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Berlin bails out another EU partner - but Germans at home are also feeling the pinch

With other European countries in financial turmoil, Germany seems to be one EU member state who runs a tight ship. Angela Merkel was instrumental in the Greek bailout, and her government played a part in the Irish rescue earlier this week. But jo just how well is Germany's own economy doing? As France 24 discovered, while the Bundestag might be able to help other countries, the German people themselves are not immune from painful austerity measures.

Programme prepared by Kate Williams, Marie Billon and Patrick Lovett

By Jessica SALTZ , Brice BOUSSOUAR , Anne MAILLIET

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2017-10-20 Asia-pacific

The mixed legacy of 'Abenomics' in Japan

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is hoping for a landslide win in snap elections this Sunday. He's banked much of his chances of success on his economic policies, known as...

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2017-10-19 Asia-pacific

'China's Silicon Valley' symbolises high tech, prosperity and social inequality

It's known as the "Chinese Silicon Valley". Zhongguancun, a tech hub north of Beijing, has become a symbol of growth and prosperity for many young entrepreneurs. Its success has...

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2017-10-19 Europe

Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to vote on autonomy

As the Catalan crisis continues to rattle Spain, we turn our attention to Italy. On Sunday, 16 million Italians in the northern Lombardy and Veneto regions will vote in a...

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2017-10-18 Americas

See you in court: Washington state sues Monsanto over chemical pollution

US agrichemical giant Monsanto is under scrutiny as EU leaders mull whether to ban glyphosate, the main ingredient of its herbicide Roundup. The firm is also under fire in the...

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2017-10-17 France

A shield and a target: France's anti-terrorism operation 'Sentinelle'

"Sentinelle" is the name of an ongoing military operation on French soil: French soldiers patrol the streets, acting as a first line of defence and a shield for potential...

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