January 20, 2014 |
Works councils - elected bodies representing all workers in a plant, both blue and white collar - are acclaimed as one of the best, most innovative features of Germany's labor relations system. They have been shown to enhance efficiency, adaptability and cooperation. By supporting the use of work sharing (agreeing to reduce everyone's hours rather than laying some people off), for example, these councils helped Germany experience less unemployment during the Great Recession and a faster, more robust recovery since then.
January 13, 2014 |
Five German brewing companies were fined millions by German authorities for colluding to fix prices between 2006 and 2008. The companies -- Bitburger, Krombacher, Veltins, Warsteiner and Barre -- have been ordered to pay a combined 106.5 million euros (about $145.5 million), along with seven people "personally involved" in the price fixing scheme, according to a statement from the Federal Cartel Office. The collusion started in joint meetings between national breweries, which first agreed to price hikes for their draught and bottled suds, the authorities said.
January 8, 2014 |
Thomas Hitzlsperger, who played in the English Premier League and for the German national team before retiring four months ago, told a German newspaper Wednesday he is gay and wants to speak out in an effort to break down the stigma of homosexuality in sports. Hitzlsperger's revelation in Die Zeit comes 11 months after another former British professional player, American Robbie Rogers, came out as gay in an emotional blog post. Rogers later unretired and last May became the first openly gay player to participate in a major U.S. professional league when he joined the Galaxy.
January 6, 2014 |
German Chancellor Angela Merkel fractured a pelvic bone during a cross-country skiing accident over the holidays and will have to cancel travel and rest at home for the next three weeks, her spokesman told journalists in Berlin on Monday. Merkel, 59, fell during her annual ski vacation to eastern Switzerland's Engadine Valley, which includes the St. Moritz resort, and initially thought she had just suffered a bruise, said spokesman Steffen Seibert. Merkel consulted her doctor on Friday, after returning to the German capital, and was told she had sustained a pelvic fracture.
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January 3, 2014 |
A German architect accused of recklessly installing a fireplace in his Hollywood Hills mansion, leading to a firefighter's death in February 2011, is expected to serve about six months in jail after pleading no contest Friday to involuntary manslaughter. Gerhard Becker, 49, was sentenced to one year in jail as a condition of his probation, but will probably spend only about half of that behind bars due to time already served and other factors. Prosecutors had sought four years in jail.
December 17, 2013 |
LONDON - She's once, twice, three times a chancellor: Angela Merkel, Germany's first female leader, was sworn in Tuesday for her third term, underlining her dominance on the political scene in Europe's biggest economy. Merkel, 59, returns to power at a time when the region has yet to get back on its feet fully from its still-unresolved debt crisis, and as Germany's relations with the United States continue to suffer from the fallout over revelations that American spies tapped her phone and collected electronic data on ordinary Germans.