from Dave Graham:

Is the German economic recovery a stitch-up to fool voters?

August 28, 2009

As if by magic, industry has become all upbeat about the prospects for the German economy – just in case anyone had the impression companies were about to start firing workers en masse after an upcoming federal election.

Long shot ricochets in Steinbrueck’s quest for legacy

August 7, 2009

As the German election approaches and with it a chance he may not hold onto his job, Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck took a long shot this week to try and boost his legacy as the man who took on the tax dodgers and won. While some of the new rules he proposed in a now trademark campaign against tax fraud failed to pass, the 62-year-old Social Democrat can only have boosted his popularity with voters and upped his chances of holding onto the Finance portfolio after the September 27 vote.

Death not an option for German pension debate

July 14, 2009

It may not be legislation, but a recently passed “pension guarantee” has re-kindled debate over a pillar of Germany’s welfare state – the notion of “inter-generational justice”.