59 - Merkel's busy diplomatic week, German craftsmanship and Hamburg's mayor

Angela Merkel has had one of her busiest weeks in diplomacy to date as she travels across two continents to broker a ceasefire in the conflict in Ukraine.

The country is known for its signature quality and craftsmanship. Psychologist Sven Rudloff talks about how this came to be.

Our German of the Week is Olaf Scholz, the social democratic mayor of Hamburg, whose party has won over 45% of votes in the city’s elections on Sunday.

For our weekly destination feature, we take you a large beautiful forest… in the bustling capital of Berlin.

All that, plus the rest of the week’s news in brief. Take a listen in the player below!

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