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German politics - 10 things you need to know

German politics - 10 things you need to know

If you live in Germany it’s important to understand the basics of its political system. We explain ten fundamental aspects of how the country’s democracy works.

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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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Will​ ​Turkish​ ​voters​ ​listen​ ​to​ ​Erdogan​ ​and​ ​try​ ​to​ ​sabotage​ ​Merkel in the elections?

Will​ ​Turkish​ ​voters​ ​listen​ ​to​ ​Erdogan​ ​and​ ​try​ ​to​ ​sabotage​ ​Merkel in the elections?

Last month Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Turkish voters to boycott three of Germany’s major political parties. We have looked into how much impact that statement is likely to have.

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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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How a German sauna taught a prudish American to relax at the sight of naked flesh

How a German sauna taught a prudish American to relax at the sight of naked flesh

When American writer Jessica Guzik arrived in Berlin, she wanted to rid herself of her American neuroses. But was the sight of people tarring themselves in salt a step too far?

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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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'We can do it': Is Merkel's refugee rallying cry a boon or a burden this election season?

'We can do it': Is Merkel's refugee rallying cry a boon or a burden this election season?

Angela Merkel is not known for her soaring rhetoric. But the phrase "Wir schaffen das" (we can do it), used to describe the refugee crisis, came to define her third term as Chancellor. Will it help secure her a fourth term?

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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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Care home workers go on trial for murdering residents 'out of boredom'

Care home workers go on trial for murdering residents 'out of boredom'

Three care home workers went on trial Monday in Germany accused of killing two elderly residents and abusing a string of others, with prosecutors saying they acted "out of boredom".

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German job centres discriminate against people with foreign-sounding names: study

German job centres discriminate against people with foreign-sounding names: study

When dealing with inquiries, employees at job centres in Germany tend to discriminate against people with names that sound foreign, according to a report released on Friday.

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Famed German art show on brink of bankruptcy after running up millions in debts

Famed German art show on brink of bankruptcy after running up millions in debts

International art exhibition documenta in Kassel is on the brink of insolvency just days before it comes to a close on Sunday.

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France clears hundreds of migrants from wood near Calais

France clears hundreds of migrants from wood near Calais

French authorities evacuated hundreds of migrants from a wood on the northern coast near Calais on Tuesday over fears it could become a magnet for others hoping to head to Britain.

 

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15 Bavarian words you need to survive down south

15 Bavarian words you need to survive down south

Things are a wee bit different down in Bavaria, so you might want to brush up on your basic Bairisch before paying a visit.

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.

Stuttgart was just named the world's most relaxing city - here's why

Stuttgart was just named the world's most relaxing city - here's why

Stuttgart was ranked this week as the least stressful city in the world, an honour many The Local readers felt was unearned. But Stuttgart native Melanie Buck says the city really is a place that calms the pulse.

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.