LIVE: Germany goes to the polls as Merkel era ends

LIVE: Germany goes to the polls as Merkel era ends

Follow The Local's live blog throughout Sunday for the results of the crucial 2021 German federal election and all the reaction that follows. (Refresh the page for all the latest updates.)

Gaffe-prone Merkel party candidate in ballot blunder

Gaffe-prone Merkel party candidate in ballot blunder

EXPLAINED: Why Germany’s post-election forecast may not reflect the final result

EXPLAINED: Why Germany’s post-election forecast may not reflect the final result

Olaf Scholz: the Social Democrat channelling Merkel in succession bid

Olaf Scholz: the Social Democrat channelling Merkel in succession bid

EXPLAINED: The ‘special’ days when you can get paid time off in Germany
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EXPLAINED: The ‘special’ days when you can get paid time off in Germany

Race wide open as Germany votes in post-Merkel election

Race wide open as Germany votes in post-Merkel election

Greens face dashed hopes but new leverage with German vote

Greens face dashed hopes but new leverage with German vote

Discovering Germany the hyperlocal way

Discovering Germany the hyperlocal way

If the last 18 months has taught us anything in Germany, it's that we've often overlooked what's right in front of us. From coffee roasteries to microbreweries and much more besides, Germans are embracing the 'hyperlocal' to live more sustainably and support their communities. Find out how you can join in.

How to avoid a shock from your next German power bill

How to avoid a shock from your next German power bill

Five factors that will shape your life in Europe in the 2020s

Five factors that will shape your life in Europe in the 2020s

Seven ways to pay less tax in Germany

Seven ways to pay less tax in Germany

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TIMELINE: How Germany’s ‘Super Election Day’ is set to unfold

TIMELINE: How Germany’s ‘Super Election Day’ is set to unfold

Germans are heading to the polls today in an election like no other - but when will people vote, and when will we know the results? Here's what's in store on Sunday and Monday.

Talking elephants and grumpy politicians: Four things that will happen after the German elections

Talking elephants and grumpy politicians: Four things that will happen after the German elections

International careers: top tips for improving your communication skills

International careers: top tips for improving your communication skills

Ever found pursuing an international career creates certain challenges when it comes to communication – or, should we say, miscommunication? Two experts at the University of Cambridge guide you through how to become a better communicator and avoid the pitfalls of international workplaces.

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What it was like navigating Covid travel rules to get home to the UK from Germany

What it was like navigating Covid travel rules to get home to the UK from Germany

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.

What you need to know about travelling between Germany and the US
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What you need to know about travelling between Germany and the US

How travel rules from Germany to England have become stricter

How travel rules from Germany to England have become stricter

UPDATE: UK says European travellers with mixed Covid doses do now count as ‘fully vaccinated’

UPDATE: UK says European travellers with mixed Covid doses do now count as ‘fully vaccinated’

OPINION: Deadly mask row shows comparing German government to Nazis is dangerously inflaming tensions

OPINION: Deadly mask row shows comparing German government to Nazis is dangerously inflaming tensions

The killing of a gas station worker in Germany after a Covid mask row has caused outrage. Although an extreme incident, inflammatory rhetoric about pandemic rules has been rising in the country. Michael Stuchbery examines the dangers of this.

What’s behind the falling Covid cases in Germany?
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What’s behind the falling Covid cases in Germany?

An era ends: How will Germany and the world remember the Merkel years?

An era ends: How will Germany and the world remember the Merkel years?

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.

ANALYSIS: Will a controversial police raid influence the German election?

ANALYSIS: Will a controversial police raid influence the German election?

Four common mistakes English speakers make when learning German
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Four common mistakes English speakers make when learning German

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.

German words you need to know: Die Verschlimmbesserung

German words you need to know: Die Verschlimmbesserung

Reader question: How can I re-enter Germany without my post-Brexit residence card?

Reader question: How can I re-enter Germany without my post-Brexit residence card?

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?

Passport stamps: What British residents in the EU need to know when crossing borders

Passport stamps: What British residents in the EU need to know when crossing borders

10 apps to download if you’re moving to Germany
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10 apps to download if you’re moving to Germany

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.

Munich and Berlin among the ‘most popular university cities in the world’

Munich and Berlin among the ‘most popular university cities in the world’