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LISTEN: Munich rents, the €49 ticket and what was life like in East Germany?

This week we talk about the significance of November 9th in German history, why a Munich landlord is being punished for offering low rent prices, the new Deutschlandticket, cost of living demonstrations and what life was like in East Germany.

LISTEN: Munich rents, the €49 ticket and what was life like in East Germany?

In the latest episode of Germany in Focus, host Rachel Loxton is joined by regular panelists Imogen Goodman and Aaron Burnett as well as historian and author Katja Hoyer

The team starts off by talking about why November 9th is known as the “day of fate” in German history. 

Then we hear the story of a Munich landlord who has received a fine from the tax office for charging too little for rent. 

Imogen talks about her experience of living in Munich and how the city’s rental market has changed over the years. The panelists also talk about rent developments across Germany, and why it’s difficult for tenants to challenge illegally high rents. 

After the federal government and states finally reached an agreement on funding for the €49 public transport card, we discuss what it means for people in Germany and when it’s likely to be rolled out. 

We also look at Berlin’s extended public transport offer and €9 ticket for certain groups. 

The team then discuss various demonstrations that have been happening across Germany in response to the rising cost of living as well as the government’s energy policies and other factors. We also hear more details about the situation in eastern Germany and why there are Monday demonstrations. 

We then hear from German history expert Katja Hoyer about how East Germans experienced the turbulent time after the Berlin Wall came down 33 years ago this week, and what life was like in East Germany during the separation between East and West.  

Lastly, the team discuss how Germans mark St Martin’s Day, before talking about the start of carnival season and the rivalry between Cologne and Düsseldorf. 

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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: 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?

You can follow Germany in Focus and listen HERE or on the below platforms:

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!

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