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This week in Germany – Flying higher in 2018

AIRLINE group Lufthansa have announced that it plans to take on more than 8,000 staff during 2018; all part in the company’s latest step to push for further growth of one of the largest carriers in Europe. Over half of the new staff will be flight attendants.

Bus bomber confesses

A GERMAN-RUSSIAN man has admitted to being behind the bomb attack on the Borussia Dortmund football team’s bus that took place last April, in a plan to make a fortune on the stock exchange. The blast left Spanish footballer Marc Bartra with a broken wrist.

Union calls strikes for rights

NEXT Monday will see a series of strikes across the country that has been called by the powerful IG Metall union. Apart from a pay rise, they also demand rights for workers to temporarily switch to a 28-hour week to care for children or elderly relatives

Politician ‘court’ in Twitter outrage

AfD politician Jens Maier has been warned by his party over a racist tweet about the son of tennis legend Boris Becker. But Maier, who called Noah Becker a “half-negro”, can remain in the party. The national executive of the right-wing populist party said the decision was unanimous.

Flood warnings affect shipping

AFTER days of torrential rain and melting snow, the water levels of the Rhine, Moselle and Danube rose considerably, causing authorities to warn that flooding was likely to continue for a number of days. Shipping was halted through Cologne at the weekend after the river breached the 8 metre mark.

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