Companies in Germany send out between 50 and 80 million cards in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Graphic designs such as stylized Christmas trees or stars are especially popular. The motto is: "Less is more."
CSU leader Horst Seehofer — the German interior minister and an uneasy ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel's — is back in Berlin and vowing to play nice after Bavaria's vote. But how long can he hold on before heads roll?
In an effort to create a better sunscreen and find the best bag, two women founders have turned to the project "Female Entrepreneurs of the Future" for help to market their innovative products in savvy and creative ways.
In Germany, St. Nicholas fills children's boots with sweets in the night of December 5 to 6. He also gets tons of fan mail.
Greece's finance minister has sent Christmas e-cards to staff featuring the Charles Dickens character Ebenezer Scrooge. The move is a dig at international lenders who have pushed Greece into deep austerity.
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