Germany’s weapons industry is booming, and even the vice chancellor’s attempt to stop selling tanks to the Saudis is a minor concession for the world’s third biggest arms exporter. But the trade is destabilizing security.
So how are the Germans preparing for Friday’s Mayan-calendar inspired apocalypse? While the Maya hysteria is debunked by scientists and ethnologists, Ben Knight finds that people really are unprepared for catastrophe.
Several primary and secondary schools in Berlin are segregating migrant children into classes with “vastly inferior education,” to attract “ethnic Germans,” an NGO has told a United Nations Human Rights session in Geneva.
Football violence is increasing in Germany, with reports of trouble at games now almost every week. At the same time, the Bundesliga is booming. The Local asked Jacob Sweetman of No Dice magazine to square the circle.
Nalan Arkat, general secretary of the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD), tells The Local why the 50th anniversary of the labour agreement between Germany and Turkey is a time for reflection, not celebration.
Beer in Palestine? Oompah music in Ho Chi Minh City? With Munich’s legendary beer bash Oktoberfest about to celebrate its 200th anniversary, Ben Knight takes a look at the impact of Bavaria’s cultural juggernaut around the world.
Check out this blog I wrote together with journalist David Sharp for The Localduring the World Cup. It covers Germany’s thrilling campaign, and casts an analytical eye on German media coverage of the tournament.