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Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

Merkel heads for German poll win, hard-right AfD for first seats

UPDATED: Germans voted in a general election on Sunday expected to hand Chancellor Angela Merkel a fourth term while the hard-right nationalist AfD party is tipped to make history by winning its first seats in the national parliament.

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8 reasons expats should try coworking in Germany

8 reasons expats should try coworking in Germany

Research has shown it's the most productive way to work!

 
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Why German parties are flyering and advertizing in languages from Russian to English

Why German parties are flyering and advertizing in languages from Russian to English

With so many voters apparently still undecided about who to pick on Sunday, parties have taken to advertizing in several languages, desperate for every vote they can get.

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Six numbers to watch for in Germany's polls

Six numbers to watch for in Germany's polls

As Germany heads to the polls on Sunday, here are six numbers to watch for - from pints to percentages and parliamentary debuts.

Volunteering abroad ‘really changed my mind’ about the world

Volunteering abroad ‘really changed my mind’ about the world

Want to go on a real adventure and help a disadvantaged community at the same time? You can, and here's how...

 
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Oktoberfest: from punch up for lager louts to 'money-making machine'

Oktoberfest: from punch up for lager louts to 'money-making machine'

For the around six million people who head to the Oktoberfest every year, drinking their way through nearly seven million litres of beer, they know they're visiting one of the best parties on the planet. Locals and outsiders reflect on why they go.

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Nine essential German phrases for the modern traveller

Nine essential German phrases for the modern traveller

Want to learn useful German phrases and nail the accent? With Tandem, you can instantly connect with a native speaker and practice for free.

 
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Why every BMW driver is connected to Sweden

Why every BMW driver is connected to Sweden

While BMW may be a German auto brand, it turns out that the ultimate driving experience includes a Swedish twist. The Local finds out more.

 
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The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad -- and back at home

The easiest way to drive in style while living abroad -- and back at home

Moving abroad? Nothing helps you feel at home faster than having a new luxury car to zip around in. And it's easier to get one than you think.

 
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German justice handed 27,000 images of 'torture and killings by Assad regime'

German justice handed 27,000 images of 'torture and killings by Assad regime'

More than 27,000 images of torture and killings allegedly perpetrated by the Assad regime in Syria have been handed to German prosecutors who are investigating possible abuses, a rights group said on Friday.

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Woman injured in fall from Hamburg Bismarck statue as musical stunt goes wrong

Woman injured in fall from Hamburg Bismarck statue as musical stunt goes wrong

A publicity stunt for the Kinky Boots musical almost turned deadly when an artist lost her grip and fell off the Bismarck Monument in Hamburg while attempting to promote the show.

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Freezing in September - when does your landlord have to turn on the heating?

Freezing in September - when does your landlord have to turn on the heating?

In light of a chilly end to the summer in Germany, here's everything you need to know about turning up the heat in your home.

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Swiss vote on plan to save pensions

Swiss vote on plan to save pensions

The key measures, approved by parliament in April, include raising the women's retirement age by a year to 65, putting it in line with men, as well as a consumption tax (VAT) increase to help fund benefits.

 

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These are the German cities where rents have been going up the most

These are the German cities where rents have been going up the most

A new study released on Wednesday shows an increase in average annual rent prices for new rentals in big cities across Germany such as Munich and Berlin.

Here’s how to make the most of the public holidays in 2018

Here’s how to make the most of the public holidays in 2018

With summer drawing to a close most of us are back in the office and feeling a bit gloomy. But help is at hand - we tell you everything you need to know to make the most of your vacation time next year.

The 8 dos and don'ts you need to keep in mind at Oktoberfest

The 8 dos and don'ts you need to keep in mind at Oktoberfest

The world's biggest beer festival attracts people from all over the world, meaning it can be expensive and packed. Luckily, Paul Wheatley has done it many times before and knows how to cut through the crowds.

Expats still like Germany for the money, and still aren’t so fond of the locals

Expats still like Germany for the money, and still aren’t so fond of the locals

Germany is a great place to live if you're looking for a stable job. And it's not a bad place to raise your kids. But the locals don't make it easy for you, an annual report on expat attitudes reveals.

12 brilliant German words you won't find in English

12 brilliant German words you won't find in English

Unfortunately English let you down when you were trying to think of these things to say.

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Here are the top ten most prestigious universities in Germany

Here are the top ten most prestigious universities in Germany

The Times Higher Education ranking released its 14th annual edition of the most reputable institutions in the world on Tuesday, revealing that a number of German universities are among the very best.