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Tax take jumps 7.3 percent in November
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is having an excellent month. Photo: DPA

Tax take jumps 7.3 percent in November

Germany collected 7.3 percent more in tax in November 2014 than the same month last year thanks to the strengthening economy, the Finance Ministry said in its monthly report on Thursday, while pollsters found rising consumer confidence. READ  

Sunny outlook for business this winter
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Sunny outlook for business this winter

German business confidence rose in December on the back of falling oil prices and a weak euro, the Ifo economic institute said Thursday, as the prospects for Europe's biggest economy grew sunnier. READ  

'Breakthrough' in train strike: union
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'Breakthrough' in train strike: union

The head of the train drivers union GDL claimed a "breakthrough" late Wednesday in talks with Deutsche Bahn, which may herald the end of a spate of train strikes which have caused travelling misery and cost the rail operator around 100 million euros. READ  

Amazon strike extended to Saturday
Workers at the Amazon distribution centre in Leipzig. Photo: DPA

Amazon strike extended to Saturday

Union Verdi announced on Wednesday that its members at two Amazon distribution centres would extend a planned three-day strike through the rest of the week, while four more sites saw new walkouts. READ  

'Reform business inheritance tax' court tells MPs
Presiding judge Ferdinand Kirchhof announcing the decision on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

'Reform business inheritance tax' court tells MPs

Judges at the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said on Wednesday that the government must change rules reducing tax on inherited family-owned businesses within 18 months. READ  

Investors confident thanks to oil price plunge
A steelworker at the Thyssen-Krupp plant in Duisburg. Photo: DPA

Investors confident thanks to oil price plunge

Investment sentiment in Germany rose sharply in December after a rebound the previous month, driven by a weak euro and plunging oil prices, a survey found on Tuesday. READ  

Clubs offer €1 for bust Berlin shopping mall
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Clubs offer €1 for bust Berlin shopping mall

The Berlin Club Commission have made a semi-serious offer to buy the brand-new Mall of Berlin from its bankrupt owners for €1. READ  

BER airport chief to step down in 2015
Soon to be ex-CEO of BER, Hartmut Mehdorn. Photo: DPA

BER airport chief to step down in 2015

Berlin-Brandenburg Airport CEO Hartmut Mehdorn announced on Monday that he is stepping down from his position as soon as the airport authority finds his replacement. READ  

Amazon workers kick off three-day strike
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Amazon workers kick off three-day strike

Industrial action between labour union Verdi and Amazon has escalated as workers walked off the job on Monday for the first of a three-day strike option in the final rush before Christmas. READ  

JobTalk Germany: Entrepreneur series
'Relentlessly networking with cool people'
Simon Schneider

'Relentlessly networking with cool people'

In our weekly feature series, The Local chats with a successful entrepreneur. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Simon Schneider, CEO and co-founder of networking tool Zyncd. READ  

Commerzbank to pay $1bn on Iran sanctions
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Commerzbank to pay $1bn on Iran sanctions

Commerzbank has reached a preliminary agreement with US authorities to pay more than €800 million for violating sanctions on Iran and Sudan, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday. READ  

Economists predict stronger growth in 2015
Spending-happy consumers are keeping the economy buoyant. Photo: DPA

Economists predict stronger growth in 2015

Economists at the Ifo Institute boosted their growth forecasts for 2015 in an opinion published on Thursday. READ  

Weak demand for loans threatens ECB grief
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Weak demand for loans threatens ECB grief

The European Central Bank will again offer banks a chance to get cheap long-term loans on Thursday, but disappointing uptake could put it under pressure to find other ways of kickstarting the Eurozone's moribund economy. READ  

US sues Deutsche Bank over tax scam
Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt. Photo: DPA

US sues Deutsche Bank over tax scam

The US government sued Deutsche Bank on Monday for creating shell companies that allowed it to avoid paying tens of millions of dollars in taxes. READ  

JobTalk
Greasing the wheels for Berlin's expats
Club GLOBALS founder Mario Paladini

Greasing the wheels for Berlin's expats

In our ongoing feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind their successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed them forever. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Mario Paladini, founder of Club GLOBALS, a 'community marketplace' for expats. READ  

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