On average, employees in France work longer hours than in Germany: 44.3 hrs vs. 42.9 hrs for managers, and 36.2 hrs vs. 34.5 hrs for non-managers. (Eurostat, 2014). France is ranked sixth in the world for hourly labor productivity, ahead of Germany (7th) and the United Kingdom (13th). Compare France with other European countries and they can look pretty industrious, but guess what?
von Christine Giesen
Die Stadt Madrid ist so etwas wie die schöne Unbekannte unter den Hauptstädten Europas. Wer den Namen Paris hört, assoziiert ihn mit dem Eiffelturm oder Notre-Dame. Bei London denken wir an Westminster oder die Tower Bridge, zu Rom kommen uns spontan das Kolosseum oder der Petersdom in den Sinn, selbst wenn wir all diese Metropolen nie besucht haben.
Interview by Deike Ricardo with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rec. Nat. habil. Pol. Blog. Dem. Gas. Ilu. A. Shopenhaua
Germans – how do they function? Prof. Shopenhaua is one of the authors of the book: “Elija su propia aventura en Berlín.” With a good sense of humor and sarcasm he describes the life of a Spaniard in Berlin.
By understanding the effects being bilingual has on the brain, we can begin to see the enormous benefits speaking more than one language has on the human soul. Not only does it better connect us to the world and people around us, but multiple languages help us connect to ourselves. We become more tolerant by living in two different cultures and worlds. We also have more words and ways to express ourselves. Bilingualism is tolerance
The Food sector is becoming the most stable in crisis time. Food trucks and Food markets are popping up everywhere around Europe from Cologne to Madrid. In the Spanish the Madreat Festival once a month has grown from around 15 vintage trucks selling food to about 70. A business of used trucks converted into driving vintage restaurants has become a big business and has created a couple of thousand jobs in the big cities.
By Stefanie Claudia Müller, Madrid
Since the new leftwing local government was formed in Madrid the city is experimenting positive changes for entrepreneurs and young professionals. First of all the citizens can participate better in decision making processes and control the use of their taxes. The budget and its revenues and spendings will be published in realtime. Besides, an independent auditing company is checking right now all the contracts the city has ongoing and where money can be saved by changing providers or conditions. All the ongoing processes in this respect can be followed on the webpage of the city. Modern Madrid is very much on its way.