Unemployment in Germany rose slightly in December, but at a slower rate than usual for the time of year. Unemployment is now at 6.7 percent, bringing the total number of jobless Germans to 2.87 million.
A recovery in the labor market has reduced poverty and improved social justice across the EU, according to the Bertelsmann Foundation. But the gap between northern and southern countries remains wide.
A recent report by the German Federal Statistical Office shows that in terms of education, employment and income levels, those with a migration background are much worse off than those without.
Bavaria's embattled premier Horst Seehofer has vowed to "fight like a lion" at Berlin talks to form Germany’s next government. His party's youth wing has disowned the 68-year-old and hailed his rival, Markus Söder.
German football coach Kevin Stotz spent a season and a half working in the Chinese Super League. He spoke to DW about the challenges of working in China and the country's chances of becoming a footballing power.
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