Hans Anand Pant is the head of the German School Academy and a leading expert on education research. He'd like to see a transformation of the school system, but says it has to come from the schools themselves.
Despite gloomy headlines about the asylum policy debate, a majority view life with their immigrant and non-immigrant neighbors positively. The study still noted an East-West split, as well as a divide on headscarves.
A slowdown in the German economy in the third quarter has raised recession fears. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier thinks a package of tax cuts and other measures are needed to shore up future economic growth.
Social Democrat Finance Minister Olaf Schoz has defended his proposed 2018 budget amid harsh criticism. Though it calls for increased spending, the proposal upholds the Christian Democrats' zero-borrowing policy.
Israel just won the European Song Contest, the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem, and the business world is amazed by the innovative startups the nation produces. Yet the tiny country has a lot of catching up to do.
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