June 2, 2013 |
So much for the U.S. traveler's reputation as the "ugly Americans. " Americans are second only to Germans in the rate at which they leave tips at hotels and restaurants, according to a survey of more than 9,000 travelers in eight countries by the travel website TripAdvisor. QUIZ: How well do you know fast food? When asked how likely they are to tip, 69% of Germans say they always tip, compared with 57% of Americans, 53% of Russians, 40% of Brazilians and 39% of French and British.
November 9, 2011 |
German and French officials have discussed plans for a radical overhaul of the European Union that would involve setting up a more integrated and potentially smaller euro zone, EU sources say. “France and Germany have had intense consultations on this issue over the last months, at all levels,” a senior EU official in Brussels told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the discussions. “We need to move very cautiously, but the truth is that we need to establish exactly the list of those who don't want to be part of the club and those who simply cannot be part,” the official said.
July 10, 2010 |
Frank Englmann used a personal story about his grandfather to make his point to a local bank bigwig about German reluctance to risk the inflation that might come with the kind of carefree spending advocated by the Obama administration. It was 1922, and Englmann's grandfather had amassed a small fortune that he wanted to spend on a house. But his wife persuaded him to save the money for their daughters' educations. Then the German economy collapsed, the money became worthless and the family penniless.
July 18, 2010 |
Unemployed mom Fee Linker lives on welfare benefits in a centrally located five-room flat that costs about $1,500 a month. The garden terrace looks out onto a lush wooded area where birds chirp in the trees. "I wouldn't get along without this government money, not with this apartment," says Linker, who sends her 6-year-old daughter and two sons, 7 and 10, to a private school. "It's my opinion that as a mother of three, I deserve a comfortable life." These days, fewer politicians and economist agree, and if proposed laws are enacted, Linker's benefits could be gone with the stroke of a bureaucrat's pen. The German government is contemplating spending cuts and tax increases totaling $100 billion by 2014.
September 18, 1986 |
Two East German men fled across the Czechoslovak border into West Germany early Wednesday, West German border police said. Police declined to give details of the escape or identify the defectors.
July 16, 2010 |
Erich Honecker may be dancing in his grave. The stodgy Communist Party apparatchik vilified in history as the last leader of the dying East Germany would be proud to know that his political heirs are making a comeback. Germans watching their economic prospects founder, banks getting bailed out by the billions of euros and workers turned out into the streets are taking out their fury by voting in unprecedented numbers for the party called the Left, whose ranks include ideological descendants of Honecker.