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Importing the German Approach to Career Building - Brookings Institution (blog)

Importing the German Approach to Career Building - Brookings Institution (blog) | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
German-style apprenticeship programs have attracted private sector interest as well as healthy skepticism in the United States as leaders search for an antidote to skills gaps and stagnating incomes.
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In Germany, many students don't go to a university after high school: many serve as apprentices in companies before returning to formal education. In contrast to the US system, this gives young Germans a chance to build experience and specialized workplace skills long before their American counterparts.

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Hunting American Spooks: Germany Prepares Further Spying Clampdown - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Hunting American Spooks: Germany Prepares Further Spying Clampdown - SPIEGEL ONLINE | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
The latest revelations of US spying on Germany have unleashed unprecedented levels of distrust in Berlin. The government has already expelled the CIA's chief here and may soon be planning additional measures as it seeks answers from Washington.
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Though seen by many as manufactured outrage, the NSA spying scandal has been the country's largest foreign-policy controversy in many years by far. With two years since Edward Snowden's revelations, the Germans still haven't let it go, and are still actively pursuing American spying efforts on their soil.

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Germany's Disarmed Forces: Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Germany's Disarmed Forces: Ramshackle Military at Odds with Global Aspirations - SPIEGEL ONLINE | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
Germany wants to strengthen its role in international affairs. But recent reports suggest the country's weapons systems are in such disrepair that Berlin actually has very little to offer its partners.
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As Germany finds itself thrust into an ever-more leading role in Europe and abroad, it finds itself without a properly-equipped military.

The country has been very averse to military spending since the end of the Cold War (preferring to contract out its security to the United States, who still maintains several bases there), and has left its own military to wither on the vine. This article examines the implications.

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Is Germany ready to assume a global role?

Is Germany ready to assume a global role? | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
Support for a “greater world role” is higher than it used to be, but still not overwhelming.
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Since the Ukraine situation, Germany has found itself forced into a role as the key broker of negotiations between Russia, the EU, and beyond. However, Germans themselves are uncomfortable with this power and responsibility, and see themselves as being forced out of isolationism and into foreign politics against their will.

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Global comparison reveals Germany's 'Energiewende dilemma'

Global comparison reveals Germany's 'Energiewende dilemma' | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it

Swelling CO2 emissions from coal-fired power generation hurt Germany’s score in the latest global climate protection index compiled by the NGO Germanwatch. But the government’s latest action plan could bring about positive change. EurActiv Germany reports.

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Despite massive and aggressive subsidies for green energy development, Germany finds itself in an awkward position: their carbon emissions have actually increased in recent times. The continued support of coal power alongside renewables is to blame, says one NGO's report.

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Good News: Communists Are Back in Germany

Good News: Communists Are Back in Germany | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
For the first time in 25 years, a member of the party that ran East Germany has become prime minister of a German state. Could that mean the wounds of a divided Germany have almost healed?
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The presence of a communist party in a state parliament is a cause for alarm to some, but the writers of this opinion column believe it's a healthy sign-- to them, it means Germany may be coming to terms with the past of its former eastern Stasi regime, and giving the far left another chance. 

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Germany approves new minimum wage

Germany approves new minimum wage | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
The German parliament approves the country's first minimum wage, set at a level of 8.50 euros per hour.
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For the first time in history, Germany has approved a minimum wage. For decades, it was among the only developed countries without one. Many Germans considered it unnecessary due to the country's powerful unions and trade associations, which set wage rates at levels at or near those that a minimum wage proposal would have achieved. 

Now, all adult hourly workers are eligible to receive 8.50€, a figure lower than neighboring France, but in line with German costs of living.

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Tax Battle in Germany Shakes Family Dynasties

Tax Battle in Germany Shakes Family Dynasties | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
German corporate dynasties are under threat as a court rules this month on whether some exemptions from inheritance tax are in line with the constitution.
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In Germany, where 92% of businesses are family owned, the next generation may take over the business without a tax penalty. That privilege is coming under fire-- a new proposal could make family businesses subject to notoriously high inheritance taxes, with far-reaching consequences. 

