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How Germany invented Christmas as we know it
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How Germany invented Christmas as we know it

Around the world, Christmas is associated with a feeling of coziness and togetherness, and gift giving. The roots of this can arguably be traced back to Germany.

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Third gender option for birth certificates approved in Bundestag

Third gender option for birth certificates approved in Bundestag

Germany has passed a change in law that allows for people to opt for a third gender option on official forms.

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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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.

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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How Brexit is fuelling stress and anxiety for vulnerable Brits in Europe

How Brexit is fuelling stress and anxiety for vulnerable Brits in Europe

For many of the 1.2 million Brits living in the EU, as well as the 3 million EU citizens in the UK, a no-deal Brexit threatens a spate of life-changing repercussions. And the process is taking a toll on people's mental health.

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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What you need to know about the abortion law battle that divides Germany
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What you need to know about the abortion law battle that divides Germany

The debate over Germany's controversial Nazi-era abortion law is dominating the Bundestag right now. We looked at how the country is dealing with this divisive issue - and spoke to the doctor fighting for change.

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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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.

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.

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: Schusselig

German word of the day: Schusselig

Do you have a tendency to be scatterbrained or maybe slightly clumsy? If so, today's word might come in handy.

RECAP: Brits in Europe vent anger after May postpones Brexit vote

RECAP: Brits in Europe vent anger after May postpones Brexit vote

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has formally told the UK Parliament that the vote has been postponed because there is not enough support for the current backstop solution to avoid a hard border in Ireland. She has said she will go back to the EU to improve on the deal, especially with regards to the backstop. Rights groups in Europe have expressed anger that the vote was postponed.

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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Sweden starts laying the groundwork for snap election

Sweden starts laying the groundwork for snap election

Sweden's government talks are set to continue after parliament on Friday rejected Stefan Löfven as prime minister, with the threat of a snap election looming larger on the horizon.

 

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Frankfurt confident it is the big Brexit-relocation winner: Special report

Frankfurt confident it is the big Brexit-relocation winner: Special report

London remains the world's number one finance hub. But is Frankfurt catching up? Either way, bank after bank is relocating from the UK to Europe because of Brexit 'passporting' fears.

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.