The last case involving the deaths of East Germans who were killed as they attempted to escape over the Berlin Wall has come to a close. On Thursday, a Berlin court found a former East German guard guilty of manslaughter and sentenced him to 21 months on probation. His former deputy was found guilty of aiding in the crimes and sentenced to 12 months on probation. The two retired former guards -- now 69 and 70 years of age -- have been fighting the charges, claiming that they were simply adhering to the policies of the former East German government at a time when "a dead refugee is better than an escaped one" was the motto. The case involved the deaths of four men between the ages of 18 and 47 who were shot as they attempted to escape. In a series of cases, numerous former sharpshooters who guarded the Berlin Wall have been found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to probation.
A French appeals court has determined German safety standards body TÜV "fulfilled its obligations" when certifying breast implants. The implants, found to contain substandard silicon, caused a worldwide scare.
Workers in Germany earned more in real terms in the first quarter of 2015 than at any time since 2008. The rise in income was buoyed by low inflation, though the new minimum wage also played a part.