Esme Nicholson

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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 ...


Germany Moves Quickly To Restore Business Ties With Iran

Friday, July 24, 2015

Germany has already sent a delegation to Iran as it looks to restore trade ties. Under the recent nuclear deal, many sanctions will be lifted. But not everyone is thrilled with Germany's move.


In Germany, Seasonal Eating As Way Of Life — And Excuse To Celebrate

Monday, June 22, 2015

Many fruit and vegetables just aren't available year-round in German grocery stores. So when favorites like asparagus are in season, Germans fill their baskets ... and throw some parties.


Courier Strike In Berlin Keeps ATMs From Being Replenished

Monday, May 11, 2015

Couriers who re-fill ATMs in Berlin have been on strike for more than a week, and there's no end in sight. That's a problem in a country where almost 80 percent of all transactions are cash payments.


In Berlin, Grassroots Efforts Work To Integrate Inner-City Schools

Thursday, March 05, 2015

In parts of the city, racial segregation in schools is often a reality. But small parent-led initiatives — one immigrant-led, one native-led — have been working to change perceptions and enrollment.


Age 85 And Still Stylish On The Streets Of Berlin

Friday, January 02, 2015

In Berlin, street fashion's trendiest figure is Ali Akdeniz, age 85. His dapper attire is the focus of a blog that went viral. Its creator, Zoe Spawton, won Germany's most prestigious...

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In Berlin, A Beat That Bloomed From Rubble

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Today Berlin is a techno hot spot. The scene has its roots in the fall of the Berlin Wall, when young people from East and West got together in abandoned buildings to dance and celebrate together.


The Cold War Broadcast That Gave East German Dissidents A Voice

Saturday, November 08, 2014

When Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called for glasnost and perestroika (openness and restructuring) in the communist world in the 1980s, East German leaders resisted. But grass-roots opposition groups in East Germany saw an opening.

There was a forum for critical, public debate in the Protestant church, which had a degree ...


Energy Deal With Russians Puts Some In Germany On Edge

Friday, March 21, 2014

The German government has intervened in a trade deal between a German arms manufacturer and the Russian military.