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United Auto Workers union close to big win thanks to Germany’s VW

American labor leaders are closing in on a decades-long goal of organizing a factory run by a foreign automaker, thanks to a bridgehead opened up at Germany's Volkswagen. While a vote has not yet been scheduled, the United Auto Workers says that a majority……

European stocks drop as eurozone returns to radar

European stock markets fell on Friday as emerging markets turmoil offsets solid economic growth and upbeat company earnings in the United States. And after a few days out of the spotlight, investor focus has returned to the eurozone as official data showed unemployment across the bloc stayed close to a…

Germany, France, Spain carry out mass online and phone surveillance in collaboration with Britain: Snowden files

Spy agencies in Germany, France, Spain and Sweden are carrying out mass surveillance of online and phone traffic in collaboration with Britain, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the Guardian newspaper reported Saturday. Britain’s GCHQ electronic eavesdropping centre — which has a close relationship with the United States’ National…

Low wages –the flip-side to booming German economy

Chancellor Angela Merkel often boasts during the campaign for September 22 elections that Germany has one of Europe’s lowest jobless rates — at around 6.8 percent. But it comes at a price. As many as three million people in Europe’s top economy earn less than six euros ($7.90) per hour,…

Hacker steals data of 2 million Vodafone customers

Mobile phone operator Vodafone Germany said Thursday a hacker had stolen the personal data of two million customers, and that a suspect had been identified. “This attack could only be carried out with high criminal intent and insider knowledge and was launched deep inside the IT infrastructure of the company,”…

Manufacturing of Zeppelins temporarily shut down sausage makers in World War I

Quantity of cow intestines used in manufacturing airships was so enormous that making of sausages was temporarily outlawed in Germany Although Winston Churchill dismissed them as “enormous bladders of combustible and explosive gas” before the first world war began, the leviathans that loomed out of the night skies to drop…

Germany will be first European country to recognize babies as gender ‘undetermined’ come November

From 1 November babies born in Germany without clear gender-determining characteristics will be able to be registered Germany will become the first country in Europe to join a small group of nations which recognise a third or “undetermined” sex when registering births, according to a report in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.…

German court rules same sex civil unions get same tax benefits as married couples

Germany’s top court ruled Thursday that same-sex partners in civil unions are entitled to the generous tax benefits granted to married couples, in another landmark step for gay rights in Europe. The Federal Constitutional Court in the southwestern city of Karlsruhe said denying gays and lesbians in so-called registered partnerships…

Germany clears genetic testing of embryos after ethics debate

Germany’s upper house of parliament on Friday gave its green light to testing embryos after in vitro fertilisation in certain cases after a passionate ethical debate in the country on the issue. The Bundesrat voted to allow so-called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis of embryos when one of the partners had a…

George Soros calls on Germany to save euro

US billionaire investor George Soros has called on Germany to contribute more to help save the euro, according to an interview published in the weekly newspaper Welt am Sonntag. “The Germans should decide if they want the euro or not. If so, they have to carry out financial transfers. If not, they should leave…

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