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German FA boss wishes he gave Özil more support over 'racist attacks'

German FA boss wishes he gave Özil more support over 'racist attacks'

The under-fire president of the German Football Association (DFB), admitted on Sunday that he should have given Mesut Ozil more support when the midfielder was the target of "racist attacks".

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How and why was the Berlin Wall built?
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How and why was the Berlin Wall built?

57 years ago today, on the 13th August 1961, the first border fences were erected around the border of West Berlin, in what would quickly become the Berlin Wall. So what were the events leading up to 1961? How and why was the Wall built, even though "nobody had the intention" to do so?

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Urban Sport of the Week: Outdoor athletic training

Urban Sport of the Week: Outdoor athletic training

For the next Urban Sport of the Week, a member of the Urban Sports Club team headed out of the gym and into the great outdoors...

 
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What you need to know about Chancellor Merkel's meeting with President Putin

What you need to know about Chancellor Merkel's meeting with President Putin

Angela Merkel expects discussions with Putin on energy cooperation, as well as on conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, but will she take a tough stance?

Game-changing flight tips for smart business travellers

Game-changing flight tips for smart business travellers

Whether you’re flying for business or pleasure, you don’t need to break the bank when booking your next transatlantic flight. As one travel blogger explains, there are ways to fly in style without forking out for a first-class ticket.

 
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Crossed wires: why church tax is causing extra stress for expat tax payers
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Crossed wires: why church tax is causing extra stress for expat tax payers

In many countries, breaking away from the Church is easy. But in Germany, unless you have formally revoked your religious affiliation, you may still be liable for church tax.

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A gap year can help shape your future, so do something that matters

A gap year can help shape your future, so do something that matters

With many young idealists considering their gap year options, sustainable development charity Raleigh International is encouraging young people and their parents to ditch the usual ‘backpacker’ trips in favour of an adventure that matters.

 
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Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher not moving to Spanish island, family says

Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher not moving to Spanish island, family says

Ex-Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is not moving from his home in Switzerland to the Spanish island of Mallorca, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Why every country should get on board with the German Feierabend
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Why every country should get on board with the German Feierabend

Feierabend is the name for the time after you finish work; when you switch off your computer, hang up your tools, or get rid of your uniform. And Germans really know how to embrace it.

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Green party seek to cement C02 reduction in constitution

Green party seek to cement C02 reduction in constitution

The leader of the Green party in the Bundestag, Katrin Göring-Eckardt, said on Tuesday that her party would attempt to change the constitution to include the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.

These are Germany's 10 most beautiful and iconic castles

These are Germany's 10 most beautiful and iconic castles

From the splendour of Neuschwanstein, swathed in the mystery of “Mad Ludwig’s” sudden death, to Wartburg Castle, where Martin Luther translated the New Testament, you can learn a lot about Germany through its castles.

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‘Diverse’: cabinet agrees to third gender on birth certificate

‘Diverse’: cabinet agrees to third gender on birth certificate

The German government on Wednesday approved a draft law allowing a third gender option on birth certificates for babies who are not distinctly male or female.

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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Autostrade boss pledges €500m to help Genoa

Autostrade boss pledges €500m to help Genoa

The head of the Italian infrastructure giant under fire over the deadly bridge collapse in Genoa said Saturday that 500 million euros will be made available to help the city and to rebuild the viaduct.

 

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What we could all learn from the German attitude to sickness
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What we could all learn from the German attitude to sickness

British people might like to tell themselves that the empire was built on a stiff upper lip. But Germany’s attitude of giving things time to heal seems much more appropriate to the modern workplace, writes Floraidh Clement.

German economy bounces back from slow start to year

German economy bounces back from slow start to year

Germany has bounced back from an early 2018 slowdown, official data showed Tuesday, as the pace of growth accelerated despite the rumblings of a trade war that could trip up its export-led economy.

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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.