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Business confidence hits 8-month high

Business confidence hits 8-month high

German business confidence rose to its highest level in eight months in March, as optimism continues to grow about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy, the Ifo economic institute said on Wednesday. READ  

Majority of Germans now trust in the Euro
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Majority of Germans now trust in the Euro

A survey published on Tuesday shows that German public trust in the single currency has risen sharply over the last two years to hit 57 percent. READ  

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Getting the work-life balance right
Roman Diehl (left) and Marcel Rasche of Consulting Cum Laude.

Getting the work-life balance right

A survey of attitudes towards work among European Millennials shows that young people are seeking a better balance between work and leisure. Young Germans in particular want jobs that don't take over their lives. READ  

German economy 'on verge of boom'
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German economy 'on verge of boom'

The Institute for World Economics in Kiel (IfW) published a report on Monday arguing that the European Central Bank's (ECB) monetary policy is going to have a destabilising effect on the German economy - despite what might at first look like a positive impact. READ  

Germans report most harmful products in EU
A bear shown in 2012 that lost its eyes and presented a choking hazard to children. Photo: DPA

Germans report most harmful products in EU

Germany submitted more reports of harmful consumer products to the European Union than any other country, but was also the biggest producer of dangerous items inside the EU, a report showed on Monday. READ  

Hundreds welcome Dutch royals in Lübeck
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. Photo: DPA

Hundreds welcome Dutch royals in Lübeck

King Willem Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands started a two-day visit to Germany on Thursday morning with a trip to Lübeck. READ  

Germany joins China development bank
Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Singapore finance minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam (L) at the founding meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), October 2014. Photo: DPA

Germany joins China development bank

Update: Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble confirmed on Tuesday that Germany has agreed to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), despite pressure from the US. READ  

Arms exports fall by almost half in five years
A German Leopard 2 A7 tank. Photo: DPA

Arms exports fall by almost half in five years

Arms exports from German companies fell by 43 percent in between 2009 and 2014 compared with the previous five years, new figures released on Monday showed – but fresh orders may see them back on the rise soon. READ  

China sets out hi-tech stall at Hanover's CeBiT
Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai. Photo: DPA

China sets out hi-tech stall at Hanover's CeBiT

China's huge IT sector is out in force in Germany this week, signalling to the world it is ready to not just copy but lead as a tech superpower. READ  

Siemens signs '4 bn euro' deal with Egypt
Joe Kaeser, CEO of German engineering giant Siemens. Photo: AFP

Siemens signs '4 bn euro' deal with Egypt

German conglomerate Siemens has signed a "four billion euro" power deal with Egypt, a company spokesperson said on Saturday. READ  

Energy giants feel pain of a changing market
E.ON power plant at Grohnde. Photo: DPA

Energy giants feel pain of a changing market

Germany's two largest energy generators, E.ON and RWE, are battling to stay in the black as the Energiewende (transition to green energy) has left them out in the cold. READ  

Kraftwerk singer sues over same-name charger
A Kraftwerk concert in Berlin in January. Photo: DPA

Kraftwerk singer sues over same-name charger

Update: Charger company eZelleron's CEO told The Local that he invites Kraftwerk lead Ralf Hütter to have a conversation with them, after the singer filed a trademark infringement suit against their phone-charger named 'kraftwerk'. READ  

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Bringing positivity to German workplaces
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Bringing positivity to German workplaces

Randall Birnberg is a positive psychology coach who's trying to bring the science of happiness to German workplaces. In an interview for JobTalk, he explains how he came across his calling – and how Germans have responded. READ  

Robin Hood tax 'could bring in €45 billion'
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Robin Hood tax 'could bring in €45 billion'

A proposed sales tax on financial services would be highly lucrative for the German treasury, a study from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) forecast on Monday. READ  

ECB details anti-deflation cash splurge
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ECB details anti-deflation cash splurge

The European Central Bank (ECB) is flooding the European markets with money by buying up government bonds, hoping to push prices on consumer goods back up. READ  

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