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Consumer rights office slams Facebook
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Consumer rights office slams Facebook

The Federation of Consumer Protection Offices (vzbv) has warned Facebook over legal breaches in its terms and conditions, saying that its claim on the homepage that “Facebook is free and always will be” is misleading. READ  

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France or Germany: The best country to work in?
Paris or Berlin, France or Germany, where's the best place to work? Photo: Glenn Moran/Flickr Berlin photo: Shutterstock

France or Germany: The best country to work in?

With a group of employees in northern France having been left outraged after being given an ultimatum to either relocate to Germany or lose their job, The Local looks at which country is the best place to work - France or Germany? READ  

Consumer confidence highest since 2001
People at a shopping centre in Frankfurt. Photo: DPA

Consumer confidence highest since 2001

Consumer confidence in Germany is at its highest since late 2001, as rising optimism about the economy and income expectations persuade German shoppers to open their wallets, a poll found on Thursday. READ  

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Nine ways landlords and tenants fell out
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Nine ways landlords and tenants fell out

As Wednesday finally brought some good news for Germany's often downtrodden flat tenants - rent caps and release from estate agent fees - we recap on a few oddities that have marked and marred rental relations in recent years. READ  

JobTalk Germany: Entrepreneur series
The startup getting men properly dressed
"Real men have someone shop for them" is Outfittery's motto. Photo: Emma Anderson

The startup getting men properly dressed

In our weekly 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, Emma Anderson talks to Anna Alex, co-founder of Berlin-based Outfittery. READ  

Business confidence rises in February: Ifo
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Business confidence rises in February: Ifo

German business confidence rose to its highest level in seven months in February, as Europe's biggest economy remains robust in the face of geopolitical uncertainty, the Ifo economic institute said Monday. READ  

Ex-Rolls Royce exec takes over BER airport
Karsten Mühlenfeld. Photo: DPA

Ex-Rolls Royce exec takes over BER airport

Berlin's beleaguered BER airport, currently delayed four years past its original opening date, has a new boss in former Rolls Royce manager Karsten Mühlenfeld, it was announced at the weekend. READ  

JobTalk: The entrepreneur series
'Give it a try' says data company founder
Datapine founder Martin Blumenau.

'Give it a try' says data company founder

In our weekly feature series, The Local looks into a successful entrepreneur's life - the story behind his successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed him forever. This week, Sparsh Sharma talks to Martin Blumenau of Datapine, a young innovative company located in the heart of Berlin. READ  

Doctors say you should write your own sick note
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Doctors say you should write your own sick note

Researchers at the University of Magdeburg argue that workers should be able to excuse themselves from work for short periods to reduce the burden on family doctors. READ  

Strong Q4 sparks economic boost for 2014
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Strong Q4 sparks economic boost for 2014

The German economy, Europe's biggest, expanded surprisingly strongly in the fourth quarter of 2014, driven primarily by robust consumer spending, official data showed on Friday. READ  

Burger King woos couch potatoes with delivery
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Burger King woos couch potatoes with delivery

After a spate of bad publicity over hygiene and staff conditions at some of its franchises, Burger King is hoping to win consumers back with a new home delivery service in Germany. READ  

Swiss Leaks
Over 1000 Germans face HSBC tax prosecutions
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Over 1000 Germans face HSBC tax prosecutions

Tax investigators are working their way through the files of 2,106 people with links to Germany revealed to have had secretive accounts with the Swiss branch of HSBC by leaks on Monday. READ  

Figures show 2014 was record year for exports
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Figures show 2014 was record year for exports

Trade with the United Kingdom and other EU partners played a big role in Germany's record exports, which totalled €1.134 trillion in 2014, the Federal Statistics Agency (Destatis) said on Monday. READ  

Siemens axe 7,800 jobs as part of €1-billion plan
Siemens plans for profitability are funnelling down to the workers. Photo: DPA

Siemens axe 7,800 jobs as part of €1-billion plan

Siemens AG, Europe's engingeering giant, announced Friday it would be cutting 7,800 jobs globally, with 3,300 of layoffs happening in Germany. READ  

German, Greek finance ministers butt heads
Wolfgang Schäuble (l) and Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: DPA

German, Greek finance ministers butt heads

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble expressed scepticism Thursday about some of the policy measures put forward by Greece's new government. READ  

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