Germany looks into welfare abuse to tame immigrant row
Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew attends a news conference with Portugal's Finance Minister Mar BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is moving in the right direction in striking a balance between economic growth and fiscal to learn more consolidation but should continue to look for ways to spur domestic demand, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Wednesday. "Over the course of this past year, I think we've seen very constructive movement to get the balance right between fiscal consolidation and growth," he said in a joint news conference with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schaeuble. "We can continue to discuss where that balance should be but it has moved in the right direction from our perspective over the year," he said, pointing to German plans to introduce a minimum wage and boost investments in infrastructure. Still, Lew echoed the message that he gave during his last visit in April 2013, saying it was important for countries like Germany, which run large current account surpluses, to take further steps to promote growth in order for Europe and the global economy to rebalance and recover. "We have made very clear that we think that more domestic demand and investment would be a good thing," he said.
The 31-year-old, who retired in September, played 52 times for Germany between 2004 and 2010 and spent his club career at Aston Villa, VfB Stuttgart, Lazio, West Ham United, VfL Wolfsburg and Everton. Image: Germany's Thomas Hitzlsperger reacts Photographs: Christian Charisius/Reuters Prev Next "In England, Germany and Italy, homosexuality is not an issue that is discussed in earnest, not in the dressing-room at any rate," he said. Despite soccer's global popularity, the sport has seen very few gay players come out, especially during their active careers as the fear of a negative reaction from coaches, team mates and fans forces them to keep their sexuality secret. "It's good that he's spoken about something which is important to him," Seibert told a media briefing. "We live in a country where nobody should be worried about making his sexuality known or concerned about intolerance. And I believe we have made enormous progress as a country and as a society in the last few decades in this area.
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The cabinet set up a working group to report by June on steps the government could take to avoid any abuse of welfare payments by migrants, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said. Late last year, the mayors of 16 big cities, including Cologne and Hanover, wrote to the coalition to seek help with an influx of poor immigrants from south-eastern Europe, Seibert said, adding: "When cities have to cope with problems that could be related to migration, we have to take a close look." The working group comprises top officials from 11 ministries and a government coordinator for integration. The conservative-led interior ministry and the labour ministry, controlled by the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), will lead the group. Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU), which shares power with Merkel's conservatives and the SPD, wants benefits to be withheld from immigrants for the first three months and foreign fraudsters to be deported and banned from returning. "Why should Germany become Europe's social repair workshop?" CSU General Secretary Andreas Scheuer said this week. TENSIONS The SPD has denounced the CSU ideas as "hate slogans" and populism before local and European elections due this year.
Former Germany soccer player Hitzlsperger says he is gay
Last year more than a dozen German cities asked the federal government for help in dealing with a large influx of migrants from Romania and Bulgaria. This month restrictions eased on the movement of people from those two countries to the rest of the 28-nation EU. The conservative Christian Social Union, one of three governing parties, has called for nationals from other EU countries to be ineligible for welfare benefits for their first three months in Germany and for welfare cheats to be expelled. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Wednesday the panel would examine possible legislation to combat any welfare abuse. Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer.
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Industry figures published Tuesday show that bituminous coal and lignite together contributed 45.5 percent of Germany's gross energy output in 2013, up from 44 percent the previous year. Environmentalists criticize the increasing use of coal, saying it is a "dirty" source because of the large amount of carbon dioxide released when it is burned. Heavily subsidized renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and hydropower also increased their contribution to 23.4 percent, up from 22.8 percent in 2012. The share of nuclear power dropped to 15.4 percent from 15.8 percent.
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A politically incorrect comedy that mocks current debates about school reform, immigration and economic disparity has become the biggest hit in years in Germany. http://shorteeps.skyrock.com/3200994893-Kanye-West-Calls-Drake-A-Rap-God.html Bora Dagtekin's Fack Ju Gohte, produced by Munich-based production house Rat Pack and distributed by Constantin Film, has sold more than six million tickets since its release late last year, earning more than $60 million at the German box office so far. our editor recommends Germany 2013 in Review: Business Booms, Rupert Murdoch Doubles Down on Sports The film's German title, rendered as Suck Me Shakespeer in English, is a German phonetic transcription of "F-- You, Goethe." It's a tidy summing up of both the poor spelling skills of the lead character -- a ex-con turned substitute teacher -- and the film's irreverent tone. Fack Ju Gohte is on track to become one of the top ten German films of all time. The success proves Dagtekin's freshman effort, 2012's Turkish For Beginners, wasn't a fluke.
