Corporations and the federal public sector in Germany will now have to more strongly promote women leaders where they are underrepresented, under a law dubbed the “women’s quota” approved by legislators on Friday.
In an interview with the Handelsblatt on March 5, 2015, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier advocates verbal disarmament in the conflict with Russia and calls on Moscow to take steps to stabilize Ukraine economically.
For the fifth year in a row tourism in Germany broke records in 2014. Germany’s hotels and hostels recorded an impressive 75.6 million overnight stays last year, 3.7 million more than in 2013.
Tourism in Germany
Germany’s labor force logged a total of 58.4 billion working hours in 2014, a sign of a continually bright labor market. BMW alone has announced the establishment of 8,000 new jobs in Germany and other major manufacturers are also expected to hire more workers.
The German Bundestag voted by a wide margin to approve the extension of the Eurozone financial assistance program for Greece. The extension gives Greece four more months to successfully complete the program.
Assistance Program for Greece
The German Bundeswehr is currently preparing another delivery of military equipment and supplies in the non-lethal category to assist Kurdish forces in northern Iraq in the fight against ISIS.
Equipment and Training
Funding for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program has been cut, which has sparked many alumni to speak out about what their exchange experience meant to them. Using the hashtag #saveCBYX, alumni called for continued funding for the program.
Today, twenty-five years after a peaceful revolution removed the artificial boundary and led to the unification of Europe, a movement is underway along the former Iron Curtain—in the form of chromium steel, titanium, and spandex.
In Germany, you might recognize a cop car by the large green or blue stripe that stretches around the vehicle. It might come as no surprise then that a police car is called a Streifenwagen ("stripe-car"). But in Hamburg, police cars go by a different name: Peterwagen, which means "Peter-car".
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