Esme Nicholson

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In Germany, A Syrian Refugee Is Reunited With His Family

Friday, March 31, 2017

Syrian refugee Monzer Omar, who first spoke with NPR in 2015, has been living in Germany awaiting his wife and young children. After a 10-hour trek out of Syria, they were able to join him in January.


In A Crucial Election Year, Worries Grow In Germany About Fake News

Friday, March 10, 2017

With elections this fall, Germany is bracing for an escalation of fake news. Trust in the traditional press is waning, but some outlets are fighting back.


Commentary: Why I Decided To Become A German Citizen After Brexit

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Esme Nicholson, with NPR in Berlin, was born in England but became a German citizen after Britain voted to leave the European Union. She reflects on what it means to be German in today's Europe.


'Migrant Hire' Connects Refugees To German Tech Industry

Friday, February 10, 2017

With an aging population and skilled labor shortage, German industry leaders view the almost million migrants who have arrived since 2015 as an opportunity. But integrating them quickly into the labor market is a challenge. Syrian refugee Hussein Shaker may have the answer. He's founded Migrant Hire, a website that helps refugees with software development skills obtain jobs in the capital's lively tech scene.


Satirist Takes Berlin Holocaust Memorial Selfie-Takers To Task

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A Berlin-based Israeli satirist tweaks selfies taken at the memorial to elicit discomfort — and reflection. The memorial, he says, is "not just another backdrop for goofy selfies."


U.S. Tanks Return To Germany To Help NATO Monitor Russian Aggression

Monday, January 09, 2017

The tanks are part of NATO's efforts to support Poland and the Baltic States as they face a resurgent Russia — following Moscow's annexation of Crimea and its intervention in Eastern Ukraine.


The Two Women Leaders Who Have To Figure Out The Brexit

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Britain's new prime minister, Theresa May, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have a mammoth task ahead: overcoming their differences over how to handle Britain's departure from the EU.


Euro 2016 Fans Brace For Heightened Security

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The European soccer championship is second only to the World Cup in TV viewership. But this year's events might be more subdued than usual. Security fears could keep the crowds down in many cities.


Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

Friday, April 29, 2016

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.


'Brexit' Vote Worries Britons Living In Germany

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Nearly 2 million Britons live in continental Europe, and many are concerned that their lives will be adversely affected if Britain chooses to leave the European Union in a referendum in June.


Why This German City Has Banned Coffee Pods In Government Buildings

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

While a caffeinated workforce is generally a happy one, it may not be an efficient one — at least, not from a planetary point of view, according to the German city of Hamburg. As part of a wider effort to reduce waste and energy consumption, Hamburg has banned the use ...


European Pirate Radio Network Broadcasts Alternative To Syria's State Media

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A non-profit organization in Berlin has invented a small portable transmitter that can download satellite signals and rebroadcast them on FM for Syrians to listen to on their car or household radios.


After Istanbul Bombing, German Tourists Warned To Avoid Crowds

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Most of those killed and wounded by this week's suicide bombing in Turkey were German tourists. Last year, about 5 million Germans went to Turkey, making them the country's best tourist customers.


Germans, Migrants Share A Choir Where The Singing Is Secondary

Sunday, December 20, 2015

For many members of Berlin's recently formed Begegnungschor Choir (which roughly translates as the Getting To Know You Choir), meeting migrants is nothing new. Most of them regularly help out at shelters, like thousands of volunteers throughout Germany.

But for volunteers and migrants alike, these encounters rarely lead to more ...


On Eve Of Big Vote, Germany Expected To Join Campaign Against ISIS

Thursday, December 03, 2015

The German parliament votes Friday on whether to send military support for French attacks on ISIS in Syria. The measure is expected to pass the Bundestag.


Paris Attacks Put Pressure On Germany To Tighten Its Refugee Policy

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Paris attacks increase pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to tighten German refugee policy. There's evidence suggesting one suspect entered Europe with the migrants coming ashore in Greece.


Online University For Refugees Opens In Berlin As Flow Of Migrants Continues

Friday, October 16, 2015

An online university based in Berlin opened Thursday where refugees can begin to earn bachelor's degrees, even if they lack the documents required to start a regular college.


As Migrants Pour In, Germany Launches Online University For Them

Friday, October 16, 2015

A new university in Berlin is exclusively geared to refugees. Kiron University relies on existing online courses and aims to be tuition-free and accessible to asylum seekers worldwide.


A German Town In Decline Sees Refugees As Path To Revival

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Many towns in eastern Germany suffered sharp population declines after reunification as the young and educated left. One mayor hopes to rebuild his community with the help of Middle Eastern migrants.


'Merkel' Has Become A Verb In German Youth Vernacular

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On the international stage, she's seen as decisive and principled, especially when it concerns austerity measures in Europe. Domestically, however, Germany's chancellor is known for a wait-and-see approach to politics. Her political position on major debates, like gay marriage, is deemed as deliberately vague.

Merkel's propensity ...