February 12th: News from Germany

Study: German labour market needs migrants from outside the EU + France, Germany revive industrial policy push in wake of nixed merger + Berlin Film Festival programme offers lessons for the Trump era.

Studie: Deutscher Arbeitsmarkt braucht Zuwanderung aus Nicht-EU
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Study: German labour market needs migrants from outside the EU

Dortmund, Germany (dpa) - The German labour market will need at least 260,000 migrants per year in the medium- to long-term, and many of them will have to come from outside the European Union, a study released Tuesday showed.

The study, conducted on behalf of Bertelsmann Institute, says that the country's working population will contract by about 16 million - or about a third - by 2060 due to the ageing population and low birthrate in Germany.

France, Germany revive industrial policy push in wake of nixed merger 

Brussels (dpa) - French and German finance ministers pledged on Tuesday a unified effort on an EU policy to build industrial champions with global reach. France and Germany are still smarting over the European Commission's rejection last week of a merger between French trainmaker Alstom and the rail business of German industrial giant Siemens. Paris and Berlin had backed the fusion, with hopes of creating an industrial giant that could take on foreign rivals such as Chinese rail manufacturing giant CRRC.

Berlin Film Festival programme offers lessons for the Trump era 

Berlin (dpa) – Donald Trump's presidency has passed its halfway mark. But what can we learn about Trump's future from the Watergate scandal and the role of right-wingers like Dick Cheney? Two films tell us what might be in store. Since his election as president of the United States Trump has been a frequent target of outrage and mockery at the world's major cultural events. And the Berlin Film Festival has been no exception.

But this year the Berlinale has offered up some salient lessons for critical observers of the Trump presidency, many of whom hope that America's 45th president might face the same fate as Richard Nixon and depart office early.

On Monday, US politics moved to the Berlinale's centre stage with the festival screening two very different films: a documentary on the Watergate scandal that engulfed Nixon, and "Vice," a satire focusing on one of the US right's favourite sons, former vice president Dick Cheney.

Berlin Film Festival programme offers lessons for the Trump era
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