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Germany Wants to Regulate Google Like a Utility

Germany Wants to Regulate Google Like a Utility

This according to TechCrunch: The Sunday Times writes that the country’s Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) has prepared a 30-page proposal with suggestions of how to cope with the growing power of Google, along with other tech giants. Treating Google as a utility, one of the proposed suggestions, would mean the state having a stronger hand in how services […]

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More Germans Relying on Two Jobs to Get By

More Germans Relying on Two Jobs to Get By

This according to Deutsche Welle: Almost 2.66 million people in Germany pursued more than just one job towards the end of 2012, the Federal Labor Agency (BA) reported. According to the Monday edition of the regional newspaper “Freie Presse”, the figure marked another rise by 59,000 people compared to the level reached a year earlier, […]

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Is the Eurozone Starting to Drag Down Germany?

Is the Eurozone Starting to Drag Down Germany?

That’s the fear raised in a recent Deutsche Welle article: The total number of people out of work in Germany fell by 46,174 in June in unadjusted terms, to stand at 2.809 million, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) in Nuremberg reported on Thursday. On a year-on-year basis, the number fell by 84,000 people. The unadjusted […]

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Europe:  Don’t Look Now But this IS the Long Run

Europe: Don’t Look Now But this IS the Long Run

In its latest issue, the Economist has a piece virtually begging Angela Merkel to abandon austerity. In one way it seems unfair to pick on Mrs Merkel. Politicians everywhere are failing to act—from Delhi, where reform has stalled, to Washington, where partisan paralysis [ed. note:  created by the Republican Party] threatens a lethal combination of […]

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German Solar Cell Maker Bites the Dust

German Solar Cell Maker Bites the Dust

Deutsche Welle reports that cell maker Q Cells is filing for bankruptcy. Boosted by state funding, Chinese solar firms have recently gained a financial edge over German manufacturers, allowing them to offer solar panels up to a third cheaper. “The fall in prices in recent months has exceeded our expectations,” Frank Asbeck, head of Solarworld […]

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The Economy:  Is that light at the end of the tunnel or a runaway freight train?

The Economy: Is that light at the end of the tunnel or a runaway freight train?

It is hard to tell whether economic optimism is justified these days.  BusinessWeek reports that the US jobs outlook is brightening thanks to gains in manufacturing and mining–thanks mostly to the expansion in gas extraction (fracking, anyone?) On the other hand, the Wall Street Journal reports that Germany’s economy is in the midst of a […]

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