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Berlin budges on boosting euro crisis firewall

Germany, the bloc’s paymaster, has long been reluctant to see the euro zone’s new permanent bailout fund increased beyond the agreed 500 billion euros.

East Germans unite: Joachim Gauck elected president

With Joachim Gauck as president and Angela Merkel in the chancellery, Germany’s two top political positions will for the first time be held by people from the former communist East Germany.

Rebellious unions upend German order

There has been a shift in Germany’s organized labor system: the rise of smaller, bolder unions who buck the tradition of consensus-building between industry-wide unions and employers.

In powerhouse Germany, salaries for women lag behind

Inequality in pay between men and women remains high in Europe, and nowhere on the continent is the gender pay gap bigger than in Germany.