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80,000 trainee jobs empty as Germans opt for uni
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80,000 trainee jobs empty as Germans opt for uni

More young people are choosing university degrees over vocational training, leaving firms scrambling to find qualified new hires. READ  

Amazon 'should not endanger diversity'
State minister for culture and media Monika Grütters. Photo: DPA

Amazon 'should not endanger diversity'

A German minister on Wednesday threw her weight behind the authors battling US online retail giant Amazon over its alleged strong-arm negotiating tactics with publishers. READ  

Merkel targets 'shadow banks' in Lindau speech
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Merkel targets 'shadow banks' in Lindau speech

Chancellor Angela Merkel has opened an economics conference in Lindau, Bavaria, with a call for more regulation of so-called shadow banks. READ  

Dying town centres seek the miracle cure
A senior couple walk down Delmenhorst's main pedestrian promenade, amid a string of empty shops. Photo: Tomas Urbina

Dying town centres seek the miracle cure

Home to two-thirds of Germany's population, many of its small cities and towns are struggling to revive their declining centres. The Local's Tomas Urbina reports from Delmenhorst in Lower Saxony, as it tries to dig its way out of the economic doldrums. READ  

Energy policy falls foul of federal auditors
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Energy policy falls foul of federal auditors

The Federal Court of Auditors (BRH) has sharply criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel's energy policy, saying that the previous coalition government failed to produce adequate financial plans. READ  

BER capacity already 'too small' at 2016 launch
Overdue, overgrown. BER site stands idle amid delays. Photo: DPA

BER capacity already 'too small' at 2016 launch

The delay-hobbled Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) will already be overburdened when - or if - it opens in 2016 as passenger volume exceeds initial forecasts, it was reported on Tuesday. READ  

Uber drives on in Berlin
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Uber drives on in Berlin

The app-driven car service is allowed to carry on operating while courts consider its appeal. READ  

Few workers in on new visa rules
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Few workers in on new visa rules

Despite the ease of work visa regulations for non-EU citizens with certain job qualifications, few potential immigrants are taking advantage. READ  

Job Talk
Knowing your right to surf at work
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Knowing your right to surf at work

You might want to check your employment contract before sending out that tweet about your lunch. READ  

EU pleads with Germany to let wages rise
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EU pleads with Germany to let wages rise

Germany must increase workers' salaries to help its neighbours out of the economic slump, the European Union's employment commissioner Laszlo Andor said Saturday. READ  

Ailing Karstadt chain sold for €1 (again)
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Ailing Karstadt chain sold for €1 (again)

The retail giant's German holders are throwing in the towel on their attempt to pull the department store chain out of the red. READ  

Authors take up fight against Amazon
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Authors take up fight against Amazon

Writers have taken pen to paper in protest against Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos and his company's methods and are calling for consumers, publishers and their fellow authors to boycott the online retail giant. READ  

Berlin bans Uber app, taxis rejoice
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Berlin bans Uber app, taxis rejoice

Berlin has ordered the alternative taxi service Uber to halt its taxi app in the city or face steep fines. READ  

Deadly Danish meat sold to Germany
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Deadly Danish meat sold to Germany

The Agriculture Ministry in Schleswig-Holstein has found that meat tainted with Listeria was imported to the north German state. READ  

German economy puts on the squeeze
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German economy puts on the squeeze

UPDATE: The German economy, Europe's biggest, stalled in the second quarter, data showed on Thursday, casting a cloud over recovery in the crisis-battered region. READ  

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