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  1. Two MBA graduates from EMLYON Business School explain how their studies helped them to land their dream jobs working for international organisations.

    When you spend upwards of nine months as part of a diverse team working on a single project, you learn a thing or two about cultural differences and how to overcome them. These are lessons that prove invaluable for those pursuing careers in international organisations that bring together employees from around the world.


    Read more on The Local: The French business school helping students craft more meaningful careers




  2. The Swedes know a thing or two about beauty. After all, they live in one of the most captivating countries on the planet. They have the cosmopolitan allure of water-surrounded Stockholm; the vast sweeping beaches of Skåne; the skyscraping white sierras of Lapland and much, much more. Yet, when they were asked in a survey which part of Sweden was most beautiful they chose none of these celebrated places.


    Read more on The Local: 10 extraordinary facts about Sweden's dazzling High Coast






  3. 31 minutes ago, fraufruit said:


    So is it once or twice?



    Not falling for your clickbait.


    Once per day, and twice in total - so once on one day and once on another day.


    It's not clickbait. Clickbait is misleading headlines which lure you into an article only to find something completely different. This is an announcement about a free newsletter on a very topical subject of concern to a lot of people. We think is informative and useful.


  4. Well, the main problem as you know is that nobody has a clue how this is all going to pan out. But instead of covering the party political drama in London and the posturing between the negotiators, we're talking to people around Europe - businesses, national governments, Brits - about how they are planning for life after March 2019 and what their expectations are.


    We're also rounding up the views from the European press - which you could of course get from Google but we're saving you the hassle.


    And finally, we are listing and linking to local events around Europe which could shed some light on the situation and allow people to air their views.


  5. Oh, sorry, we sent the wrong ad. Now there's one that's clearly from The Local. It should only present itself once per day, tops. 


    If the facepalming was a general Brexit-related facepalm, we hear you. But with this newsletter we're trying to avoid the politics and stick to more useful info for Brits in Europe who are wondering what the hell is going on. So far people have been very positive about it.


  6. A Berlin woman was reunited with her stolen dog on Sunday only to discover that it had likely been sexually assaulted. There may be more than one attacker, vets said.


    Kessie, a three-year-old mongrel, was stolen from outside an Edeka supermarket in the Neukölln area of Berlin while her owner was inside on Wednesday, the BZ newspaper reported.


    Lena H. and her flatmate searched around before hanging up lost dog signs in the Herfurthplatz area. She received a call from an animal shelter in Lichtenberg on Thursday, saying her dog had been found trembling and tied to a fence.


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  7. The United States flatly denied on Sunday that President Barack Obama had been informed years ago that US spy agencies were monitoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone calls.


    German media reported that eavesdropping on Merkel's phone may have started in 2002, when she was Germany's main opposition leader and three years before she became chancellor.


    It also claimed the spying was being conducted from a secret listening station within the US Embassy in Berlin which is just a few hundred yards from the German parliament and chancellor's office.


    On Monday pictures of the embassy were in several German newspapers running alongside stories claiming it contained the listening station from where Merkel's phone was being tapped.


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  8. US President Barack Obama was personally informed of mobile phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday as a damaging espionage scandal widened.


    Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted US intelligence sources as saying that National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander had briefed Obama on the operation against Merkel in 2010.


    "Obama did not halt the operation but rather let it continue," the newspaper quoted a high-ranking NSA official as saying.


    News weekly Der Spiegel reported that leaked NSA documents showed that Merkel's phone had appeared on a list of spying targets since 2002, and was still under surveillance shortly before Obama visited Berlin in June.


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  9. Despite the strong economy, the number of impoverished Germans has been steadily increasing. Figures from a European-wide study released on Friday show one in six people are at risk of poverty.


    That is considerably more than in Germany's neighbouring countries, the Czech Republic and France.


    The figures from the German Office of National Statistics (Destatis) and Eurostat, which included 13,145 German households, showed 16.1 percent of Germans were at risk of falling into relative poverty, compared to 9.6 percent in the Czech Republic, 10.1 percent in the Netherlands and 14.1 percent in France.


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  10. Popstar Lady Gaga launched her third album Artpop with a party at Berlin's famous Berghain nightclub on Thursday night and displayed some of her trademark bizarre outfits to the German crowd.


    The 100-strong audience at the venue, a converted power station in east Berlin, "were all ecstatic fans and c-list celebrities" reported the Spiegel.


    Gaga has been in the capital since Wednesday, when hundreds of fans waited for autographs in front of the Hotel Ritz Carlton in Postdamer Platz where she is staying.


    CLICK HERE for photos of Lady Gaga in Berlin


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  11. Since January, German households have had to pay a monthly broadcasting license fee of €17.98, regardless of whether they own a television or radio. Now public broadcasters ARD and ZDF have revealed where that money goes.


    ARD gets €12.81 of the fee from each household, while ZDF gets €4.37, Deutschland Radio €0.46 and other outlets €0.34.


    Fans of Germany's flagship detective show, Tatort will be pleased to know that 15 cents of their monthly contribution goes towards producing their Sunday night staple.


    ARD's big-name talk show hosts, Jausch, Plasberg and Maischberger get 10 cents for their programmes from every household while the Tagesschau and Tagesthemen daily news shows get 26 cents.


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  12. UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel said the relationship between the United States and Germany was not a "one-way street" and that actions, not words, mattered in the future.


    She made the comments following a meeting of the European Commission in Brussels.


    Merkel said EU member states had agreed on the importance of co-operation between US and European intelligence services in ensuring the safety of citizens. However she added that "rather than making co-operation easier, mistrust makes it more difficult."


    She also announced that Germany and France intended to redefine their security co-operation with the US by the end of this year.


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  13. UPDATE: Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday it was "really not on" for allies to spy on each other as the fall-out over allegations that the US National Security Agency tapped her mobile phone continues.


    "We need trust between allies and partners, and such trust needs to be restored," she said on arrival at an EU summit in Brussels.


    Germany has reacted with anger over allegations the NSA tapped Merkel's phone. Developments on Thursday include:


    -Germany summoning the US ambassador in Berlin;


    -The federal prosecutor's office in Karlsruhe, part of the Ministry of Justice, intervening by stating on Thursday lunchtime it will investigate the case;


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  14. Six weeks ago The Local published a list of the top expat complaints to their German partners. In the interest of fairness we have turned the subject on its head in this week's Local List.


    We have returned to our intercultural relations expert to look at the top German complaints about their expat partners.


    Blogger Oh God, My Wife Is German and The Local this week look at ten common complaints from Germans lucky enough to fall in love with expats.


    Our list takes us from queues to cars, kissing to credit cards as we examine some of the speed bumps in German-expat relationships.


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  15. The Vatican on Wednesday suspended indefinitely a German Catholic cleric dubbed the "bling bishop" for his luxury lifestyle, despite multiple calls in Germany for him to be dismissed.


    "The Holy See deems it appropriate to authorize a period of leave from the diocese for Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst," the Vatican said in a statement.


    "The Holy Father has been continuously and objectively informed of the situation," it said. "A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties."


    It did not specify how long the bishop would have to stay away but added that this would depend on an analysis of the finances of his Limburg diocese and the responsibilities for its high costs.


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