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PODCAST: How Germany will ease immigration laws, driving tests and a year of war in Ukraine

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PODCAST: How Germany will ease immigration laws, driving tests and a year of war in Ukraine
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This week we talk about carnival, why people are failing driving tests, key changes in a new draft law on skilled immigration, how Germany has changed since Russia invaded Ukraine and life hacks for living in Germany.


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In the latest episode, host Rachel Loxton is joined by The Local Germany editor Rachel Stern and journalist Sarah Magill as well as political analyst Jessica Berlin.

We start by talking about how Germany celebrated carnival this year and the significance of the culture across different regions. 

We move onto a story about the increasing number of people taking driving tests in Germany - and the proportion of people who fail. Sarah shares her experience of learning to drive in Germany and gives her tips. 


A new draft law on the reforms of skilled immigration has been released. We give you an update on that, including what it means for the EU Blue Card and international students. 

It’s a year since Russia launched a full scale invasion Ukraine. We talk about how Germany has changed since then and we’ll hear from political analyst Jessica Berlin to get her views on how Germany could step up support for Ukraine.

Finally, we share some of our best life hacks for making living in Germany that bit easier (and please share yours with us!) 

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