The tax authorities don't always make things easy for English speakers either. Here, a tax expert helps you understand exactly what you can claim in order to lower your tax bill.
Like many people, the Local Germany reader Michelle Jung, who runs a childcare centre, had lots of ups and downs while trying to visit her home country of the UK this summer. Here's how confusing Covid travel rules affected her plans.
The US will soon allow vaccinated travellers to re-enter the country after an 18-month ban. Here's what it means for people travelling between Germany and the US.
Germany's state health ministers have agreed to scrap quarantine compensation for unvaccinated employees from November 1st. Here's what you need to know.
It's not just for vacations or sick leave: there are many situations in Germany where you can take paid time off. We break them down.
Angela Merkel is leaving office after 16 years with high approval ratings and at a time of her own choosing. How might Germans look back on her time in office? Aaron Burnett explores her legacy and how she's influencing the next chancellor.
German is a notoriously challenging language, not least for its complex grammatical system. Just remember to avoid the following common pitfalls as an English speaker, and you'll sound like a native in no time.
Brits who lived in Germany before Brexit are supposed to be issued a residence card - but long waits have meant that not everyone has received theirs just yet. So what do you do if you're meant to be travelling abroad in the near future?
Economics experts believe the country's ageing population and ongoing skills gap could mean that workers in Germany are in for a pay rise.
These apps will give you the perfect head-start when you arrive in Germany, helping you to make friends, use your language skills, connect with neighbours and keep up with what's going on.
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