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PODCAST: Germany’s plans to modernise citizenship and immigration laws, and is cash still king?

The latest episode of our Germany in Focus podcast looks at the government's plans to relax citizenship laws, the worker shortage and how that's influencing changes to the immigration system, proposals to legalise cannabis and Germany's obsession with cash.

PODCAST: Germany's plans to modernise citizenship and immigration laws, and is cash still king?

In this week’s Germany in Focus podcast, host Rachel Loxton is joined by The Local journalists Sarah Magill and Aaron Burnett and startup founder Constantin Weiss.

Listen in as we chat about what a legal cannabis market could look like in Germany under initial proposals drawn up by the Health Minister.

We also share with you the latest developments on the government’s proposals to relax citizenship laws, including allowing dual citizenship, and what it means for non-EU nationals living in Germany. 

During the show, we discuss how Germany is reforming its immigration system to try and lure more talent from abroad. Constantin Weiss, the founder of startup Fixkraft which helps match immigrant job seekers with companies in Germany, talks about how bad the worker shortage problem is, as well as the cultural changes he thinks are needed in Germany to make the job market more foreigner-friendly.

We talk about Aaron’s viral tweet showing a German business accepting card payments only, why that’s out of the ordinary in the good old Bundesrepublik, and delve into Germany’s culture of cash.

Lastly, we hear about what’s going on at the Frankfurt book festival and why you should visit this part of Germany. 

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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. 

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