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Thursday 20th January

Ex-pope Benedict under scrutiny in German child abuse probe

Ex-pope Benedict under scrutiny in German child abuse probe

A potentially explosive report into the handling of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church will on Thursday be published in Germany, with former pope Benedict XVI among those in the spotlight.

Monday 17th January

In limbo: Why Germany’s reform of dual citizenship laws can’t come soon enough
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In limbo: Why Germany’s reform of dual citizenship laws can’t come soon enough

Having more than one nationality will soon be an option to many more people in Germany under government plans. For those struggling to navigate the bureaucratic hurdles now, the change in law can't come soon enough, writes Caitlin Hardee.

Germany’s weekly Covid infection rate rises above 500

Germany’s weekly Covid infection rate rises above 500

Show leniency on EU spending rules, says senior German MP

Show leniency on EU spending rules, says senior German MP

End is in sight for pandemic in Germany, says top virologist

End is in sight for pandemic in Germany, says top virologist

The one way to beat the January blues in each German state
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The one way to beat the January blues in each German state

Sunday 16th January

‘Difficult weeks ahead,’ warns German Health Minister on Omicron fears

‘Difficult weeks ahead,’ warns German Health Minister on Omicron fears

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach warned on Sunday that Germany faces a high death toll and major impact on hospital treatment in the current wave of Covid cases with the highly contagious Omicron variant.

What documents do you need to carry for Germany’s 2G-plus restrictions?
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What documents do you need to carry for Germany’s 2G-plus restrictions?

EXPLAINED: How to boost your career chances in Germany
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EXPLAINED: How to boost your career chances in Germany

Saturday 15th January

What’s behind the strange German name for musical chairs?

What’s behind the strange German name for musical chairs?

In English the name for the popular kids’ birthday game involving chairs and music is fairly straightforward. But why do Germans call it "Trip to Jerusalem"?

TRAVEL: Germany puts Austria back on list of high-risk countries

TRAVEL: Germany puts Austria back on list of high-risk countries

EXPLAINED: The 2022 salary requirements for Germany’s EU Blue Card
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EXPLAINED: The 2022 salary requirements for Germany’s EU Blue Card

When will Germany relax its dual citizenship laws?
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When will Germany relax its dual citizenship laws?

Friday 14th January

EXPLAINED: Germany’s new rules and exceptions for Covid quarantine
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EXPLAINED: Germany’s new rules and exceptions for Covid quarantine

The German Bundesrat has signed off on a new law to change the duration of quarantine for people infected with Covid and their contacts. Here's everything you need to know about the latest rules and what to do if you think you might have the virus.

Germany in ‘middle of Omicron wave’, says Health Minister

Germany in ‘middle of Omicron wave’, says Health Minister

12 ways to improve your life in Germany without even trying

12 ways to improve your life in Germany without even trying

Berlin tightens Covid rules: What you need to know

Berlin tightens Covid rules: What you need to know

Medical students in Dresden stand up to Covid protesters

Medical students in Dresden stand up to Covid protesters

OPINION: The pandemic has revealed Germany’s deep obsession with rules and compliance

OPINION: The pandemic has revealed Germany’s deep obsession with rules and compliance

Sunday 9th January

Archive amassed by Germany’s Nazis sheds light on Masonic history

Archive amassed by Germany’s Nazis sheds light on Masonic history

Curators combing through a vast historic archive of Freemasonry in Europe amassed by the Nazis in their wartime anti-Masonic purge say they believe there are still secrets to be unearthed.

German Health Minister warns of ‘naive belief Omicron is the end of the pandemic’

German Health Minister warns of ‘naive belief Omicron is the end of the pandemic’

The best events and festivals in Germany in 2022
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The best events and festivals in Germany in 2022

EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for Germany’s ski resorts
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EXPLAINED: The Covid rules for Germany’s ski resorts

Saturday 8th January

Dortmund chief argues against football behind closed doors

Dortmund chief argues against football behind closed doors

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has criticised the decision to put Bundesliga matches back behind closed doors due to high numbers of Covid-19 in Germany.

EXPLAINED: How the minimum wage will increase in Germany in 2022
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EXPLAINED: How the minimum wage will increase in Germany in 2022

EXPLAINED: How Germany removing the UK from virus variant list affects you
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EXPLAINED: How Germany removing the UK from virus variant list affects you

German teacher gets life for cannibal murder

German teacher gets life for cannibal murder

Scholz pushes mandatory jabs as resistance grows in Germany

Scholz pushes mandatory jabs as resistance grows in Germany

Sunday 2nd January

Germany hopes for emergency approval of Covid-19 tablet in January

Germany hopes for emergency approval of Covid-19 tablet in January

Germany wants to get approval for Pfizer's Paxlovid oral Covid-19 drug in January, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach told media.

Europe tops 100 million Covid cases

Europe tops 100 million Covid cases

Saturday 1st January

EU moves to label nuclear and gas energy as ‘green’

EU moves to label nuclear and gas energy as ‘green’

The EU is planning to label energy from nuclear power and natural gas as "green" sources for investment despite internal disagreement over whether they truly qualify as sustainable options.

Germany sees largely quiet New Year’s Eve despite several serious firework injuries

Germany sees largely quiet New Year’s Eve despite several serious firework injuries

The Euro celebrates its 20th anniversary

The Euro celebrates its 20th anniversary

IN PICTURES: How Europe brought in the New Year in the face of Omicron

IN PICTURES: How Europe brought in the New Year in the face of Omicron

Thursday 30th December

France suspends transit ban for Brits living in EU

France suspends transit ban for Brits living in EU

The French government announced on Thursday that is has temporarily lifted its ban on UK nationals travelling through France to return to their homes in the EU, to avoid large numbers of Brits being stranded in the UK after the Christmas holidays.

German employers weigh up legal challenge to €12 minimum wage

German employers weigh up legal challenge to €12 minimum wage

These were the most popular German baby names in 2021

These were the most popular German baby names in 2021

Shortening quarantine ‘must be considered’, says German Health Minister

Shortening quarantine ‘must be considered’, says German Health Minister