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A Trashy Election
When the residents of Hamburg cast their vote this Sunday, they will actually be throwing their ballots into garbage cans. This is due to the fact that the city ordered 2.700 of these repurposed containers in 2008 because the wooden ballot boxes had become too small for the long ballots in the state election.
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Green Card Roulette
US immigration authorities will soon require an in-person interview for certain applicants for green cards. The Trump administration announced a new hurdle for applicants in August in a step that could substantially slow down getting permanent residency. While about a million immigrants receive green cards each year, the number of Germans in this group has steadily declined. Up to 55,000 green cards are available to those who win the US Diversity Green Card Lottery. The number of German winners hit an all-time low in 2016.
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Turkey’s foreign ministry summoned the German ambassador, Martin Erdmann, for the second time in two days. According to Der Spiegel, Ankara raised the issue of last year’s resolution by the German parliament declaring the massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Turks a genocide. Germany’s foreign ministry said it was the 17th time its envoy had been called upon, underlining the divisions between the two NATO members.
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Germany's Exemplary Backbone
Family-owned small- and medium-sized businesses called Mittelstand form the backbone of Germany’s economy. Ninety-nine percent of German firms belong to the Mittelstand, and 74 percent of all employees work at one of these companies. According to a new survey, Mittelstand companies invest more carefully, and retain more profits than their listed equivalents.