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Merkel overwhelmingly reelected as party leader | News | DW.DE | 09.12.2014

Merkel overwhelmingly reelected as party leader | News | DW.DE | 09.12.2014 | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been reelected as head of Germany's ruling party. The results show just how confident the Christian Democrats are in their powerful leader.
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Despite being on her third term in office, Merkel's era of leadership seems far from over: she was recently re-elected as the head of her party by a staggering margin of almost 98% (quite a contrast to the inner-party disagreement common in American politics!). Merkel enjoys massive mainstream popularity, and this result indicates that she could easily be elected to a fourth term as Chancellor in 2017 if she chooses to continue.

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Is a radical 'no email' policy moral failing?

Is a radical 'no email' policy moral failing? | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
David Wheeler says a German proposal to ban work emails after business hours helps protect work-life balance
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A dissenting opinion makes the case in favor of Germany's new "no-email" labor proposal. It contrasts the country's generous labor laws (including shorter work weeks and long paid maternity leave for women) to the notorious culture of long hours, short vacations, and high stress levels endemic to American workplaces, and sees the email ban as a beneficial tool for further improving work-life balance.

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Achtung! Germany named world's favorite country - USA TODAY

Achtung! Germany named world's favorite country - USA TODAY | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
Well, it took about 70 years. Yes, from being the world's pariah in the years following Nazism and World War II, Germany is now the world's favorite country, according to the Anholt-Gfk Nations Brand Index.
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It's official-- Germany has topped the USA in a perception ranking as the world's "favorite," a likely result of its economic triumphs, beauty, pacifism, and modernity.

 

Nationalism is understanably frowned upon there, but do Germans really have to hide it anymore? Have Germans finally earned back the right to be proud of their country's achievements and stewardship in the world? There's certainly a case to be made.

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BBC News Two sides of a Euro The economy in Germany and Italy

The eurozone economies are still struggling for the most part, with most relying on Germany, whose economy is still fairly strong and robust . Italy in parti...
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The economic disparities between northern and southern Europe came to light with the Eurozone debt crisis, but are nothing new. This video makes a good contrast of the deep-seated differences between the two regions to put it in perspective for us in the United States.

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Into the future with German 3.0 - Deutsche Welle

Into the future with German 3.0 - Deutsche Welle | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
English remains the most-spoken language in the world, but German plays an important role as well - and not only as a cultural language. With "German 3.0," the Goethe Institute is examining the future of German.
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With English as the longstanding "international" language and a shrinking population of native speakers, what place will German have in the future? This article examines perspectives.

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German immigrants bring in £18bn to the economy - Telegraph.co.uk

German immigrants bring in £18bn to the economy - Telegraph.co.uk | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
Figures reveal foreigners in Germany contribute more than they take out of the economy, after refugees protest about their right to stay in the country
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Immigration has long been a controversial issue in Germany, but new evidence is making the case in favor of legal immigrants from an economic standpoint.

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Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Germany's Ailing Infrastructure: A Nation Slowly Crumbles - SPIEGEL ONLINE | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
Germany has long had a reputation for excellent infrastructure. But in recent years, both public and private investment has dwindled dramatically, and officials are increasingly concerned about how to solve the problem. They have good reason to be worried.
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Though Germany is known for its top-notch public transport infrastructure, such things don't last forever-- highways and railroads all crumble eventually, and the country is looking toward solutions for the long term.

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Here's The Real Reason Uber Is Having A Tough Time In Germany

Here's The Real Reason Uber Is Having A Tough Time In Germany | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
Uber has an unusual problem in Germany.
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Uber, a taxi alternative famous for disrupting the cab monopolies in US cities, is making its way overseas. According to some, the business is having difficulty making inroads in Germany not for legal reasons, but because German consumers prefer the standard Mercedes E-Class cabs over (typically smaller) private vehicles run by Uber drivers.

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Germany still dependent on Russian energy - The Local

Germany still dependent on Russian energy - The Local | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
New figures released on Monday showed that Germany continues to be heavily dependent on Russia for its fossil fuel supplies as tensions remain high over Ukraine.
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Unlike the United States, Germany does not have significant reserves of fossil fuels, and those it does have are locked away: the country's pervasive environmentalism means that techniques like fracking are out of the question.

Its main source? Russia. Germany depends on it, severely weakening their bargaining position against an increasingly unruly Putin government.

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Amazon faces yet another strike in Germany - CNET

Amazon faces yet another strike in Germany - CNET | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
German union Verdi, which has been battling with Amazon over worker wages, calls for a strike during the busy holiday shopping season.
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Nearly every type of occupation in Germany is unionized, and the unions' power regularly leads to crippling strikes in key industries like air travel and public transit.

