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Shifting political contours in Germany

Cable Magazine Scotland, November 1 2017 The German elections in September saw Angela Merkel win a fourth term as German Chancellor. However, her victory was somewhat overshadowed by the shifting political terrain in Germany. Writing from Berlin, Rachel Loxton reflects upon the mood of the election and casts an eye across the issues facing German politics. As… Continue reading Shifting political contours in Germany

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The politics of language

There’s a chapter in an English as a foreign language text book called: ‘How to avoid saying no directly’. I burst out laughing when I saw it. Is there anything more stereotypically British? I came across it at the language school I work at, where we regularly teach the art of small talk to students.… Continue reading The politics of language

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German Election special: The main players

One of the many things I’ve learned since moving to Germany is that politics doesn’t start and end with the UK. Obviously world politics has always been interesting - and is a hyped-up crazy spectacle right now - but I feel the UK is fairly inward looking. It always frustrated me that the newspaper industry in Scotland,… Continue reading German Election special: The main players

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When Nigel Farage visited Berlin

Here’s a short tale about the time a man, nicknamed “Mr Brexit”, was invited by a far-right political party to speak at a rally of their supporters in Berlin. It was a slightly bizarre setting. A renaissance fortress, in Spandau, west Berlin, was taken over last Friday by members of the Alternative for Deutschland (AfD)… Continue reading When Nigel Farage visited Berlin

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March 5 2017: Extremism on the march – Nazi shadow hangs over Germany’s resurgent far right

Sunday Herald, March 5 2017 AMONG all of Germany's political parties the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was the only one to cheer on Donald Trump's surprise presidential victory. The party, founded just four years ago on the back of the Euro debt crisis, may appear to stand alone but it has managed to gain… Continue reading March 5 2017: Extremism on the march – Nazi shadow hangs over Germany’s resurgent far right

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February 17 2017: Helping refugees in Berlin – it’s no joke, but a Scots comedian is doing his bit

Positively Scottish, February 17 2017 For tens of thousands of refugees who have fled war-torn countries, settling into life in a European city like Berlin is not easy. But Scottish comedian and former DJ Neil Numb is hoping to give them something to laugh about. The 43-year-old from Edinburgh has teamed up with charity arts… Continue reading February 17 2017: Helping refugees in Berlin – it’s no joke, but a Scots comedian is doing his bit