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Germany's favourite smoker wins battle against eviction
Photo: DPA

How a pensioner with a serious smoking habit won a years-long fight for his right to keep his home - and his favourite pastime.

German ex-policeman is Swiss city’s new hermit
St Martin's Chapel in the Verena gorge. Photo: Martin V Morris

The city of Solothurn has appointed a divorced ex-policeman from southern Germany into the unusual job of ‘hermit’.

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10 German films you have to watch before you die
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These films are so good, not even The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari made the list.

Germany holds first national 'mermaiding' championship
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Ariel would be proud.

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15 pics that prove Germany is totally enchanting in autumn
The Max-Eyth-See in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA.

As summer fades into a distant memory and you start to begrudge trading Birkenstocks for boots, these pictures may help change your perspective on the new chill in the air.

Berlin the new London? 10m2 flat to rent for €750 a month
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This shoebox apartment in the gentrified Bergmann-Kiez neighbourhood may be a sign that the tides are turning for Berlin’s comparatively cheap housing market.

A night on Berlin's most notorious clubbing mile
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Beer and Bollinger, vagabonds and visionaries, hippies and hipsters: opposites meet head-on in Berlin’s RAW party-mile.

Expats in Germany rich but have few friends: survey
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Expats in Germany are more secure in their jobs than in any other country in the world, but struggle to make friends. And that's not the worst of it, a new survey commissioned by global bank HSBC shows.

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10 mistakes even Germans keep making in German
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Take revenge for all the times they laughed at your “der, die, das”.

Berlin world's 2nd 'most liveable city': magazine
Badeschiff on the Spree River in Berlin. Photo: DPA

The German capital has been named the world's second most liveable city, being pipped to the title by Copenhagen.

10 essentials for surviving as a vegan in Germany
Hummus and falafel are vegan... and delicious. Photo: DPA

Germany is a country that generally has an open mind when it comes to veganism - but that doesn't mean there aren't pitfalls you have to look out for. Portuguese food writer Inês David brings you her survival guide.

Germans divided: Is it OK for kids to pee on trees?
What happens if this child needs to pee? Photo: DPA

Experts worry about a widening gulf between parents and everyone else.

'Unfriendly' Germans make expat life harder: report
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Expats in Germany generally find it great for families and starting a career, but were turned off by the language barriers and "unfriendly" Germans upon arrival, according to a new report.

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5 reasons Hamburg is one of the best cities to live globally
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Hamburg was just picked as one of the top most 'liveable' cities in the world, so here's a look at what makes the Hanseatic City so great.

How veganism is taking over the German capital
Vegan restaurant Dandy Diner in Neukölln, Berlin. Photo: DPA

Long the European capital of techno-driven nightlife, fastidious hipsterdom and low-cost party weekends, Berlin is adding another string to its bow as a vegan haven.

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