Opinion: In defence of Uber – Three reasons it beats taxis

Uber has quickly become the most contentious technology company in Germany, challenging the taxi establishment as well as regulators across the country, as attempts to ban the chauffeur app leap from the municipal to the national stage. The following is an excerpt of an opinion piece I pitched and edited for The Local Germany. As …

Germany’s brain drain is Europe’s gain

Figures from the European Union show that while many German professionals are able to find work abroad with their well-recognized qualifications, Germany doesn’t always extend the same courtesy to foreigners. From 2003 to the end of 2013, Germany topped the list of countries whose professionals have sought to relocate and be accredited in other¬†European countries, …

Dying town centres seek the miracle cure

Home to two-thirds of Germany’s population, many of its small cities and towns are struggling to revive their declining centres. The Local’s Tomas Urbina reports from Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony, as it tries to dig its way out of the economic doldrums. It’s 2 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon and the downtown promenades in Delmenhorst, …