Germany’s states sought to ban the far-right National Democratic Party, petitioning the country’s highest court to rule its aims and activities unconstitutional a decade after an earlier attempt to outlaw the group failed.
Former Bertelsmann SE Chief Executive Officer Thomas Middelhoff faces a criminal probe by German prosecutors over suspicions he gave false testimony about the demise of the late Leo Kirch’s media group.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a national minimum wage and to increased spending on pensions and infrastructure while holding firm to her refusal to raise taxes in a coalition accord with the Social Democrats.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced down growing frustration in her party over concessions made in coalition talks with the Social Democrats, saying that she’s confident the two sides will strike an accord within days.
Beatrice Weder di Mauro, who made her name by being an expert on debt, can’t collect on one of her own: Nouriel Roubini owes her a bottle of Champagne for a 2012 bet they made about whether Greece would leave the euro. It didn’t, and she won.
Outrage over U.S. wiretapping of Angela Merkel’s mobile phone has inspired two proposals worth considering. One is that the U.S. should quit spying on allied leaders. The second, floated by the German chancellor herself, is to add her country to the no-mutual-spying, intelligence sharing pact that the U.S. has had with its closest Anglophone allies since 1946.
Edouard Martin was certain he and about 600 workers would keep their jobs at ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in eastern France after President Francois Hollande floated the idea of nationalization to prevent a planned shutdown in late November.