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German mayor sued for refusing handshake with neo-Nazi politician

German mayor sued for refusing handshake with neo-Nazi politician

Katja Wolf, mayor of the town of Eisenach in the central German state of Thuringia, has been sued by a member of her city council for refusing to shake his hand.

Why Americans love studying in Sweden

Why Americans love studying in Sweden

International students from around the world often jump at the chance to study in the US. So why is that some American students are defecting to study in Sweden instead?

 
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The biggest culture shocks experienced by expats in Europe

The biggest culture shocks experienced by expats in Europe

We asked our readers what surprised them most about working and living in Europe. This is what they had to say.

 
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Seven maps that explain the German state of Baden-Württemberg
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Seven maps that explain the German state of Baden-Württemberg

Baden-Württemberg has low unemployment and high creativity. Plus, the state holds the record for longest lifespans in all of Germany. Here are a few maps to explain.

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More than business: Why Frankfurt is an ideal city to live and work in

More than business: Why Frankfurt is an ideal city to live and work in

Frankfurt is anything but a dull finance center. Find out what two Frankfurt School alumni have to say about their city.

 
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Munich to offer pupils and trainees €1 per day public transport ticket

Munich to offer pupils and trainees €1 per day public transport ticket

Plans to offer school pupils and trainees in Munich a €365 ticket have been given the green light.

Your step-by-step guide to getting the best expat health insurance plan

Your step-by-step guide to getting the best expat health insurance plan

A step-by-step guide for all expats with a health insurance.

 
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'With chemo you can’t stop giving medicine': How Brexit healthcare fears pushed a UK family to Germany'
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'With chemo you can’t stop giving medicine': How Brexit healthcare fears pushed a UK family to Germany'

Brexit is prompting UK families to relocate to the EU. We spoke to one family who moved to Germany over concerns about medical shortages in the event of a no-deal.

What will business look like in Europe in the 2020s?

What will business look like in Europe in the 2020s?

Here in the waning weeks of 2019, it’s natural to look back at the decade that’s drawing to an end. But the close of a decade is not just about looking backward - it’s also a good time to consider what the next ten years have in store.

 
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Could Merkel’s Christian Democrats really work with the far-right AfD?

Could Merkel’s Christian Democrats really work with the far-right AfD?

Mainstream parties have ruled out working with the far-right AfD. But now CDU officials in Thuringia say talks with the anti-immigration party shouldn't be ruled out. Is the tide turning?

Everything you need to know about making a doctor's appointment in Germany
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Everything you need to know about making a doctor's appointment in Germany

Sooner or later, every international in Germany will have to make a doctor’s appointment. This can be especially challenging if you’re not well acquainted with German, or how Germany’s unique system works.

Merkel's coalition faces 'stress test' as SPD conference gets underway

Merkel's coalition faces 'stress test' as SPD conference gets underway

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition faces a "stress test" from Friday as the weakened Social Democrats kick off a crunch congress to discuss their next move under a new, more radical leadership.

What are the top holiday jobs for students in Germany?

What are the top holiday jobs for students in Germany?

The Christmas holidays offer students many flexible job opportunities in industries which can help to sharpen transferrable skills. Here's where - and how - to apply.

#MyGermany: 'Hamburg is the best city in the world'

#MyGermany: 'Hamburg is the best city in the world'

We regularly ask readers to take over The Local Germany's Instagram. Recently, July Rocha from Aracaju, northeastern Brazil, showed us her Hamburg.

Working in Germany: The 10 rules you need to know if you fall ill
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Working in Germany: The 10 rules you need to know if you fall ill

It's that time of year when many of us are coming down with the flu. But if you know these laws you’ll be okay.

Over 85 percent of IT jobs in Germany held by men

Over 85 percent of IT jobs in Germany held by men

On the eve of International Men’s Day (November 19th), we take a look at government statistics showing the proportion of men and women in various careers in Germany.

German Advent word of the day: Der Nikolaustag

German Advent word of the day: Der Nikolaustag

Hopefully you haven't forgotten to polish your shoes. Because today is Saint Nicholas Day!

10 things you never knew about German reunification

10 things you never knew about German reunification

German Unity Day falls on Thursday. Did you know these facts about reunification and 'der Tag der deutschen Einheit'?

The 8 dos and don'ts you need to keep in mind at Oktoberfest

The 8 dos and don'ts you need to keep in mind at Oktoberfest

The world's biggest beer festival attracts people from all over the world, meaning it can be expensive and packed. Luckily, Paul Wheatley has done it many times before and knows how to cut through the crowds.

Most Italians want to remain part of the European Union, poll finds

Most Italians want to remain part of the European Union, poll finds

The majority of Italians would like to keep their EU membership, but half are also yearning for a "strongman" leader, according to the latest national Censis poll

 

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10 German words you need to know when looking for a job
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10 German words you need to know when looking for a job

German is not always the most intuitive language in the world, and looking for a job can leave you lost in a sea of unfamiliar vocabulary. So here’s a chance to brush up on some of the words you’ll need most when you go job-hunting.

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Number of Brits leaving UK for Germany at 10-year high due to 'uncertainty surrounding Brexit'
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Number of Brits leaving UK for Germany at 10-year high due to 'uncertainty surrounding Brexit'

The number of Brits moving to Germany is going up, a new study that shows the impact of Brexit on UK nationals has revealed.

Why is Nikolaustag celebrated before Christmas in Germany?

Why is Nikolaustag celebrated before Christmas in Germany?

Each December 6th, children in Germany celebrate 'St. Nikolaus Day'. But why does the Santa look-alike come so early and why do all the children place their shoes outside their front doors on the evening before? The Local has the lowdown.