Shifting political contours in Germany

Cable Magazine Scotland, November 1 2017 The German elections in September saw Angela Merkel win a fourth term as German Chancellor. However, her victory was somewhat overshadowed by the shifting political terrain in Germany. Writing from Berlin, Rachel Loxton reflects upon the mood of the election and casts an eye across the issues facing German politics. As … Continue reading Shifting political contours in Germany

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German Election special: The main players

One of the many things I’ve learned since moving to Germany is that politics doesn’t start and end with the UK. Obviously world politics has always been interesting - and is a hyped-up crazy spectacle right now - but I feel the UK is fairly inward looking. It always frustrated me that the newspaper industry in Scotland, … Continue reading German Election special: The main players

March 5 2017: Extremism on the march – Nazi shadow hangs over Germany’s resurgent far right

Sunday Herald, March 5 2017 AMONG all of Germany's political parties the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was the only one to cheer on Donald Trump's surprise presidential victory. The party, founded just four years ago on the back of the Euro debt crisis, may appear to stand alone but it has managed to gain … Continue reading March 5 2017: Extremism on the march – Nazi shadow hangs over Germany’s resurgent far right

February 17 2017: Helping refugees in Berlin – it’s no joke, but a Scots comedian is doing his bit

Positively Scottish, February 17 2017 For tens of thousands of refugees who have fled war-torn countries, settling into life in a European city like Berlin is not easy. But Scottish comedian and former DJ Neil Numb is hoping to give them something to laugh about. The 43-year-old from Edinburgh has teamed up with charity arts … Continue reading February 17 2017: Helping refugees in Berlin – it’s no joke, but a Scots comedian is doing his bit

September 9 2016: Aberdeen DJs at heart and soul of 70s sound

The Evening Express, September 9 2016 It could have gone either way for Steve Willox. Just over 40 years ago, the taxi driver, 56, was walking along Union Street when he spotted a man wearing baggy trousers and a white blouse. As a 15-year-old who was always up for a fight, Steve squared up to the … Continue reading September 9 2016: Aberdeen DJs at heart and soul of 70s sound

July 5 2016: Fighting to win back trust: Inside Aberdeen’s crematorium

The Evening Express, July 5 2016 Families are gathering at the front of Hazlehead Crematorium as they get ready to say goodbye to their loved one. The midweek service is the last of the day at the council-run facility, which cremates around 50 to 60 people a week during the summer months, but can reach 90 … Continue reading July 5 2016: Fighting to win back trust: Inside Aberdeen’s crematorium

April 22 2016: Exclusive: Noel Gallagher speaks on Aberdeen and rowies ahead of AECC gig

The Evening Express, April 22 2016 There can’t be much in this world that leaves Noel Gallagher speechless. But try asking him if he’s eaten a rowie. The 48-year-old can’t get his head around the lard-filled Aberdeen roll – but he’s willing to give them a try when he comes to the city with his band … Continue reading April 22 2016: Exclusive: Noel Gallagher speaks on Aberdeen and rowies ahead of AECC gig