Feldhake converted to Judaism at 17, and moved to Germany a (source) year ago. Once he finishes his rabbinical studies, he plans to stay in Germany and work as a rabbi to help combat growing problems with far-right groups. For some Jewish leaders, the very founding of this school speaks to the strides that Germany has made to distance itself from the horrors of its past. There are problems, of course, said Josef Schuster, vice president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany. But its a lot easier to live openly as a Jew in Germany today than in many other EU (European Union) states. Still, a recent poll by the EUs Agency for Fundamental Rights showed that 63 percent of Jewish people living in Germany have avoided wearing identifying Jewish symbols, such as a yarmulke. The study also revealed that 25 percent of German Jews have entertained leaving because of concerns for their safety. <br>More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/potsdam-becomes-nucleus-of-jewish-studies-in-germany/2013/12/06/0e6303d6-5ea3-11e3-8d24-31c016b976b2_story_1.html
Potsdam becomes nucleus of Jewish studies in Germany
As far as the day's other match was concerned, with back-to-back victories, Belgium brightened their chances of booking a berth in the quarterfinals. Belgium scored all their five goals in the second half of the match through Alexander Hendricks (38th, 51st and 66th), who slammed a hat-trick, and Mathew Cobbaert in 48th and 54th minute, both of which were field goals. Although Egypt got off to a confident start against Belgium, the European Champions managed to have the maximum ball procession and played attacking hockey. But the Egyptian defenders stood like a rock to deter their opponents from scoring in the first half. They never gave check it out much space to the Belgians forwards to create clear scoring chances and at the end of the first half, the scoreboard read 0-0. <br>More: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/hockey/top-stories/Germany-thrash-Pakistan-6-1-another-win-for-Belgium/articleshow/27030669.cms
Germany risks rolling back its strengths
The result has been spectacular: Germanys current unemployment rate, of just over 5 per cent, is half what it was a decade ago, and far below the 12.2 per cent average jobless rate in the euro zone. And German productivity gains since then have far outstripped the modest rise in unit labour costs, propelling the current export boom. Currently, about 12 per cent of workers in Western Germany earn below 8.5 euros per hour, while in the eastern part, the figure is about one in four, according to research by the IWH institute in Halle. Deutsche Bank is now predicting that the planned minimum wage would reverse some of the beneficial effect of the Hartz reforms and would likely increase labour costs generally, because the 8.5 euro level would be close to the median wage. The bank estimates that between 450,000 and one million jobs will be lost as a result. In theory, the minimum wage would boost overall purchasing power, going some way to address the international criticism. But Hans-Werner Sinn, head of the IFO Institute for Economic Research in http://www.savingsdaily.com/post/panama-city-lights-new-christmas-tree-friday Munich, argues that it would merely push up the price of German goods and make them less competitive, without leading to a significant increase in consumption of imports. <br>More: http://gulfnews.com/business/opinion/germany-risks-rolling-back-its-strengths-1.1264181
Can US solar energy compete with Germany's low prices?
View gallery Germany will sell two destroyers to Israel for 1 bn ($1.3 bn), the Bild daily reported Saturday (AFP Photo/Greg Wood) Berlin (AFP) - Germany will sell two destroyers to Israel for one billion euros ($1.3 billion), the Bild daily reported Saturday. The torpedo-carrying war vessels will be used to protect Israeli pipelines, the paper said, without citing a source. The report said Israel's national security adviser, Yossi Cohen, was in Berlin last week. A German government spokeswoman reached by AFP confirmed Cohen's visit but declined to elaborate. Israel <br>More: http://news.yahoo.com/germany-sell-two-destroyers-israel-133009546.html
The SIMPLE BoS team implemented a time-and-motion methodology for evaluating the PV installation process, collecting data on PV installations in both countries. Ample opportunities to reduce installation costs The results indicated that U.S. installers participating in the SIMPLE BoS project incur median installation costs of $0.49/W, compared to a benchmarked median cost of $0.18/W for participating German installers. Figure 2 (see left) shows the comparative costs of each component of the PV installation process in the U.S. and Germany, respectively, looking at four categories of installation-related costs: racking & mounting, pre-install, electrical, and non-production. In addition to providing cost details on the PV installation process, our report outlines several enabling factors from German and leading U.S. <br>More: http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/1207/Can-US-solar-energy-compete-with-Germany-s-low-prices