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Is Bayern Munich's Dominance Good or Bad for the Bundesliga? If Borussia Dortmund and Schalke drop points this weekend, Bayern Munich have the chance to wrap up the Bundesliga title with a win against Mainz. On top of all the other records they have already set and broken, it would be the earliest a team in Germany has ever won the league. Bayern's treble-winning campaign last season and their dominant run this year have raised German football's profile enormously, but it has also raised questions over whether that dominance actually benefits the league or is in fact detrimental. The prevailing thought, or the most lingering on the surface, is that Bayern's imperious form has made a traditionally competitive league boring and predictable. Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has been one of the many voices reinforcing that sentiment. "The danger is very real that it will be boring at the top," Voller told the BBC earlier this year. Clint Hughes/Getty Images Voller is one of many who think Bayern's dominance hurts the Bundesliga.

German attitudes towards migrants are a matter of generation. Explicit cookie consent. YOU do not have to know a lot about football to understand that in Germany, one team dominates. Bayern Munich have won nearly half the domestic league titles since the formation of the Bundesliga in 1963, taking home 13 of the last 20. Bookmakers give the Bavarian side an 85% chance of winning their fifth championship in a row next year. Not content with losing just two league games all season, Bayern triumphed in the DFB-Pokal, the German knock-out competition, for the third time in four seasons on May 21st. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer could have spent the first third of the 2015-16 campaign on holiday: had Bayern Munich conceded all of the shots against them from their first 13 games in the Bundesliga, they would still have been top of the league. It is easy to sympathise with fans of Borussia Dortmund, the closest thing that Bayern have to a challenger.

Yet these ostensibly egalitarian intentions have actually had the opposite effect. Is such concentration of power a good thing? Germany’s economic model: What Germany offers the world. Correction to this article THE European Central Bank controls Europe's currency from Frankfurt, Germany's financial centre. Beckhoff Automation, in a bucolic corner of Westphalia, controls the bank. Or more precisely, its devices control the bank's lighting and ventilation. Other Beckhoff gizmos raise the curtain and dim the lights at Milan's Teatro alla Scala. Yet more are embedded in luxury sailboats, in dancing fountains outside Las Vegas hotels and in half the wind turbines made in China.

Omnipresent but obscure, family owned but by no means puny, Beckhoff is among thousands of “hidden champions” that account for much of Germany's prowess as a manufacturer and exporter. Largely thanks to its Beckhoffs, Germany looks like a bright exception to the dispiriting rule among developed economies. Envy and emulation Not all the news is good. Such success does not bring universal admiration. Yet there is also a great deal of admiration. But is the model copiable? Shaping up. Best universities in Germany | THE Rankings. Thinking of studying in Germany? The best German universities according to the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2015-16 include prestigious old institutions alongside younger technical universities.

The top universities in Germany are scattered throughout the country, with options to study in Munich, Berlin and 35 other cities in Germany. Resources: study in Europe - Explore other top universities in Europe- Where do you get value for money at European universities? - Where can you study in English around the world? In total, 37 universities in Germany are counted among the very best universities in the world. LMU Munich is the top university in Germany, followed by Heidelberg University.

There are more than 500 degrees (bachelor's and master's programmes) taught in English at top German universities. Resources: International university rankings Top 5 universities in Germany Scroll down to view the full table of the best German universities 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The German School System Explained. The main guidelines governing education in Germany are mostly handled at the federal level by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. For instance, every child must enroll in school by the age of six and complete at least nine years of schooling.

But much of the education policy in Germany remains in the domain of the 16 German states. That means there is a fair amount of variation state to state. The First Years Parents in Germany have the option of enrolling their children under age three in nurseries called Kinderkrippen or finding private childcare or nannies, Tagesmuetter, to watch small children. Between the ages of three and six, children can attend Kindergartens or Kitas.

Some Kitas are state-sponsored, while others are run by the Catholic and Protestant churches, or are private. When children are six years old, the German government requires them to begin attending elementary school called Grundschule. Differences to the North American School Model Secondary School. German politicians say Merkel left EU exposed to Turkish blackmail. Merkel says German multicultural society has failed. Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says. She said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate - including learning German. The comments come amid rising anti-immigration feeling in Germany.

A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was "overrun by foreigners". The study - by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think-tank - also showed that roughly the same number thought that some 16 million of Germany's immigrants or people with foreign origins had come to the country for its social benefits. Foreign workers Mrs Merkel told a gathering of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday that at "the beginning of the 60s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country. " Mounting debate. Oktoberfest - History of Oktoberfest - Oktoberfest Music, Beer, Food, & Events. All about the world's largest folk festival O’zapft is -- Oktoberfest 2015 has officially begun! All about Oktoberfest: Intro | History of Oktoberfest | Events | Beer | Music | FoodBrowse: Oktoberfest CDs | Cookbooks & Food | Beer & Beer-Making | More Oktoberfest items How much do you know about Oktoberfest?

Take the Oktoberfest Quiz! Oktoberfest Oktoberfest, the world's largest beer festival, is held annually in Munich, Germany. The 16-day party attracts over 6 million people every year who consume 1.5 million gallons of beer, 200,000 pairs of pork sausage, and 480,000 spit-roasted chickens during the two-week extravaganza. All about Oktoberfest: Introduction | History | Events | Beer | Music | Food Browse: Oktoberfest CDs | Cookbooks & Food | Beer & Beer-Making | More Oktoberfest items History of Oktoberfest The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese.

Oktoberfest events. Migrant Crisis: Changing attitudes of a German city. "When the first refugees arrived here in Oberhausen we had a big welcome culture, this has calmed down," says Joerg Fischer, manager of a Red Cross refugee transit camp in Oberhausen in Germany. In the six months since BBC News first visited Oberhausen, the mood here has changed. The majority of people still welcome new arrivals, but there are some who say they are creating a strain on a local economy with an 11% rate of unemployment. Oberhausen lies in the western region of North Rhine-Westphalia, which took in an estimated 21% of asylum seekers in 2015, more than anywhere else in the country.

Nearly 3,000 refugees, many fleeing conflict in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, settled in Oberhausen last year. A BBC team first visited in October 2015 and has returned to speak to aid workers, residents and the asylum seekers themselves. How was Oberhausen coping when the BBC visited in 2015? "We are on top of the situation. Culture clashes Khaled has begun learning German and is looking for work. The road to victory of Germany,The World Cup 2014. German unemployment rate falls to record low. Image copyright DPA Germany's unemployment rate fell to a record low in May, while the jobless rate across the eurozone fell to 10.2% in April.

The unadjusted rate in Germany declined to 6% from 6.3% in April, the Federal Labour Office said. That was the lowest level since German reunification in 1990. Differences remain between the formerly divided country: it was just 5.5% in what was West Germany, but 8.4% in the once-Communist east. The fall reflected the strength of the labour market in Europe's largest economy. The eurozone jobless rate was down from 11% in April last year and the lowest figure for the 19 countries using the euro since August 2011, Eurostat said. Across the 28 countries in the European Union, unemployment fell to 8.7% in April, down from 8.8% in March and 9.6% in the same month last year. That was the lowest rate for the EU since April 2009. However, seven countries still have double-digit unemployment, with Italy at 11.7%, Spain at 20.1% and Greece at 24.4%.