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"Homosexuality is not a serious issue in England, Germany or Italy, not in the dressing room in any case," said Hitzlsperger, who made 52 appearances for Germany's national team from 2004-10. He said he resented the contradiction of football being a sport where "fighting, passion and the will to win are intrinsically linked," compared to the stereotype that "gays are sissies." "I was never ashamed of how I am," said Hitzlsperger, adding that the behavior of some of his teammates was sometimes hard to take. "Think about it. There are 20 young men sitting around a table drinking. You let most of it go, as long as the jokes are halfway funny and the rubbish about homosexuals is not hugely offensive," he said. Hitzlsperger is the most high profile footballer, active or retired, to come out as gay. Last February, American player Robbie Rogers declared he was gay before announcing his retirement.
Former Germany international Hitzlsperger admits he is gay
Hysen also welcomed Hitzlsperger's announcement on Twitter: ''Just want to take a moment & say GOOD JOB Thomas Hitzlsperger!! very proud over what youve done. Extremely good for football!'' Last month, British Olympic diver Tom Daley said he was in a relationship with a man. Other high-profile gay sportsmen include Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas, English cricketer Steven Davies and American basketball player Jason Collins. Copyright 2014 Associated Press .
Former Germany international Hitzlsperger says he is gay
Schaeuble's ministry said in December that Germany would borrow less than expected in 2013 for the fifth consecutive year. A spokesman said final figures are due in mid-January. Boss said Berlin collected 1.3 billion euros more in taxes than expected last year. visit website Other reasons for the lower borrowing included lower interest payments and less spending on defense. The country's jobless rate also remains near its lowest level since it reunified more than two decades ago. However, the expert forecast a less rosy picture for 2014's public finances.
Germany urged to spur investment, consumption
Weve made very clear that we think that more domestic demand and investment would be a good thing, he said, on the middle stop of a three-nation European tour which took in Paris Tuesday and will continue on to Lisbon later Wednesday. The meeting comes just hours after new trade data showed that German exports are still growing while imports are shrinking and several months after clear differences were exposed between Berlin and its fellow export giant, the United States, over economic policy. The US Treasury criticised Europes biggest economy in its semi-annual report in October for not doing enough to help boost the global economy, saying it needed to tap its surpluses to kick-start domestic demand and singling out its reliance on exports. Berlin, in turn, tersely rebutted as not comprehensible the US report, which criticised the countrys dependence on exports and domestic demand growth as anaemic at a time when Germany could be helping the eurozone pull back from deflation. Schaeuble, for his part, defended Germany's policy Wednesday, stressing that German growth was driven by domestic demand. Within the eurozone we dont have a German surplus but are just contributing overall to a balanced situation, he told the joint press conference. Long the envy of its EU partners for its strong public finances and powerful economy, critics however argue that Germany needs to boost domestic demand and so help its EU partners by spurring export-driven growth in their economies, rather than continue to rely mostly on its own exports for growth.
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"I'm making my homosexuality public because I would like to advance the http://gilbertocmms.skyrock.com/3200987777-Madonna-s-Daughter-Lola-Had-Blast-At-Beyonce-s-Concert-With-Drake-&.html discussion of homosexuality among professional athletes," he told Die Zeit in an interview to be published on Thursday. The 31-year-old, who retired in September, played 52 times for Germany between 2004 and 2010 and spent his club career at Aston Villa, VfB Stuttgart, Lazio, West Ham United, VfL Wolfsburg and Everton. "In England, Germany and Italy, homosexuality is not an issue that is discussed in earnest, not in the dressing-room at any rate," he said. Despite its global popularity, soccer has seen very few gay players come out, especially during their active careers as the fear of a negative reaction from coaches, team mates and fans forces them to keep their sexuality secret. Britain's most famous case was that of former Norwich City striker Justin Fashanu, who came out in a tabloid newspaper in 1990 and committed suicide eight years later. Former Leeds United player Robbie Rogers quit soccer and came out as gay after being released by the Yorkshire club last year.