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.
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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.
- Why are Germany's planned citizenship reforms coming under fire?
- EXPLAINED: Could Germany’s conservatives block dual citizenship?
- Germany to ease citizenship rules for children of foreign parents
Lastly, we get into a few Christmas markets around Germany that are worth checking out.
- Eight of the quirkiest Christmas markets in Germany
- Seven unmissable Christmas markets that open this week in Germany
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