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Study finds migrants are a €22 billion boon
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Study finds migrants are a €22 billion boon

A new study has shown that immigrants in Germany are a boon for the government's coffers to the tune of €22 billion, the Bertelsmann Foundation announced on Thursday. READ  

Record numbers in work in October
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Record numbers in work in October

More Germans than ever before were employed in October with 43.08 million people in secure employment, the Federal Labour Office (BA) announced on Thursday. READ  

States can't decide Sunday openings: Court
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States can't decide Sunday openings: Court

The Federal Administrative Court on Wednesday has ruled that the state of Hesse overstepped its bounds when legislating more allowances for firms to operate, and thus force employees to work, on Sundays and bank holidays. READ  

International task force seizes fake money
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International task force seizes fake money

Three are arrested in a raid carried out by hundreds of officers on a counterfeit cash scheme that panned across three countries. READ  

Warm welcome for EU investment plan
Chancellor Merkel addressing the Bundestag on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

Warm welcome for EU investment plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she backed a new multi-billion-euro European Commission plan to kickstart the EU's flagging economy, if the funds are invested wisely. READ  

Germany, EU charged with Google-bashing
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Germany, EU charged with Google-bashing

Germany is at the heart of moves to limit the power of US web companies and their involvement in surveillance as American voices cry foul. READ  

Women executive quota coming in 2016
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Women executive quota coming in 2016

UPDATE: The grand coalition's freshly minted law mandating that 30 percent of executive positions must be filled by women is being hit with harsh criticisms from the firms who have to comply to it. READ  

ECB's negative interest rates under fire
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ECB's negative interest rates under fire

The European Central Bank is under fire in Germany because of its policy of negative interest rates, which is prompting some banks to charge business customers for holding money in their bank accounts. READ  

Germany still paying for crisis fallout
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Germany still paying for crisis fallout

Social spending in Germany remains well above pre-financial crisis levels in 2007, although it has fallen back from the peak attained at the depths of the credit crunch. READ  

Port numbers growing despite Russia sanctions
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Port numbers growing despite Russia sanctions

The port of Hamburg is set for a record year, quelling fears that sanctions placed on Russian trade would affect its 2014 business, it said on Monday. READ  

The end of 'soli'? Not so fast, hope states
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The end of 'soli'? Not so fast, hope states

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  

JobTalk Germany: Entrepreneur series
From flea markets to an online garage sale
reBuy founder Laurence Leuschner. Photo: DPA

From flea markets to an online garage sale

In our new 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 Lawrence Leuschner, founder of second-hand marketplace reBuy. 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  

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