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Breaking: German spy chief Maaßen removed from his post

Breaking: German spy chief Maaßen removed from his post

The German government said Tuesday it was relieving controversial spy chief Hans-Georg Maaßen of his duties and moving him to a different post, defusing a row that had rocked Chancellor Angela Merkel's fragile coalition.

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10 things you should never do in Germany

10 things you should never do in Germany

Every country has its own unique cultural dos and don’ts. You won’t get a round of applause for remembering the dos, but you can get into seriously hot water for forgetting the don’ts. To help you out, here’s The Local’s guide to 10 things you should never do in Germany.

 
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A laughing matter: Looking beyond the stereotype of the serious German
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A laughing matter: Looking beyond the stereotype of the serious German

Germans have long been stereotyped for being humourless, and even have a word, Treppenwitz, that implies getting to a joke too late. Is it true that Germans miss the punchline?

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Learn a language in three months (and get all your lessons for free)

Learn a language in three months (and get all your lessons for free)

Anyone who says learning a foreign language is easy is pulling your leg. But if you commit to learning every day, find the right combination of teachers (and technology), you can speak a new tongue in just three months.

 
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Bavaria - the reality behind a state defined by kitschy cliches

Bavaria - the reality behind a state defined by kitschy cliches

Few parts of Germany conjure up as many cliches in the minds of outsiders like Bavaria. Internationally, Bavarian tradition is almost synonymous with Germany. But as the wealthy state gears up for elections, a lot is changing there.

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Is an MBA the trick to launching your international career?

Is an MBA the trick to launching your international career?

An MBA could be what you need to take the elusive next step in your career.

 
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Sign up today for half price student membership with The Local

Sign up today for half price student membership with The Local

We want students to be able to read all the articles we produce about studying and living in Germany. As such, we’ve created a special half price membership offer.

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Urban Sport of the Week: Bouldering

Urban Sport of the Week: Bouldering

For the next Urban Sport of the Week, we tried out bouldering, the trendy new sport that everyone’s talking about…

 
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This is how Germans spend their free time

This is how Germans spend their free time

An annual survey revealed how Germans spend their free time - and how they would actually like to spend it.

Buying property as an investment in Germany: Taxes and tenant rights

Buying property as an investment in Germany: Taxes and tenant rights

If you are considering a buy-to-let property, here is what you should know about purchasing an investment, taxes and tenant rights.

 
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Nine injured in Germany as police evict coal mine protest

Nine injured in Germany as police evict coal mine protest

Nine environmental activists were injured and 34 detained in an operation to evict protesters holed up in forest treehouses in a bid to block the expansion of an open-pit coal mine, police said Sunday.

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Six things to think about before moving abroad with your family

Six things to think about before moving abroad with your family

Moving is never easy. Even a move across town requires significant planning, preparation and, of course, packing! Here are our tips for how to make your international relocation as smooth and stress-free as possible.

 
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German Word of the Day: Der Weltschmerz

German Word of the Day: Der Weltschmerz

Today's German word of the day is something many people experience as they back to work on Monday morning.

Winter getaway: The Mediterranean island with 'the best climate in the world'

Winter getaway: The Mediterranean island with 'the best climate in the world'

Malta’s up-and-coming capital took centre stage when it was crowned 2018’s Capital of Culture, but there’s much more to the enigmatic island than Valletta. The Local’s Commercial Editor took a whirlwind tour of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secret.

 
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Why Berlin is once again consumed by talk of a coalition collapse

Why Berlin is once again consumed by talk of a coalition collapse

It only seems like yesterday that Angela Merkel managed to drag herself out of the last political crisis that threatened her coalition. Now there is renewed talk of a split at the top of German politics.

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The reason international students are flocking to the French city of Lyon

The reason international students are flocking to the French city of Lyon

Two recent graduates of EMLYON in Lyon explain why both the business school and the city are perfect for ambitious students seeking international careers.

 
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10 reasons why you really should visit North Rhine-Westphalia

10 reasons why you really should visit North Rhine-Westphalia

NRW has Germany's most popular beer and a little-known Japanese community that adds panache to its cuisine. Need more? Read on...

Five health insurance mistakes I made when I moved to Germany

Five health insurance mistakes I made when I moved to Germany

When KT Flood first moved to Germany, she had no idea how complex the German healthcare system was. Now that she’s figured it out, she’s ready to share her tips with other expats who may be in the same boat.

 
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Berlin 'considers' banning foreign buyers to counter house price rises

Berlin 'considers' banning foreign buyers to counter house price rises

Concerns about rising residential and commercial rents are increasingly familiar in Berlin, while the cost of buying a home is fast moving beyond the reach of many. In response, the Berlin Senate is considering taking a leaf out of New Zealand’s book - by forbidding foreigners from purchasing property in the city.

Six reasons expat parents should consider distance learning or boarding school

Six reasons expat parents should consider distance learning or boarding school

A new academy is shaking up traditional distance learning with a combined approach that strikes the perfect balance for expat families.

 
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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.

Could working at The Local be the next big step in your career?

Could working at The Local be the next big step in your career?

Meet two of The Local’s Key Account Managers, Anna Agebjörn and Nils Rosvall, and find out what it’s like to work for one of Europe’s leading sources of international news in English.

 
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Italian missionary kidnapped in Niger

Italian missionary kidnapped in Niger

An Italian missionary has been kidnapped in southwest Niger, in the latest abduction of a foreign worker in the troubled Sahel country, his organisation said on Tuesday September 18th.

 

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What are Berlin's most affordable co-working spaces?
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What are Berlin's most affordable co-working spaces?

We look at 10 of the German capital's most interesting and affordable shared working spaces for freelancers and entrepreneurs.

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Volkswagen to end production of iconic German cars

Volkswagen to end production of iconic German cars

Volkswagen announced Thursday it would end production of its iconic "Beetle" cars in 2019 after adding a pair of final editions of the insect-inspired vehicles.