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The haves and have mores
Germany’s 45 richest households own as much wealth as the poorest half of the country’s population, a new study by the DIW economics institute has found. The richest 10 percent held almost two-thirds of national wealth in 2014, in the most recent figures available. That makes inequality in Germany, the EU’s largest economy, much more pronounced than elsewhere in the euro zone.
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Around half of Germans think a new coalition between Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats is a bad idea, according to a new survey. Despite Germany being in political limbo since September’s federal election, citizens don’t overwhelmingly fancy another "grand coalition," colloquially known as "Groko," between its two main parties as a solution.
Person of the day
Islam hater embraces Islam
An official with the anti-immigrant AfD recently became a Muslim despite his party’s core belief that Islam has no place in Germany. A party spokesperson, who confirmed the reports, said Arthur Wagner was an executive committee member in the eastern state of Brandeburg but recently resigned for personal reasons. “We support freedom of religion,” the spokesperson told Berliner Zeitung, adding that, “Mr. Wagner could have chosen any other religion.” Source:
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Angie roars ahead
After a gloomy 2017 on the courts, it seems like German tennis pro Angelique Kerber has her groove back, advancing to semifinals in the Australian Open. The 30-year-old from Bremen garnered a quarter-final victory on Wednesday and another conspicuous win against rival and fellow former Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova at the weekend. Source: