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PODCAST: How Germany is preparing for winter Covid wave, minimum wage rise and energy U-turn

The latest episode of our Germany in Focus podcast delves into how the country is dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic this winter, the minimum wage rise, changes to the government's energy plans and German festivals.

PODCAST: How Germany is preparing for winter Covid wave, minimum wage rise and energy U-turn

In the latest episode of our Germany in Focus podcast, host Rachel Loxton is joined by The Local journalists Imogen Goodman and Aaron Burnett in Berlin, while writer Brian Melican joins us from Hamburg. 

Listen in as we chat about the Covid-19 pandemic in Germany and how the government is preparing for autumn and winter with a new set of regulations. We break down what the rules are, and any changes you should be aware of. 

During the show, we discuss what the current Covid figures look like, and why the German government seems to be taking a harder line on dealing with the pandemic than many other countries. 

We also talk about the Omicron-adapted vaccines and who is eligible for a fourth vaccination.

In this episode we detail the groups of workers who are benefitting from Germany’s minimum wage increase, and why it’s such a big deal for one party in the coalition government. 

We then hear about an interesting onion event taking place in Weimar this weekend (and you can read more about some unmissable events happening in Germany this month HERE). 

The team also talk about some things in Germany they’d love to do, including visiting a wine festival, the spooky Burg Frankenstein castle in the state of Hesse, and the Wave-Gotik-Treffen – a massive goth meet up in Leipzig. 

Please let us know if you have an event or festival in Germany that you’re heading to soon, or you’d love to attend by leaving a comment or emailing us at [email protected]

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PODCAST: Will Germany’s planned citizenship reforms fail, and what are the best Christmas markets?

This week we talk about why Frankfurt is being ranked as one of the worst cities for expats, a new joyful German word (that Germans don't know), why citizenship law reforms are being slammed and what it means, and we profile some Christmas markets.

PODCAST: Will Germany's planned citizenship reforms fail, and what are the best Christmas markets?

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In the latest episode, host Rachel Loxton is joined by The Local Germany editor Rachel Stern and journalist Imogen Goodman as well as citizenship lawyer, Julie Schäfer, who is based in Düsseldorf. 

We start things off by talking about the German tradition of Nikolaustag and Krampus.

We then talk about the results of an InterNations survey that ranked Frankfurt as the second worst city for expats in 2022 out of 50 places. 

Next, we discuss a new German word invented by the New York Times that Germans weren’t previously aware of (but we’d love for it to be embraced). 

We talk about a turbulent week that’s seen Germany’s planned citizenship laws come under fire from the opposition – as well as within the coalition government. Imogen shares why this is happening now, and what it could mean for the future of the legislation.  

Plus we hear from expert Julie Schäfer, who works as an immigration lawyer in the German city of Düsseldorf, and is a dual French-German citizen.

Lastly, we get into a few Christmas markets around Germany that are worth checking out. 

We hope you’re enjoying the Germany in Focus podcast. Please let us know if you found it helpful or if you have any feedback by emailing [email protected]. And don’t forget to share it, leave a comment or give us a rating on whichever platform you listen on. Danke!