When a retirement home was unable to find qualified German care-givers, it decided to teach German to four Portuguese students. They're hoping to work full-time in Germany once they've passed the language test.
Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem has come under increasing pressure over comments he made about debt-ridden nations playing fast and loose with their money. Italy and Portugal have called for his resignation.
With a euroskeptic government coalition likely to take over the reins in Italy, fears are mounting that the problems in the eurozone's third-largest economy will only get worse. Financial markets are already jittery.
Germans are known the world over for their virtues: efficient, reliable and always on time. But is all this actually a myth? Don't look for German virtues in Berlin, says columnist Gero Schliess.
How is the German election viewed from 2,500 miles away? In a world plagued with instability, acclaimed Indian writer Kiran Nagarkar wishes Angela Merkel could be elected global chancellor.
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