Gender quotas are discriminatory

Gender quotas are discriminatory No doubt: Getting more women into top corporate positions is an important goal. But the idea of forcing companies to fulfill quotas is the wrong way to reach that goal. Quotas are a bad idea: They don’t improve the current situation. And they are discriminatory to both, men and women. Those…

The minimum wage is a job killer

Opposition parties in Germany are preparing to introduce a draft law on a minimum wage to the Bundesrat upper house. The Social Democrats, Green Party and socialist Left Party have agreed to propose a minimum wage of 8.50 euros an hour, raising the pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition. Labour unions argue that the minimum…

Paying the price

The European Commission has backed plans from 10 countries to launch a financial transactions tax to help raise funds to tackle the debt crisis. Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia want to push ahead with the tax after failing to win support from all members of the European Union. “This…

GES 2013

Dear GES Community, with the GES 2012 in Rio we introduced some major changes to the way we provide our content and embed you in the process of developing solutions for global problems. Currently, we are preparing the GES 2013 in Kiel, Germany. Consequently, our authors will pick up where they left after Rio 2012…