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LISTEN: Germany’s complicated relationship with cars, and how dual citizenship law could work

This week we talk about Berlin's 'car free' debate and the German love of driving fast, as well details of the plans to change dual citizenships laws, unusually warm weather, support for tenants in the cost of living crisis and November events.

LISTEN: Germany’s complicated relationship with cars, and how dual citizenship law could work

In the latest episode of Germany in Focus, host Rachel Loxton is joined by regular panelists Imogen Goodman and Aaron Burnett as well as Anna Baatz, who is part of the Autofrei Berlin campaign group, which is calling for a referendum on reducing the number of cars in a large part of the capital. 

We talk about the unusually warm October, why it’s so mild and what the effects on the energy crisis are. 

The podcast team also discuss what kind of support Germany is offering tenants who are struggling in the cost of living crisis – and look at why some renters in Germany are seeing massive rent hikes. 

Aaron then shares an important update on how Germany’s citizenship changes are likely to look, including how people in future will be able to get fast-track German citizenship. 

The panelists dig into a row about part of Berlin’s Friedrichstraße being car-free (or not), and talk about the wider debate on mobility in Germany. And no chat about cars in Germany would be complete without talking about speeding on the Autobahn. 

Lastly, Rachel, Imogen and Aaron share some of the events they recommend in Germany this month. And yes, you may indeed find Aaron listening to Mariah Carey and drinking Glühwein at a Weihnachtsmarkt near you soon. 

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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!

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PODCAST: The big problem with the German school system and can you pass a citizenship test?

This week we talk about train travel disruption and the new long-distance rail timetable, unemployment benefits, how the German school system impacts social mobility and our panelists try some German citizenship test questions.

PODCAST: The big problem with the German school system and can you pass a citizenship test?

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In the latest episode, host Rachel Loxton is joined by The Local Germany editor Rachel Stern and journalist Aaron Burnett as well as freelance journalist James Jackson, who covers Germany and central eastern Europe.

We kick things off by talking about a how Germans mark the Advent tradition in the run up to Christmas.

We then talk about train disruption on various routes, particularly in North-Rhine Westphalia and on some long-distance rail services. 

Aaron then talks us through what we should know about the new Deutsche Bahn train timetable coming into force next month, while the panelists also share their tips on travelling by train in Germany during busy times. 

We give you an update on the stalled plans to overhaul the long-term unemployment benefits with a system called Bürgergeld – or citizens’ allowance. Plus we talk about the different kinds of unemployment benefits in Germany and who is entitled to him. 

We dig into how the education system works in Germany, looking at the different schools that pupils go to and the positives of it. We then hear from James Jackson who recently sparked a storm on social media when he called out the system for contributing to social inequality. 

Lastly, we put our panelists to the test by giving them five questions from a mock-up German citizenship test. Listen along and see if you know the answers – and check out our article with more questions here:

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!

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