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Carnival troop who 'black up' get police escort after racism row

A carnival association has dropped any characters who "black up" from their parade amid accusations of racism. Worried the troop might be attacked, police will escort them during the parade.

7 ways to help your child adjust to life abroad

Moving abroad can be a big adjustment for anyone - and it's even harder when the move wasn't your choice. So how do you help your children settle in when your family makes the move?

 
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Opinion: the Bavarian 'burqa ban' is utterly deplorable

Banning the burqa has nothing to do with the Bavarian government's care for women and everything to do with cynically bashing Islam in the build-up to elections, argues The Local reader Laeeqa Ahmed.

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How US expats can avoid tax trouble in 2017

Don't let inaction or ignorance about your US tax obligations ruin the New Year.

 
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Here's why Germany is so 'tough' on Greece over its debts

The Greek debt crisis is back on the agenda again. With Athens needing yet more money to pay off its huge loans, Germany is once again being accused of prolonging the Hellenic tragedy.

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‘Become who you want to be': one degree, three countries

Paris, Madrid, Berlin... For internationally-minded students, it can be tough to choose where to attend university. But at ESCP Europe – one of the top business schools in the world – you don't have to.

 
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Desperately need a face lift? These German cities offer the best value

If, like the staff of The Local, you are constantly on the lookout for the best place to get a bit of nip and tuck, then luck no further than this list.

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How to make expat money transfers cheaper and more efficient

There are many ways to transfer money between countries – how do you choose? For Alicia, after trying several services, the answer was clear.

 
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Road deaths fall to lowest level in 60 years, but thousands still dying

The number of people who died on German roads in 2016 was the lowest in six decades.

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11 unique lamps that will light up your day

There's nothing like a little interior design to brighten up a brisk winter day! Here are 11 beautiful - yet affordable - European light fixtures bound to leave you in awe.

 
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$672m raised for Lake Chad famine at Oslo donor meet

Donor countries have pledged $672 million (634 million euros) in emergency aid for people threatened by famine in the Lake Chad region.

 

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Speak German? Want to work from home? Here's a job for you

Looking for work in Germany? Here's an opportunity that just might suit you.

 
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Berlin mayor sends condolences to terror victims - two months late

Only days after a young Tunisian drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, the city's biggest hospital has sent relatives of the dead a threatening bill. They also had to wait much longer for official condolences.

The best ways to send money abroad: a quick guide

Need to send money to family or friends overseas? Have funds in foreign accounts you need to access in your new home? Sending money abroad may be cheaper and faster than you might think.

 
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Tesla driver ‘saves lives' with amazing Autobahn rescue maneuver

The driver of a luxury Tesla car showed incredible speed of thought to perform a controlled crash when a nearby car starting swerving across the road.

Becoming an expat: where to start

Making the decision to move abroad isn't something to be taken lightly. There's plenty of boxes to be ticked, forms to be filled out, and general planning to be done. But where do you actually start?

 
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Batch of deadly, illegal vodka seized in North Rhine-Westphalia

Bottles of unlicensed "Diamond Vodka" have been found to have potentially deadly levels of methanol in them. Authorities have warned people not to drink from the bottles, and to go to hospital immediately if they feel any symptoms.

Woman given 6-year's jail for killing cousin in Frankfurt exorcism trial

A German court on Monday sentenced a South Korean woman to six years in jail for the death of her cousin who was beaten and suffocated during an attempted exorcism in a Frankfurt hotel room.

Far-right AfD sees worst poll results since 2015

Good news for Angela Merkel, bad news for the far-right: New polls show the AfD falling below double digits for the first time in months, while Merkel's party still has its nose in front.

Lufthansa agrees on pay hike to settle years-long pilot dispute

German airline Lufthansa said Wednesday it had agreed to boost pilots' salaries by 8.7 percent over four years, hoping to end years of disputes and costly walkouts by air crew.

This map shows where in Germany professionals earn the most

If you are a professional worker or business leader in Germany, you're on an average salary of €52,000 before tax. But in which state would you earn the most in?

Dortmund to shut stand following hooligan attacks on families

Borussia Dortmund will close their iconic south stand for this weekend's home Bundesliga match, having on Monday accepted the German FA's sanctions after hooligans attacked visiting fans a week ago.

Germany ‘only country left' which holds to free higher education

A report on higher education in 13 countries published on Thursday found that Germany was the only one which still offers higher education without tuition fees to almost all students.

This is where the flu has been hitting Germany hardest

In the first week of February alone, 14,000 new cases of influenza were confirmed in Germany, bringing the total since October up to 43,000, while there have been more than 100 deaths.

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136 Turks with diplomatic status sought asylum in Germany since putsch

More than 130 Turkish diplomats, soldiers and their family members have sought refuge in Germany since last July's failed coup, according to German government data in documents seen by AFP on Friday.