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PODCAST: Why Germany wants people to move to the countryside and the €49 ticket's rocky start

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PODCAST: Why Germany wants people to move to the countryside and the €49 ticket's rocky start

This week we talk about a German court case involving a naked landlord and rent reductions, medicine shortages, transport strikes, why the German government wants people to move to the countryside, the €49 ticket's first days and events in May.


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In the first episode of our latest season, host Rachel Loxton is joined by The Local Germany journalists Imogen Goodman and Aaron BurnettOur sound engineer is Rhys Edwards.

We start off by discussing an unusual court case that saw a company in Frankfurt try to get a rent reduction because they were bothered by their landlord sunbathing naked.

We talk about children’s medicine shortages in Germany and neighbouring countries.

We then get into what we can expect from transport strikes in Germany in May - and possible other disruption. 

The German government has been appealing for people to consider moving out of cities - we’ll talk about why, and share some views from The Local readers on what it’s like to live in the countryside and outskirts of German cities. 


The €49 ticket has launched, but there have been some teething problems. We’ll talk about how the first days are going and get some expert analysis on the ticket from Professor Christian Böttger, a rail expert from HTW Berlin.

We also talk about some of the best - and longest - journeys you can take with the ticket.

We finish off by recommending some events to check out in Germany this month. 


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