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More Germans identify as LGBT than in rest of Europe
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The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is higher than anywhere else in Europe, according to a new study.

Parents who don't get nursery spot for kid entitled to pay
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The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled on Thursday that parents whose children don't receive placements in nursery care are entitled to compensation.

How Germany remembers the Holocaust
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin. Photo: DPA

This week marks 75 years since the Nazis started deporting Jews from Berlin, opening the darkest chapter in the city's history. The Local looks into how the Holocaust is remembered in the German capital.

Armed clowns rob pizza joint outside Berlin
File photo: DPA

Another unnerving "killer clown" incident has occurred in Germany - this time with the masked men engaging in full on criminality.

Here's where Germany's happiest people live
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Germans this year reported being happier with their lives than they've been in years, but some places are certainly more cheery than others.

Germans disobey constitution in vote on TV terror attack
Terror - Your Verdict. Photo: DPA/ARD

In an interactive show aired on German television on Monday, viewers had the chance to decide whether a fictional Luftwaffe pilot should be acquitted for shooting down an airliner - essentially voting against the first article of the constitution.

100 cops needed to break up teen's viral WhatsApp party
File photo of police in Munich: DPA.

It started with a single message on WhatsApp. It ended with more than 100 police officers being called in and public transit and traffic being shut down.

10 reasons it's awesome to be knocked up in Germany
A pregnant woman and her husband in Frankfurt. Photo: DPA

Polish writer Olga Mecking tells The Local why Germany is so much better than neighbour the Netherlands when it comes to getting pregnant and bringing up kids.

Immigrant in Germany, or expat: is there a difference?
People sit along Admiralbrücke in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

Are we expats or immigrants? Foreigners living in Germany are often divided into two camps as to how they refer to themselves.

How Germany's plan to limit welfare could affect you
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On Wednesday the German government agreed on a draft law to severely curtail social benefits for EU citizens. Who does it apply to, and how does it differ from the UK's previous attempts to hinder immigration?

Police question parents of baby offered for sale on eBay
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An ad posted on eBay purporting to be selling a month-old baby for €5,000 has sparked outcry and an official investigation.

Church to compensate 100s of choir child abuse victims
The Regensburg "Cathedral Sparrows" choir in 2014. Photo: DPA.

Victims of child abuse at the hands of Regensburg cathedral choir priests and teachers are set to receive compensation ranging between €5,000 to €20,000 by the end of next year.

The rise and rise of the pumpkin in Germany
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Germany has experienced a "pumpkin boom" in recent years. Where has this Teutonic love for an all-American vegetable come from, and where will it end?

Chemnitz bomb plot
Govt urged to honour Syrians who nabbed Isis suspect
File photo of a German Federal Cross of Merit: DPA.

Calls grew on Wednesday for Germany to honour and reward three Syrian "heroes" who captured a compatriot suspected of plotting to bomb a Berlin airport.

25 years on, Germany's 'two capitals' causing headaches
Left: Berlin's Reichstag building (parliament building) and Chancellery. Right: Bonn's Post Tower. Photos: DPA.

Few may realize that the federal government is still split between the former West German capital of Bonn and Berlin - and this continues to cause complications, a new report shows.

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