The shared goal of social partners in Germany is to keep companies as free of conflict as possible. The idea is that this can be achieved by involving employees in decision-making processes to a considerable extent, thereby ensuring a more peaceful working environment, greater stability and fewer strikes.
Germany does a lot for parents. Pregnant women cannot be fired from their jobs. For six weeks before giving birth, and for at least eight weeks after, women do not have to work – but still get paid.
When someone talks about the European Union these days, it’s a shock to hear them utter anything but negative criticism. After all, there’s quite a lot to criticize, and politicians and the media – especially during election campaigns – pick and choose the details to cite in delivering their expected anti- EU bromides: too much Brussels bureaucracy, too patronizing, too confining for its member states, not really democratic and too far-removed from the expectations of its member states in terms of the extent and methods of its communitized policy.
Gabriele Wenner heads the City of Frankfurt’s department for women – with twelve employees it is one of the largest in Germany. An educationalist, Wenner has worked in this role since 2002.
At the German Economic Institute in Cologne, Kerstin Krey is responsible for the “Make it in Germany” platform. She explains how the platform that was established in 2012 can help, and whom.
A dense forest, a stooped man covered in fallen leaves slowly moves from right to left in the image. Behind the stooped man, a woman veiled in white walks upright. She is carrying leaves in her arms, like a mother with her newborn baby. A cuckoo clock ticks on the wall opposite the forest. Above a third wall that links the forest and the clock, insignia of urban life flicker like a small excerpt from a parallel reality. The Israeli artist Eden Auerbach Ofrat named her video installation Der Erlkönig. She is one of eight contemporary Israeli artists whose works are now on show at the Kunstmuseum Bochum until 20 January 2020 in an exhibition titled Family Stories – Young Art from Israel. The artists observe and describe the influence of the past and present, of religion and culture on their families, and translate their insights into a diversity of independent creative projects.
Ms Schäfer, you are a member of the team of curators for NOW! Painting in Germany Today. What is so special about the exhibition? The exhibition project is special, because the Kunstmuseum Bonn, the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz and the Museum Wiesbaden are combining their efforts to discover the current status of painting. The aim of all three institutions, along with the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, which will take on the joint exhibition in February 2020, is as follows: they have chosen a selection of 53 positions in art to provide a valid cross section of present-day young painting created by artists who were born in the late 1980s or later. The artists are simultaneously represented with around three to five paintings at each venue, followed by a combined show in Hamburg.
When Berlin takes time to celebrate its best chefs at the annual Berlin Master Chefs gala dinner, these prize-winning culinary artists are usually asked to do the very thing they’re being honored for: cook.