This article details one such strike with the world's largest mail-order retailer, with wide-reaching  consequences for the holiday gift season.

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Germany struggles to cope with asylum surge

Germany struggles to cope with asylum surge | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
Jenny Hill reports from Bavaria on the growing numbers of refugees seeking asylum in Germany, straining the welfare system.
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Germany has taken an outsized number of refugees in the past year, mainly from war-torn Syria. Under political pressure and not eager to repeat the xenophobia of Germany's past, the country feels its hands are tied, and they continue to take on far more asylum-seekers than any other EU country.

The influx has  taken its toll: Europe's most densely populated country simply doesn't have the room, and accommodations in refugee camps are increasingly bare. German politicians know one thing for certain: "This cannot go on forever."

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Minimum wage will lead to job cuts, say businesses - Deutsche Welle

Minimum wage will lead to job cuts, say businesses - Deutsche Welle | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
The implementation of a minimum wage in Germany could lead to price increases and staff cutbacks, studies suggest. The move could negatively affect the low qualified workers it was designed to help.
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Many are concerned with the recently passed minimum wage in Germany, saying that businesses now have a reduced incentive to hire low-level positions, and that the legislation may result in up to 750,000 jobs lost, mostly among young workers and those in the economically challenged eastern states.

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A German political party wants immigrants to stop speaking foreign languages—even at home

A German political party wants immigrants to stop speaking foreign languages—even at home | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
Its proposal caused a national uproar over the weekend.
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Germany's ruling center-right party (CSU) recently landed themselves in controversy with a statement that immigrants have an obligation to speak German-- not just at work, but in their personal lives as well. 

Immigration issues are extremely incendiary in Germany, which has had a significant population of Turkish immigrants since the 1970s. Those on the left accuse xenophobia and intolerance, and those on the right say that the lack of integration by immigrants threatens to erode the country's cultural norms and prosperity.

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Germany Considers Banning Emails to Employees After Work

Germany Considers Banning Emails to Employees After Work | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
This could backfire and lead to fewer jobs for Germans.
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The German government is proposing a controversial labor law that would curtail communications between employers and employees after working hours. While it is hailed by some, others believe it is an intrusive move that could hurt productivity and give workers in some professions less choice in determining their own work-life balance.

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Merkel Hints at Economic Policy Shift in Germany - New York Times

Merkel Hints at Economic Policy Shift in Germany - New York Times | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
Faced with gloomy economic data, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin might use spending to stimulate growth — a step her critics have long advocated.
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The country's conservative government has been notoriously averse to stimulus spending, but winds of change are finally starting to blow.

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Importing the German Approach to Career Building - Brookings Institution (blog)

Importing the German Approach to Career Building - Brookings Institution (blog) | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
German-style apprenticeship programs have attracted private sector interest as well as healthy skepticism in the United States as leaders search for an antidote to skills gaps and stagnating incomes.
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In Germany, many students don't go to a university after high school: many serve as apprentices in companies before returning to formal education. In contrast to the US system, this gives young Germans a chance to build experience and specialized workplace skills long before their American counterparts.

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Poor Germany: Why the east will never catch up to the west - Fortune

Poor Germany: Why the east will never catch up to the west - Fortune | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
When regional economic disparities take hold, they tend to stick.
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Despite being Europe's richest country by many metrics, certain states in the former East Germany lag far behind the rest in unemployment and infrastructure. Like some US states, this region takes in more money in federal aid than it produces. Those with the means have long been migrating to better job opportunities in other states, continuing the cycle and making investment difficult.

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German Reunification Has Had a Big Price Tag - Wall Street Journal

German Reunification Has Had a Big Price Tag - Wall Street Journal | German Economy & Current Events | Scoop.it
Making Germany whole within a year of the fall of the Berlin Wall required the annexation of a bankrupt state with a collapsing economy, an audacious and expensive undertaking that left economists wondering if it could even be done.
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Nation-building is no cheap or easy task, as the Americans have found out through conflicts which continue to the present day. But we're not the only ones who have taken on the gigantic challenge of building a democratic state from the ground up, as the re-integration and reconstruction of communist East Germany demonstrates. 

Germany's example may have been peaceful, but it was in many ways not entirely successful-- the states formerly belonging to East Germany lag far behind their western counterparts economically, and have become a hotbed of Western Europe's most radical and extremist political groups.

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