Legislation To Institute Boardroom Quota For Women in Business Approved By German Cabinet

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The German cabinet, led by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and coalition partner Social Democrats (SPD) pushed through a draft law that would require public companies to have a 30 percent quota for women on their boards by 2016. Under the proposed law, small business would also see quotas put …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Politicians Look To Typewriters For NSA Investigative Work

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Patrick Sensburg, the head of Germany’s parliamentary committee investigating the NSA spying allegations, revealed in an interview with ARD that he and his committee are looking at using traditional typewriters to carry out their written work around the ongoing investigation, with the hope that it will block any spying that …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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German Government Cancels Verizon Contract Over Security Concerns

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On Thursday, the German government disclosed that it would not be renewing their communications contract with the U.S.-based telecom giant Verizon when it expires in 2015, citing concerns over the company’s potential obligation to follow U.S. spying orders. Verizon had secured this lucrative deal to supply the German government with a …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Germany Looks To Toughen Up Against Tax Evaders Who Turn Selves In

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Finance ministers from all 16 German states are pushing to implement harsher penalties for tax evaders who decide to turn themselves in before being caught, as there has been some protest over the existing rules which many see as being too soft. Currently, tax evaders can avoid prosecution if they …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Putin Defends Crimea’s Decision In Phone Call With Merkel

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On Sunday, an overwhelming majority of Ukrainians living in Crimea showed favor in separating from Ukraine and becoming part of Russia.  While the Ukraine government is calling the vote illegal and has no plans on supporting the decision, Russian President Vladimir Putin defended the decision on Sunday during a phone call …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Merkel Fractures Pelvis During Christmas Ski Vacation

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It turns out German Chancellor Angela Merkel has an adventurous side to her, or at least that is what it seems when the news broke that she had suffered a skiing injury during her Christmas holiday in Switzerland. While out doing some cross-country skiing around the Swiss resort of Engadin, …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Germany To Soon Vote On Charging Foreigners Using The Autobahn

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Since opening the first autobahn freeway in 1921, Germany has kept these high-speed roads free for all travelers.  However that may all change once Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plan to begin charging a toll goes for a vote, possibly this week.  Unlike in other European countries, Merkel’s plan won’t be affecting …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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New German Law To Allow For Third Gender Option On Birth Certificates

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On November 1, a new law will go into effect in Germany that opens up the option to choose a third gender on birth certificates, making it the first country in Europe to offer the distinction.  The law is meant for intersex babies, meaning that when a baby is born …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Bitcoins Officially Recognized As A Legal Form Of Private Money In Germany

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Bitcoin, the new and often controversial digital currency, has just been ruled as an official “unit of account”, or in other words a form of private money, in Germany by the Federal Ministry of Finance.  While this doesn’t mean Bitcoins will pose a threat to the euro, it will be …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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Snowden Continues To Seek Asylum In Countries Around The World, Including Germany

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After receiving the strict terms set out by Russian president Vladimir Putin, the American NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, decided to expand his search for a country willing to grant him asylum.  Wikileaks posted a list of countries that received official requests, and while some of them aren’t all that surprising, …

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Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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