Ronald Pofalla was the boss of Angela Merkel's Kanzleramt during her last term in government. But now he is making the switch to business. It is rumored he will become Deutsche Bahn's chief lobbyist. That has prompted criticism.
Much is at stake for Angela Merkel in Bavaria's state election. A poor result for her conservative allies could lead to more government instability. But the election also signals bigger changes in German politics.
The drubbing of the mainstream parties in Bavaria's election didn't come as a surprise. But the outcome could have serious repercussions for Germany's political landscape.
In theory, women can become anything they want in Germany, even the chancellor. But if you look closer, it is clear that few women ever get leadership positions in the country's business, political or media worlds.
Even just a few months before the UK exits the EU, there's no clarity as to what future trade ties between the two sides will look like. German industry bodies warn a hard Brexit would be disastrous for businesses.
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