French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (pictured) on Monday held talks with trade unions over plans to put the country’s pension system on a sounder financial footing, one of the thorniest and most controversial issues in French politics.
Angela Merkel became the first German chancellor to visit the former Nazi concenrtation camp Dachau on Tuesday. Critics slammed her decision to visit the site while on the campaign trail, calling it “tasteless”.
Some 500 million communications a month were intercepted by the NSA in Germany, according to US whistleblower Edward Snowden. Although not officially verified, this was a wake-up call to Germans. Many are now rallying to try to block further snooping by the secret services, which for them is reminiscent of surveillance operations carried out by the Stasi and the Third Reich. As elections approach, voters are asking the government to do more.
Germany will become the first European country to legally recognise a “third gender” in November when new-born babies whose sex is indeterminable will no longer be automatically assigned a male or female gender by medical staff.
The West German government helped fund a wide-scale doping programme from the 1970s onwards, with evidence of drug use among the country’s athletes stretching back to the 1950s, according to a leaked report seen by German media.
A survey released today found that Eurozone businesses had returned to growth in July for the first time in 18 months. Experts say that this could be an indicator that the recession is drawing to an end.
British cyclist Chris Froome won the centennial Tour de France on Sunday. Colombia's Nairo Quintana came second in the overall race and Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez third. However Germany's Marcel Kittel won the 21st and final stage of the race.