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Berlin court sentences street racers to life for murder in national first

A court in the German capital on Monday convicted two illegal street racers who caused a deadly high-speed car crash of murder and handed them life prison terms in a landmark ruling.

‘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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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.

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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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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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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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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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Shaking off dieselgate, VW races back into profit

German auto giant Volkswagen on Friday said it raced back into the black in 2016 as car sales hit an all-time high, in the latest sign of its "dieselgate" scandal fading into the rearview mirror.

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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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Stolen 'Work will set you free' gate returned to Dachau

An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei" ("Work will set you free"), stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Germany two years ago, was returned to the site Wednesday.

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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10 words you need to know before Cologne Carnival

If you're celebrating Karneval in Cologne this year, don't get caught out. Read The Local's guide to the local slang that'll make you sound like a seasoned veteran.

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.

German lawmakers urge Turkey to free Die Welt journalist

Dozens of German lawmakers on Friday called on Turkey to release a journalist for the Die Welt newspaper who is being held on terrorism-related charges.

China overtakes US as Germany's main trade partner

Last year China became Germany's most important trading partner, knocking the US off the top spot.

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.

Brit arrested for cyber attack on a million German homes last year

A British national has been arrested at a London airport on suspicion of staging a cyber-attack on Deutsche Telekom last year that knocked around a million German households offline, officials in both countries said Thursday.

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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German intelligence 'spied on foreign journalists'

The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign intelligence service, spied on journalists from the BBC, New York times and Reuters, according to a report in Spiegel.