Germany Will Finally Allow Dual Citizenship and There's a Tough Fight Ahead
Guten morgen Reader -
Happy Monday! What's on this week? Germany finally approved dual citizenship laws. The country is uniting to fight against the rise of the far-right. Berlin has a lot of bizarre museums that you need to visit. Good news is in short supply at the moment.
We cover all this and more in our 22/01/2024 edition of The Berlin Life newsletter.
Sometimes, I'm going to overshare.
⭐ Germany is at a crossroads right now, with racist far-right parties steadily gaining popularity. When CORRECTIV recently exposed that the AfD met with Neo-Nazis (and other like-minded parties) last November to discuss plans to expel foreigners from Germany and strip others of their citizenship, it shocked and outraged a lot of people. If you haven't read their piece yet, give it a read. As seriously scary as things are, it was great to see more than 1,000,000 people attend peaceful demonstrations across Germany this weekend to protest these alarming developments. Check out my photos from the demo in Berlin.
⭐ I've focused on self-care this month and spent an evening at a women's only hammam, treating myself to a scrub and soap treatment, concluding with a massage. I've also been making ginger shots at home, as it has many health benefits. I also tried out the Vietnamese brunch at Anjoy this weekend, which was super yummy.
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German companies hiring right now.
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News in Germany
All of the news in Germany.
⭐ Germany reforms citizenship law - DW published an informative overview of what the new citizenship laws entail, opposition to the changes, and how this law is long overdue for some members of the German population. You can read more details on the new laws on the Bundestag's website.
⭐ Germany sees second day of large protests against far right - Read more about the show of solidarity that Germans across the nation showed this weekend as they stood up against the growing far-right threat.
⭐ Why Germany’s far right AfD is thriving despite scandal - The good fight is far from over, as the AfD isn't about to go away anytime soon.
⭐ CSU push for Berlin Bürgerämter to open on Saturdays - It's a great idea that would be well received by Berliners, but there aren't enough employees to staff an extra day. Womp, womp.
⭐ Germany on track for two-year recession as economy shrinks in 2023 - Germany's economic woes aren't set to go away anytime soon, as "Experts said the country’s economy was in permanent crisis mode”.
⭐ A Black Forest fairytale: riding Germany’s ‘hell valley’ railway in winter - Escape the doom and gloom and head to the Black Forest for a holiday break.
⭐ Shortfalls could challenge Germany's generosity - The varying political parties can't make up their mind about what to do about the debt break (and other issues) the impact could have far-reaching consequences on how much Germany spends at home and abroad.
⭐ Weird and wonderful: Berlin’s most unusual museums - Have yourself some fun this winter and visit some of Berlin's most odd museums.
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