GERMANY: To ban disposable plastics by mid-2021


Photo: DPAGerman lawmakers approved legislation Thursday banning disposable plastic products such as straws, cutlery and cotton buds that are polluting the world’s oceans. The new law passed by Germany’s lower house of parliament will halt the sale of certain single-use plastics by July 2021. The move brings Germany in line with its European commitments afterContinue reading “GERMANY: To ban disposable plastics by mid-2021”

Germany Is Betting Everything On Electric Cars


Image: Volkswagen   BY: Bradley Brownell/Jalopnik   Earlier in June the German government announced a huge economic stimulus package with sweeping incentives pushing the country toward an electric transit future. In all, the country will be spending some 130 billion euros on an economic recovery plan that involves cash for Germans buying electric cars, aContinue reading “Germany Is Betting Everything On Electric Cars”

Germany: Advice for sex and dating during the coronavirus crisis?


How do you get close to a potential romantic partner during the pandemic? Photo: DPA By Rachal Loxton/The Local Some countries have issued frank sex advice for single people, while others have kept it vague. What’s the official advice in Germany when it comes to dating in the time of corona? Since the height ofContinue reading “Germany: Advice for sex and dating during the coronavirus crisis?”

These are the 15 most romantic towns to visit in Germany


  Every year millions of tourists flock to big cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. But for anyone seeking something a little more picturesque and authentic, here are 15 of the most romantic towns and small cities in Germany. By: Anja Samy/The Local Germany   1. Bamberg (nearest city – Nuremberg) Like Rome, this smallContinue reading “These are the 15 most romantic towns to visit in Germany”

German project spotlights happiness through the eyes of a child


By: Rachel Stern/The Local Germany What is a happy day for you? To find the best answers, dance teacher Karina Sillmann began asking the children, ages 7-12, in her class in Aschaffenburg near Frankfurt. Even over the holidays, amid the gift-giving and glittering Christmas markets, happiness for them boiled down to the immaterial. One girlContinue reading “German project spotlights happiness through the eyes of a child”

Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world.


Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world, Despite what you read and see on television. America and Americans haven’t lost our minds or our way.  We realize you are bombarded with negative sounds and images emanating from our great nation, leaving the impressionContinue reading “Dear, Canada, Britain, France, Mexico, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Nigeria, Argentina,Japan, New Zealand and the rest of the world.”

Zzzzzz Your next-NEXT car will be Electric!


Yes, your next NEXT car will be electric.   A report from research firm,Bloomberg New Energy Finance says by 2022,” the report says, the cost of ownership of battery electric vehicles will fall below that of an internal combustion engine vehicle.  Bloomberg projects by 2040 25% of the cars globally will be electric. In 2016, nearlyContinue reading “Zzzzzz Your next-NEXT car will be Electric!”

Meet the matchmaker hooking up US soldiers with German women


Matchmaker Jessica Dreyer. Photo: private By: Emma Anderson/The Local With thousands of American military members and personnel in the Wiesbaden (Germany) community, there is certainly a market for foreign singles looking to settle in. And that’s where matchmaker Jessica Dreyer steps in. When Wiesbaden native Jessica Dreyer started working at the US Army Europe headquartersContinue reading “Meet the matchmaker hooking up US soldiers with German women”

Eight weird habits you’ll pick up in Germany


In Germany men sit down when taking a pee. Photo: DPA When you go back the homeland for your Christmas hols don’t be surprised if people look at you a bit funny – you’ve probably picked up one of these peculiarly German habits. Not crossing the street until it’s green Berlin’s famous Ampelmann. Photo: DPAContinue reading “Eight weird habits you’ll pick up in Germany”

Germany will soon have more refugees in work than out: report


Refugees from Afghanistan train in Jena to learn metalworking. Photo: DPA. The number of employed refugees in Germany will exceed those out of work within the next two years, according to a new report.   By the end of 2018, some 410,000 refugees will have jobs in Germany, newspaper Bild reports, citing a new studyContinue reading “Germany will soon have more refugees in work than out: report”