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SPD politician calls for 'no politics' day

The Local · 23 Jul 2011, 12:58

Published: 23 Jul 2011 12:58 GMT+02:00

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Nahles told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper, "The parties should agree on a set day – ideally Sunday – when everything that has anything to with politics should be given a rest."

This would allow politicians to spend more time with their families and gather energy for their work, she believed. She pointed out that the Swedish government made sure that its business was conducted in family-friendly hours, "and that country is not falling into chaos."

Nahles, who had her first baby in January, said in the interview that since then she's been more concentrated in her work and found extra reserves of time for her family. "I leave the odd official dinner out of my diary," she said.

Nahles also said she was in favour of a gender quota for top company positions. "Equality cannot be built on a voluntary basis," she said. "The male networks are too tight for that. We have a female proportion of 3.1 percent on the boards of stock market listed companies. I think there should be a compulsory quota of at least 40 percent."

The SPD general secretary said the party's gender quota certainly helped her in her early career.

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18:03 July 23, 2011 by The-ex-pat
Can't believe it has not been already said................A day off, being a politician is one big paid holiday..........
20:06 July 23, 2011 by TheCrownPrince
Looking at the results of our politician's work, one can assume that - yes, I know it's polemic - they already have enough days off.
20:33 July 23, 2011 by Englishted
Politicians in general seam to have to many no brain days,as is proved by this idea.
11:14 July 24, 2011 by ECSNatale
Wait, I can't type.. I am too busy laughing. So now that Wonder Woman here has had a baby, she thinks that an entire system should change so she can have more time off with her family... and in the next breath she wants to create a legal quota for women in executive positions? Perhaps she should have taken her day off on the day she came up with that silly idea.

I have been very privileged to work in some of Germany's best companies as a corporate trainer.. very often with the HR departments. What amazed me then, and still does, is the lack of applications that come in for the top jobs from women. So before you start asking for a change in the law that would require companies to fill top positions with women, maybe you can simply encourage them to apply in the first place.

Sundays off indeed. What does she think this is? A bank? =o)
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