Tag: german

Global

Pug seized over unpaid debts

A family in the German town of Ahlen has had their pug seized and sold on eBay by local officials. The action was taken in response to the family’s failure to pay their debts, which included a dog tax. Many people took to social media to criticise those involved, arguing it was heartless to seize…

Global

The German economy dodges recession

Germany narrowly avoided entering recession at the end of 2018. Having posted a contraction of 0.2 percent in the third quarter, growth was zero for the final quarter meaning Europe’s largest economy did not enter recession. The weak growth is blamed on a global and Eurozone slowdown, as well as falling consumer demand for cars…

Arts

Viking exhibition at the Norwich Castle Museum

In the eighth and ninth centuries, the area of East Anglia was particularly vulnerable to invasion from Vikings sailing across the North Sea. With fertile land conveniently located facing the southern part of Scandinavia, the invasion of East Anglia and Northumbria (what is now northern England and south-eastern Scotland) by the Great Heathen Army in…

Creative Writing

Treptow-Köpenick

Away from the centre, from the anxious headache, The mad rush of Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Tiergarten, Bundestag, Pull me out, lift me up, and let me take My own small piece Of this German Manhattan: Ich möchte retten The city I see splashed over postcards and shot on film, The clichéd Berlin – oh please…

Global

Brexit Box

With the Parliamentary recess over, now is the perfect time to take stock of the Summer’s Brexit headlines (and a few stories that were easy to miss).   The big pre-recess headline was Theresa May defying expectations of a shift towards a hard Brexit, by releasing a brief from Chequers in July that would keep…

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