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The end of 'soli'? Not so fast
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The end of 'soli'? Not so fast

The Green-Red coalition government in North Rhein-Westphalia is urging the federal government not to do away with the solidarity surcharge on income taxes in 2020, and instead funnel more of the money into the books of the western states, it was reported on Monday. READ  

Gloom lifts in business confidence index

Gloom lifts in business confidence index

Business confidence in Germany appears to be stabilising after long months of decline, with the Ifo business climate index rising in November for the first time in seven months, data showed on Monday. READ  

Coalition falls out over female executive quota
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Coalition falls out over female executive quota

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and Social Democratic (SPD) politicians are bickering in public over quotas for female board members in large companies. READ  

Germany debates scrapping coal power
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Germany debates scrapping coal power

After deciding to scrap nuclear power, Germany is pondering saying goodbye to coal, its biggest energy source but also its top polluter and main threat to ambitious climate goals. READ  

New bird flu case in Germany
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New bird flu case in Germany

A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the agriculture ministry said Saturday. READ  

Businesses say train strikes cost over €500m
GDL boss Claus Weselsky and DIHK chief Martin Wansleben. Photos: DPA

Businesses say train strikes cost over €500m

The federation of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) said on Friday that strikes by train drivers' union GDL have cost Germany over half a billion Euros. READ  

Power price drop isn't all good news
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Power price drop isn't all good news

Power companies will drop their prices from January 2015 for the first time in over a decade, saving families up to €35 a year – but is it 'too little, too late'? READ  

Bill rising for early pension payout scheme
This could be closer than previously thought for German pensioners. Photo: DPA

Bill rising for early pension payout scheme

Many more people than expected have applied for an early pension at 63 under new rules meaning they won't see a cut in payments. READ  

Burger King axes 89 franchises over scandals
Burger King employees in Lower Saxony protest against a dismissal in January. Photo: DPA

Burger King axes 89 franchises over scandals

Following earlier reports of poor hygiene, the fast food giant announced Wednesday that it was terminating contracts for 89 franchised outlets because of continued poor treatment of staff. READ  

Unions can't agree in rail pay battle
GDL boss Claus Weselsky, DB personnel director Ulrich Weber and EVG leader Alexander Kirchner. Photo: DPA

Unions can't agree in rail pay battle

Train drivers' union GDL, rail staff union EVG and Deutsche Bahn (DB) failed to reach an agreement in three-way talks on Tuesday. READ  

Bundesbank: weak growth to close year
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Bundesbank: weak growth to close year

The German economy, Europe's biggest, will continue to show little sparkle at least until the end of the year, the central bank (Bundesbank) predicted on Monday. READ  

Unions find 170,000 empty public sector jobs
Teaching is the profession with the biggest jobs gap. Photo: DPA

Unions find 170,000 empty public sector jobs

Public sector unions' federation DBB reports that 170,000 government posts are currently unfilled, saying the quality of public services is at risk. READ  

JobTalk Germany: Entrepreneur series
'You need to learn to manage emotions'
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'You need to learn to manage emotions'

In a new feature, The Local will look into a successful entrepreneur's life each week - the story behind their successes, major challenges and how being an entrepreneur changed their life forever. Kicking things off from Berlin this week AUPEO! co-founder and CEO Holger Weiss. READ  

SAP to pay Oracle €288 million in settlement
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SAP to pay Oracle €288 million in settlement

German software giant SAP has agreed to pay US rival Oracle more than €288 million to settle a long-running copyright battle, it said on Friday. READ  

Middelhoff gets three years' jail for fraud
Thomas Middelhoff at sentencing. Photo: DPA

Middelhoff gets three years' jail for fraud

Thomas Middelhoff, former chief executive of German media giant Bertelsmann and distribution giant Arcandor, was jailed for three years by a court Friday for tax evasion and fraud. READ  

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