Economy and Social Matters in Germany – Panorama

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“Homophobia is not confined to the terraces”

Acceptance of gays and lesbians has made good progress in top-level sport, but still has a long way to go, believes the sports scientist Tanja Walther-Ahrens.More ...
Household Assets in the Euro Zone, Graphics: Benjamin Erfurth

Rich or Poor? Household Assets in the Euro Zone

For the first time the European Central Bank has analysed household assets in 15 EU countries - and has come up with some surprising results.More ...
View from the Three Country Point of the surroundings, Photo: Daniel Gerhards

Borders still exist only on the map – through the three-border region by bike

On a tour through the three-border region of Germany-Belgium-Netherlands, many people aren’t even sure which country they are biking through.More ...
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“Corporate Social Responsibility” – Family-Run Businesses Bank On Responsibility

Family businesses are at the heart of the German economy - and when it comes to corporate responsibility they are real pioneers.More ...
In use since 1997: the ferry MS Schleswig-Holstein (Photo: Scandlines)

Where Europe Is Growing Together – The Flying Bird Line between Germany and Denmark

In 2013 the ferry link between Fehmarn and the Danish island of Lolland is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. 2021 from now a tunnel will shorten the travel time to ten minutes.More ...
Cover section of the book “Ende einer Illusion”; © Oekom

Shopping Illusions: Why Sustainable Consumption Will Not Save the World

Whether climate change or fair trade, the consumer should put it right – and is hopelessly overburdened.More ...
Reto Hilty; Foto: Tres Camenzind

“The Debate On Copyright Law Is A Very Limited One” – An Interview With Reto Hilty

There are those who want to see more stringency, others who want to see less – interests are greatly divided indeed in the debate on copyright law.More ...
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Spoilt for the Choice of a Career – Young people hoping for happiness and money

What should I be? At some point each of us must face this question. Normally, childhood dreams are swapped for careers that promise security, fulfillment and big money.More ...
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Crafts – an economic powerhouse works on its image

We all know of prejudices and stereotypes about skilled crafts and trades. But few people realize how dependent we are on the “economic powerhouse next door”.More ...
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“Future Perfect” – Blueprints for the Good Life

Instead of lamenting over climate change, growth and consumer madness, it wants to narrate the lived alternatives for tomorrow and embolden people to make changes.More ...
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Creative Strategies for Berlin: Project Future

For 15 years, the Project Future initiative has been supporting Berlin as a centre for the information society: a successful scheme which has benefited above all Berlin’s creative industries.More ...
Pupils conducting an experiment; © Isabell Freyschmidt

A Question of Image. Gender and Choice of Profession

Even today, fewer women than men choose to pursue a profession or course of study in the sciences. Companies, foundations and schools have launched a variety of initiatives intended to change this.More ...
Cover section of the book Echtleben ; © Eichborn

The Plight of Young Germans

Two books, two authors, two different perspectives on the present – the one writes about feelings, the other about money.More ...
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Capitalism the Other Way Round? Why Some of the Rich Want to Pay More Taxes

There are about 830,000 millionaires living in Germany. In August 2011 four of them called publicly to have themselves more heavily taxed.More ...
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Consumer Responsibility – Is It Just A Fad?

An interdisciplinary study group of the “Scholars in Residence” (SiR) program at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen focuses on the morality of consumers.More ...
Object of sociological research: Wittenberge in Brandenburg Photo: Jowita Stachowiak © iStockphoto

20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall – a research project about lives in a state of upheaval

Wittenberge was once an important commercial center in East Germany. A long-term research project explored how the people of Wittenberge dealt with the changes after reunification.More ...
Marx in the city of Chemnitz – from the Film “Nachrichten aus der ideologischen Antike” by Alexander Kluge; © Suhrkamp Verlag

There’s Life in the Old Dog Yet: Karl Marx’s “Capital” Is Profiting from the Crisis

During the world financial crisis, Karl Marx’s magnum opus on political economy underwent a cross-media resurrection as a comic book and a radio play, on the stage and in film.More ...
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Mannheim – One-time Working-Class City, Now An El Dorado For Music

Although Mannheim might have been considered a “dirty, old town” for many years, the face of the city has in fact changed considerably over the last few years.More ...
In 1970 the first fair trade import companies were founded. Photo: C. Nusch © TransFair e. V.

Organic bananas and bootcut jeans: 40 years of fair trade

Actress Karoline Herfurth hosted the latest Fair Trade Awards in an evening gown made of certified organic cotton. Her elegant styling highlighted the transformation that fair trade has undergone.More ...
Climate change and the destruction of nature show the negative sides of tourism. Photo: Tim Ashton © iStockphoto

You take your conscience with you

Travel is sacred to the Germans. Yet climate change and the destruction of nature show the negative sides of tourism. More and more holidaymakers want to travel in a more environmentally friendly way. Unfortunately, few such holidays are offered, particular by the big tour operators.More ...
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Morality for the Managers of Tomorrow: Business Ethics

Business ethics is a field of research and teaching older than the recent financial and economic crisis. In view of the crisis, interest in business ethics in Germany has never been greater than it is today.More ...
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“Constant Corset”: Commuting is part of everyday working life

Although commuting is expensive for both individuals and society, most Germans prefer it to relocating to another city.More ...
Action Days by the IG Metall on temporary employment; Copyright: Picture-Alliance; Photographer: Bodo Marks

The Growth of the Temporary Employment Industry in Germany and its Consequences

For many years, temporary work was not much of an issue in Germany, but Schröder's government changed all that in 2004.More ...
Veranstaltung der Bundesweiten Gründerinnenagentur (bga); Copyright: Bundesweite Gründerinnenagentur (bga)

"One Can be a Part-time Boss As Well"

Up to now considerably fewer women than men have dared to take the step to self-employment.More ...
Lifelong learning keeps you professionally fit. Copyright: imageattack/photoplexus

Job Market Prospects for Older Workers in Germany?

Over the past 30 years, Germans have had far fewer children than in the preceding decades. The population is aging – with unforeseeable consequences for the labour market.More ...
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Goodbye Germany – More and More Germans Are Emigrating

A wave of emigration is underway: according to the German Federal Statistical Office, 165,000 men and women, all of them German passport holders, left Germany in 2007 to start up a new life elsewhere. In other words, 450 people are turning their backs on Germany each day.More ...

East Germany – Pioneering Structural Changes to the Labour Market

In East Germany, demand for skilled workers will rise once again in the future, though unfortunately so too will the number of low-wage workers.More ...
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Knowledge That Pays Off

More economics and business studies in the classroom – education reformers and entrepreneurs have been demanding this for some time. In the general school system this has yet to become reality. Up to now groundbreaking initiatives in this sphere tend to be launched independently by parents, teachers and managers.More ...

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