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European Union

EU not in a hurry to introduce further sanctions against Russia

ImageThe European Union has said it is prepared to step up sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. But officials added they would rather focus on enforcing the current ceasefire than implementing new restrictions.


German parliament approves female boardroom quota

The German Bundestag has passed a bill to introduce a 30-percent quota for women on supervisory boards. The hotly debated law would affect over 100 top German companies.


Apple moves into Dow Jones industrial average

US technology giant Apple is to join the Dow Jones industrial average, reflecting the firm's position in the national economy and society. The iPhone maker will replace telecommunications company AT&T.


Rosy US job figures could spur rate hike

Wall Street stocks have dropped slightly as investors took a rosy jobs report from the US Labor Department as an indication that the Fed may raise interest rates sooner than originally anticipated.


US banks pass Fed's stress test

All major US lenders have been given the Fed's seal of approval when it comes to their ability to withstand a severe financial crisis. But large investment banks did worse in the annual stress test.


China eyes fiscal expansion to stem sliding growth

As growth forecasts fall, China's finance minister has promised higher government spending as a countermeasure. The world's second-largest economy is suffering from sluggish global demand and domestic woes.


Philipp Lahm: 'I could be Bayern CEO within 20 years'

Amid debate over his future, the ex-Germany international has said he expects to remain at Bayern in some capacity after his current contract expires in 2018. Lahm also wants Guardiola to stay on in Munich.


Floods projected to cost South Asia over $215 billion per year

River flooding will affect more people and cause significantly more damage by 2030, as climate change and socioeconomic development accelerate. In South Asia alone, an estimated 15 million will be affected, say experts.


European tourists unfazed by euro slump

A strong US dollar is a nuisance for most Europeans traveling abroad, but that hasn't stopped them from booking pricier flights and hotels. Germans in particular remain unperturbed by a drop in purchasing power abroad.


Women's 'career or kids' dilemma drove German baby drought, says researcher

Like much of the western world, Germans are dying faster than they're breeding. Indeed, the country's fertility rates are among the lowest in the world. DW discusses the reasons with researcher Stephan Sievert.

Gender Equality

Opinion: Bundestag adopts gender equality law – so what!

The fact that new gender equality legislation has been adopted by the lower house of parliament does not at all mean there will be a change in the balance of power between the sexes, says DW's Ute Walter.


ECB unveils details of trillion-euro bond purchases

The European Central Bank has finally set a date for the launch of its massive sovereign bond-buying program. The exercise is aimed at lifting financial markets and reversing deflation in the eurozone.

German Law

German parliament passes law to cap sharp rent rises

After months of discussion, the German parliament has agreed measures to control sharp rent rises in areas under housing pressure. Nearly 60 percent of people in Germany rent their homes.


China: Less growth, huge debt and big questions

China has grown to become the second-biggest economy worldwide, having posted double-digit expansion figures for decades. But now it must shift into a lower gear while trying to avoid damaging its economic engine.


Togo: German investors still on the sidelines

The small Togolese Republic is becoming an important trade and transport hub in West Africa. Its middle class is growing. The construction and transport industries are booming. So what is holding German investors back?


Sieren's China: Beijing set to let the market decide

At the annual meeting of the National People's Congress, Premier Li Keqiang stressed that China is facing an economic reboot, says DW columnist Frank Sieren.