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East Germany’s gender legacy

When the Berlin Wall fell, the economy in East Germany all but collapsed, and women often lost their jobs before men. Yet the legacy of East Germany’s gender and labour market dynamics – and the remarkable pragmatism and flexibility with which women adapted to their new circumstances – helped many …

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Ursula von der Leyen: Merkel loyalist, mother of seven

Berlin (AFP) Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, freshly nominated to head the European Commission, is a loyal confidante of Chancellor Angela Merkel, most recently serving in the tough post of defence minister. The political blue-blood, trained medical doctor and mother-of-seven was long considered a likely successor to Merkel but had …

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