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Quiz: How well do you know your German geography?
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Quiz: How well do you know your German geography?

Test your knowledge of Germany's cities and states, rivers and lakes.

Five reasons to meet up in Geneva in 2019

Five reasons to meet up in Geneva in 2019

Together is a powerful word. It’s one that - no matter what - evokes feelings of love and joy. Geneva, a Swiss gem at the gateway to the Alps, is the ideal place to get together in 2019, and this is why.

 
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German court suspends trial of ex-SS death camp guard

German court suspends trial of ex-SS death camp guard

A German judge on Thursday suspended the trial of a former Nazi concentration camp guard after the 95-year-old defendant was hospitalized for serious heart and kidney problems.

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

Valletta, Malta’s small but mighty capital, still feels like one of the Med’s undiscovered gems. But it won’t stay that way for long. The Local’s commercial editor, Sophie Miskiw, explored 2018's Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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Merkel still has 'hope' for an orderly Brexit

Merkel still has 'hope' for an orderly Brexit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced "hope" Wednesday that Britain could still quit the EU in an orderly manner but said a European summit would not bring any changes to the Brexit agreement.

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Our geographically-savvy readers are probably already aware that Estonia is not part of the Nordics (yet). It is, however, very close to its Nordic neighbours, both physically and culturally.

 
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Germany softens firing rules to lure banks fleeing Brexit

Germany softens firing rules to lure banks fleeing Brexit

The German government agreed Wednesday a draft law that would loosen restrictions on firing top-paid bankers, one of a string of measures designed to ease the financial sector through Brexit.

QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

Iceland may have a population of just over 330,000 people (all with equally unpronounceable names) but that doesn't stop it churning out a stream of globally-renowned people. Take our quiz to discover your Icelandic spirit animal.

 
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Tip of the week: When can my landlord raise the rent?
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Tip of the week: When can my landlord raise the rent?

Tenants rights are fairly robust in Germany, but they only lay at your disposal if you know how to use them. This week we talk you through when your landlord is allowed to raise your rent - and when he could be pulling a fast one.

What you should know about gift-giving in the German workplace

What you should know about gift-giving in the German workplace

From football game tickets to a bottle of wine, giving and receiving gifts especially around Christmas time is common in business relationships. But do so with caution as there can be consequences that come with it.

Where in Germany do all the Americans live?
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Where in Germany do all the Americans live?

Want to know the German cities where it’s easiest to find a craft-brewed beer, drink iced coffee and speak English? Probably the ones most influenced by their large American populations.

Opinion: How Germany's higher ed model holds true to the real value of universities
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Opinion: How Germany's higher ed model holds true to the real value of universities

Germany may not top worldwide university ranking charts, but holds true to values of education - especially in contrast with fee-seeking university in countries such as the U.S. or parts of the U.K.

Deutsche Bahn price increases to kick in this weekend

Deutsche Bahn price increases to kick in this weekend

Complaints about Deutsche Bahn's lateness, cancellations and high prices are frequent. The company has said a new round of price increases, set to come into effect this weekend, will add new routes, improve connections and address customer concerns.

German Word of the Day: Der Faulpelz

German Word of the Day: Der Faulpelz

Similar to the English 'lazy-bones', Faulpelz can be used to describe someone who is a bit of a coach potato, or simply plain lazy.

UK can cancel Brexit before March 29th without EU’s consent, ECJ rules

UK can cancel Brexit before March 29th without EU’s consent, ECJ rules

A new option has become available to the UK in the Brexit process as the European Court of Justice ruled that revoking Article 50 unilaterally is a possibility.

Weekend Wanderlust: Hiking to the heart of Potsdam

Weekend Wanderlust: Hiking to the heart of Potsdam

With dreamy pastel colours, grand architecture and sweeping nature scenes, entering Potsdam and its largest district Babelsberg, feels a bit like escaping into another world, especially if you’ve come from industrial-style Berlin. We explored this gorgeous corner of Brandenburg.

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 Ford accused of 'treachery' in France over factory closure in south west

Ford accused of 'treachery' in France over factory closure in south west

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire accused Ford of "treachery" and "cowardice" on Thursday in a furious reaction to the US automaker's decision to shutter a factory near Bordeaux and snub a potential buyer.

 

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10 German words you need to know when looking for a job

10 German words you need to know when looking for a job

German is not always the most intuitive language in the world, and looking for a job can leave you lost in a sea of unfamiliar vocabulary. So here’s a chance to brush up on some of the words you’ll need most when you go job-hunting.

5 key things you need to know about German working culture
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5 key things you need to know about German working culture

If you’re keen on moving here for work and want a heads up on the cultural differences in the German workplace, we’ve spoken to an intercultural trainer to find out the pertinent things you should know – and how you can deal with them.