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Germany to expand disability rights
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Germany to expand disability rights

A representative of the German Labour Ministry went before a UN Committee on Friday to discuss the government's plan for improved rights for disabled people. READ  

Germany urgently needs immigrants: study
Spanish immigrants in Germany. Photo: DPA

Germany urgently needs immigrants: study

A study by the Bertelsmann Institute found on Friday that Germany will need around half a million new immigrants every year until 2050 to maintain its work force. READ  

German teen launches global feminist trend
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German teen launches global feminist trend

In time for International Equal Pay Day, The Local spoke with Elonë Kastrati, whose project of posting period pads with feminist messages in public places went viral this month on social media. Kastrati discussed the gender pay gap in Germany, sexism and how she has faced cyber bullying for '#PadsAgainstSexism'. READ  

Merkel backs equal pay transparency law
Manuela Schwesig and Angela Merkel in the Bundestag (German parliament). Photo: DPA

Merkel backs equal pay transparency law

As Germany celebrates Equal Pay Day on March 20th with demonstrations planned in Berlin, Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Manuela Schwesig said on Friday that her proposed wage transparency law has the support of Chancellor Angela Merkel. READ  

Who are Blockupy and what do they want?
Blockupy protest in Frankfurt on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

Who are Blockupy and what do they want?

The demonstrations in Frankfurt which turned violent on Wednesday were called by Blockupy, an umbrella group representing left-wing organisations from several countries. READ  

Frankfurt police prepare for anti-austerity demo
Blockupy demo in Frankfurt back in 2013. Photo: DPA

Frankfurt police prepare for anti-austerity demo

Up to 10,000 protesters are expected at a mass anti-austerity demonstration during the the official inauguration of the new European Central Bank (ECB) HQ in Frankfurt on Wednesday. READ  

Number of foreigners in Germany hits record high
Servus - a south German "Hello" - on a blackboard at a German class for foreigners. Photo: DPA

Number of foreigners in Germany hits record high

A government report shows that over half a million foreigners came to Germany in 2014, pushing the total up to 8.2 million - the highest number since records began. READ  

Shameless east Germans love filming sex

Shameless east Germans love filming sex

East Germans often complain of being overlooked by their wealthy western cousins. But a new survey suggests the two halves of the country may be getting to know each other in more intimate detail. READ  

Poorest kids 'behind before starting school'
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Poorest kids 'behind before starting school'

Children from poorer families are already at a significant academic disadvantage when they start school, a study has found. READ  

LGBT activist: right wing 'totally irresponsible'
A Christopher Street Day parade in Hamburg. Photo: DPA

LGBT activist: right wing 'totally irresponsible'

A gay and lesbian rights activist tells The Local the right-wing parties in Germany's ruling 'grand coalition' have a “totally irresponsible attitude” to gay rights which fuels homophobia. READ  

Money 'not main motive' for German expats

Money 'not main motive' for German expats

Germans leaving to work abroad tend to be more interested in new career and life experiences than earning a lot of money, a study published on Tuesday showed. READ  

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Bringing positivity to German workplaces
Photo: Randall Birnberg

Bringing positivity to German workplaces

Randall Birnberg is a positive psychology coach who's trying to bring the science of happiness to German workplaces. In an interview for JobTalk, he explains how he came across his calling – and how Germans have responded. READ  

Robin Hood tax 'could bring in €45 billion'
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Robin Hood tax 'could bring in €45 billion'

A proposed sales tax on financial services would be highly lucrative for the German treasury, a study from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) forecast on Monday. READ  

Challenging the German beer palate
Beer sommelier Sylvia Kopp. Photo: Florian Bolk

Challenging the German beer palate

Germany is a land of great beer, but due to strict legal definitions of what beer technically is, it has until recently been a land devoid of ales, stouts and porters. Sabine Devins introduces the woman on a mission to get Germans to drink more – and better – beer. READ  

German women earn 21.6 percent less than men
"Care to explain why you think this is OK?". Photo: Shutterstock

German women earn 21.6 percent less than men

Statistics from the European Union statistical office (Eurostat) showed on Thursday that women working in Germany earned 21.6 percent less per hour than men in 2013, only a small improvement over the gender pay gap in 2008. READ  

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