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Wages

Opinion: Yearning for the past may be useless

ImageThe German parliament has passed a new collective bargaining law. DW's Rolf Wenkel says it will not stand the test of time, because it may well be unconstitutional and not lead to the desired effects.

Labor relations

German train drivers earn less than you'd think

What's all the fuss about? The strike is over, right? Now the Bundestag is even talking about when workers can strike? When it comes to German train drivers, they have all the right in the world. DW looks at why.

Aviation

Lufthansa CEO raises possibility of medical spot checks for pilots

The head of Lufthansa has raised the possibility of introducing medical spot checks for its pilots. This comes after a Germanwings pilot with a history of mental illness apparently deliberately crashed a plane.

Saxony

Music and more around Whitsunday

Over the coming long weekend Germany will truly come to life with a range of festivals - where you can marvel, listen and - of course - join in.

Civil Rights

Civil rights groups slam German intelligence policies post-Snowden

The German state is undermining constitutional civil rights, according to a report by eight civil rights groups in Germany. No lessons had been learned two years after the Snowden revelations, it claims.

Unions

Bundestag passes bill curbing unions' wage power

The German parliament has passed a contentious bill curtailing small unions' powers to negotiate separate wage agreements. It comes after strikes by niche unions severely disrupted rail and air travel in recent months.

NSA Scandal

BND boss Schindler defends cooperation with NSA

The head of the BND has said that it needs to cooperate with the NSA to safeguard the country. He was testifying before an inquiry into allegations that the BND helped the NSA spy on European firms and officials.

Health

Consumer watchdog: Salmonella can also come from free-range and organic eggs

After a European salmonella outbreak made hundreds ill, a Bavarian egg farm has come under suspicion. Foodwatch warned that labels and seals do not always mean eggs are safe, nor that the animals receive adequate care.

Human Rights

Blogger Badawi's wife: More political support needed

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, has been visiting Berlin as demonstrations take place calling for the release of her husband. In an interview with DW, she speaks about her solidarity with him.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

New splendor for an old castle - The Baroque Bothmer Palace complex

The largest Baroque palace complex in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is located in the Klützer Winkel district on the Baltic Sea. Count von Bothmer’s 300-year-old brick ensemble has been restored and will reopen at Whit Sunday.

Economy

The B7 sales pitch for the G7

The G7 is set to meet on June 7 and 8 in the Bavarian resort of Elmau. As economic issues will also be on the agenda, the B7 group of western industry federations has come up with a host of recommendations.