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Austrian Video Scandal Highlights Concerns Over Nationalist Links to Russia

Posted by hkarner - 20. Mai 2019

Date: 19-05-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Chancellor calls new election after his deputy resigns, dealing a blow to far-right movement

Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz Christian Strache said he will step down from his post.

Austria’s leader called for early elections Saturday after a secretly-recorded video showed his nationalist deputy offering public contracts to a woman he believed to be a Russian oligarch.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said he would dissolve the government after the leader of his junior coalition partner, a prominent anti-immigration advocate with links to Russian President Vladimir Putin, resigned. Mr. Kurz’s decision to drop his partnership with the Freedom Party deals a blow to the continent’s far-right movement ahead of European Union elections.

The hidden camera tape, shot during a night of drinking in Ibiza, the Mediterranean holiday resort, was leaked to German media and aired widely on Friday evening. In it, Heinz-Christian Strache, the Freedom Party leader, promises public contracts to the unidentified woman if she purchases controlling shares in Austria’s biggest-circulation tabloid to support his election campaign.

The development topped the news agenda across Europe, which is entering the final stages of the campaign for the May 26 EU election, particularly in German-speaking countries. The scandal has amplified concerns about the links between Europe’s rising nationalist movement and Russia. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Germany is cautiously recruiting more workers from outside the EU

Posted by hkarner - 20. Mai 2019

Date: 18-05-2019
Source: The Economist

The Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz is a small but overdue step

Think germany and migration, and you probably think refugees. But German employers desperate for workers have their eye on a different sort of immigrant. After a decade of economic growth, unemployment is at its lowest and job vacancies their highest since reunification in 1990. Almost two-thirds of firms complain about a lack of skilled labour (see chart). So Germany is starting to look outward.

Germany’s modest wage growth suggests there is no widespread labour shortage. But a tour through the manufacturing heartland of Baden-Württemberg (unemployment rate: 3.1%) finds few doubts among employers. “If you advertise in the newspaper, you get zero!” cries Peter Kaufmann, who runs a house-building firm in Oberstadion, a village near Ulm. He reckons he could raise his headcount from 100 to 150 if he could find more bricklayers and carpenters. Services like elderly care and tourism are crying out for workers. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Baden-Württemberg’s economy minister, says labour shortages hurt growth. And Germany’s greying workforce makes this a problem for the ages. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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