In the German papers this week: Vexing and perplexing news stories from Berlin and beyond... Read more

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With Berghain turning 12 last weekend, there's no doubt that the world's most famous club is doing well. Especially in light of the court decision supposedly dubbing the nightlife behemoth "high culture" last month. But what's the real story? Read more


Hans-Torsten Richter answers your questions about surviving and thriving in Berlin. Write to Read more


There's a lot going on in the world today. But that doesn't mean there's no time to act local. Disposable coffee cups create an absurd amount of waste and the Berlin parliament plans to do something about it. Read more

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This month marks the one-year anniversary of Germany's minimum wage, but plenty of Berlin restaurants still aren't paying workers the legal €8.50/hour, at least on paper. How do they get away with it? And why might it actually be a good thing? Read more

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Were you baptised? If so, beware... you might owe hundreds of euros in church tax without knowing it. Take heed from the strange case of Thomas Bores, says Gris. Read more

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Everyone hates rich people, so why don't we hate rich companies? Read more

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A new "freelancer tax" will surely be the death knell of many a one-man or woman start-up in Berlin. Read more

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Tax deadline is creeping up on us. And for the 2011 return, it may be May 31, but if you aren't thinking about it by now, you should. We have a few tips for those of you not so familiar with Germany's tax-appeal (and non-appeal). Read more

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