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Scandal grows over 'unlawful' deportation of alleged bin Laden bodyguard

Scandal grows over 'unlawful' deportation of alleged bin Laden bodyguard

The over-hasty deportation of an alleged Islamist to Tunisia is raising awkward questions for German authorities all the way up to the Interior Ministry.

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Urban Sport of the Week: CrossFit

Urban Sport of the Week: CrossFit

Urban Sports Club send their intrepid sports explorers to try out CrossFit, the workout with a fierce reputation and, as we found out, for good reason…

 
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Top ten fellowships in Germany for ambitious English speakers
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Top ten fellowships in Germany for ambitious English speakers

Thinking of studying in ‘Schland but don’t know where to start? Dreaming of a Teutonic research trip but not sure of the options? Don’t worry, The Local has done the leg work for you. Check out our list of Germany’s top exchanges, scholarships, fellowships and other career-boosting opportunities.

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Eight hacks to turn your next long-haul flight into a holiday

Eight hacks to turn your next long-haul flight into a holiday

While there’s a lot of wisdom to the saying ‘it’s the journey, not the destination’, it’s a safe assumption that most people don’t view the flight itself as the highlight. Which is not to say it shouldn't be.

 
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Tourists charged with stealing bricks from Auschwitz memorial

Tourists charged with stealing bricks from Auschwitz memorial

Two Hungarian tourists have admitted to trying to steal bricks from the ruins of a crematorium at the site of the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, according to police.

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Podgora: Something for everyone on the Croatian coast

Podgora: Something for everyone on the Croatian coast

No matter whether you're into hiking, cultural exploration, sports or pure beach relaxation, Podgora is your perfect destination this summer.

 
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Where do most break-ins occur in Germany and why are they going down?
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Where do most break-ins occur in Germany and why are they going down?

The number of home burglaries has decreased significantly in Germany, according to data The Local acquired from the German Criminal Office. We look at where - and how - they occur.

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Breaking down the cost of healthcare in different countries

Breaking down the cost of healthcare in different countries

Ever wonder where illness or injury abroad may set you back the most? Find out how much expats can expect to pay for various medical procedures in different countries. Hint: prices aren’t all the same.

 
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Update: German Foreign Minister warns Trump wilfully damaging western security

Update: German Foreign Minister warns Trump wilfully damaging western security

Berlin was still reeling on Friday from US President Donald Trump's attacks on the NATO military alliance, with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warning that the US President was willfully damaging western security.

10 summer poems to make you fall in love with the German language

10 summer poems to make you fall in love with the German language

Summer's in full swing, the birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing and the flowers are in full bloom. But does the promise of sunny days fill you with delight or foreboding? These German poems describe summer at its best and worst and will inspire you to get out that German dictionary again.

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Make this small Mediterranean capital your next city break

Make this small Mediterranean capital your next 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 this year’s Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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Merkel fires back at Trump: Germany makes independent decisions

Merkel fires back at Trump: Germany makes independent decisions

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said Germany makes "independent decisions", firing back at US President Donald Trump after he accused Berlin of being a "captive" of Russia.

Six questions before buying property in Germany

Six questions before buying property in Germany

The German housing market is strong and demand is high. For foreigners, buying a property can be a smart investment. But it’s hard to know where to start. Here are six questions to ask before buying property in Germany.

 
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The dos and don’ts of public nudity in Germany

The dos and don’ts of public nudity in Germany

If you haven't done so already, you should make yourself familiar with the concept of Freikörperkultur (FKK) in Germany. This list should help get you started.

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Bloodbath narrowly avoided as driver attacks pedestrians at seaside resort in Germany

Bloodbath narrowly avoided as driver attacks pedestrians at seaside resort in Germany

The man drove at high speed across a pedestrian promenade at a seaside resort in northern Germany, before assaulting a police officer.

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.

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Italian minister Salvini calls for EU sanctions against Russia to be lifted by end of 2018

Italian minister Salvini calls for EU sanctions against Russia to be lifted by end of 2018

Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said during a visit to Moscow on Monday that he wanted to see EU sanctions against Russia dropped "by the end of the year".

 

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Vacation days in Germany: what to know about your rights as an employee
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Vacation days in Germany: what to know about your rights as an employee

With summer holidays for pupils starting as early as next week for some federal states, it’s an appropriate time to familiarize yourself with the labour laws when it comes to paid vacation days as an employee in Germany.

Don’t turn car tariff conflict into ‘real trade war’, Merkel warns Trump

Don’t turn car tariff conflict into ‘real trade war’, Merkel warns Trump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday warned US President Donald Trump against unleashing an all-out trade war after he threatened to impose steep tariffs on cars from the European Union.

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Are people from certain countries more likely to be denied German student visas?

Are people from certain countries more likely to be denied German student visas?

In spite of receiving admission offers from universities in Germany, Arbab Mazhar’s student visa was rejected twice by the German embassy in Islamabad. The Pakistani man is not alone in his experience.