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Jamaican government popular with youth in CDU and FDP

The youth organizations of the CDU (centre-right) and FDP (centre/liberal) parties have called upon their party elders to form a so-called Jamaican coalition government.

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Only slight increase in unemployment

Unemployment in Germany is at its lowest level in 15 years and was better than expected this January, despite stock market volatility and fears of a US recession. The number of unemployed increased in January by 253,000 to 3.66 million, according to a report by the Federal Agency of Employment (BA) on Thursday. January and February are usually slow months for the economy, however, the milder weather might have helped to soften the seasonal effect.

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Solar energy to become mandatory

The western German city of Marburg is the first city in German to make solar panels mandatory for almost all rooves, possibly by this summer. The new law will require a solar panel for every new building and every old building that is being renovated, said Marburg’s mayor and Green Party member Franz Kahle on Thursday at a drafting session of the new law.