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'Language is a huge barrier': What it's like for internationals working in Germany
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'Language is a huge barrier': What it's like for internationals working in Germany

The German government says it’s desperate to attract foreign talent to replenish its ageing workforce. But what's it really like to work here? Our readers weigh in.

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Get a month's worth of your favourite newspapers and magazines - for free

Readly - the 'Spotify of magazines' - is offering readers of The Local a free month's worth of unlimited all-you-can-read magazines. All you need to do is answer one quick question.

 
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Why learning German at an older age isn’t as hard as you think
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Why learning German at an older age isn’t as hard as you think

Scientists tell us that older language learners will struggle against younger peers. But a German language teacher shares how - and why - his older students excel, sometimes ahead of classmates half their age.

As easy as ABC: Tips for a child-friendly move abroad

As easy as ABC: Tips for a child-friendly move abroad

Starting a new life abroad is daunting at any age. And for children, who might not have a say in the big move, there is lots of excitement and anxiety about the new place they will soon call home.

 
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Deadly storms wreak havoc across Germany

Deadly storms wreak havoc across Germany

Storms wreaked havoc across Germany, bringing with them a deluge of water, thunder and lightning – and even a tornado.

‘If you have an accident, no-one is coming for you’

‘If you have an accident, no-one is coming for you’

Your profession may take you to risky destinations but it’s your job to make sure you’re protected.

 
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One dead and dozens injured after Flixbus overturns near Leipzig

One dead and dozens injured after Flixbus overturns near Leipzig

One person died and dozens of passengers were injured after a Flixbus overturned on an Autobahn near Leipzig, eastern Germany.

Five delicious breads you have to try in Germany

Five delicious breads you have to try in Germany

Did you know there are 3,200 different types of bread in Germany? To celebrate German Bread Day here are some of our favourites.

Merkel 'not available' for future political post after stepping down

Merkel 'not available' for future political post after stepping down

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday ruled out taking on any political office in the EU or elsewhere after her planned departure as Germany's leader in 2021.

EXPLAINED: How (and where) to enroll in a Master's program in Germany
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EXPLAINED: How (and where) to enroll in a Master's program in Germany

A total of 374,583 foreign students enrolled for higher education in German universities in the last semester of 2018. One recent international Master's graduate shares words of wisdom about how you can join the ranks.

How to take over The Local Germany's Instagram for a week

How to take over The Local Germany's Instagram for a week

The Local's #MyGermany series invites you to take over our Instagram account and show the world your Germany.

Overnight queues and complex rules: What Germany's immigration offices are really like
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Overnight queues and complex rules: What Germany's immigration offices are really like

From extreme queues and inconsistent rules to frustrating bureaucracy, the Ausländerbehörde is unavoidable for many internationals in Germany. We spoke to readers to hear their experiences.

German workers should be paid for overtime: EU court

German workers should be paid for overtime: EU court

Answering emails during your 'Feierabend'? According to a European Court of Justice ruling on Tuesday, this time should be recorded and paid.

German word of the day: Das Zeug

German word of the day: Das Zeug

Being one of the most universal words in the German language, Zeug makes for a very useful word of the day.

The ultimate guide to Germany's top Euro election candidates
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The ultimate guide to Germany's top Euro election candidates

The European elections are less than a month away and all EU citizens (probably even Brits) will have a chance to vote. We take a look at the German runners and riders.

14 facts you never knew about the Brandenburg Gate

14 facts you never knew about the Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is a military monument that has come to symbolize peace and unity. Here are a few facts about the iconic monument that you probably won't know.

Day release: Jailed Catalan separatists take seats in Spanish parliament

Day release: Jailed Catalan separatists take seats in Spanish parliament

Five jailed Catalan separatist leaders elected to the Spanish parliament last month were temporarily released from prison on Tuesday and escorted by police to the assembly to be sworn in as lawmakers.

 

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Six golden rules for creating the ideal German cover letter and résumé
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Six golden rules for creating the ideal German cover letter and résumé

Applying for jobs can feel overwhelming in a foreign country when you’re unfamiliar with the language and job market. The Local asked recruitment experts for their best tips on how to impress a potential German employer.

Everything you need to know about having a pet in Germany

Everything you need to know about having a pet in Germany

Whether you're bringing your furry friend from abroad or planning to adopt one, here are some key things you should know about having pets in Germany.