"We don't get involved in the politics of the nations that we visit. We are above that. I don't want to criticize why we couldn't use a soprano that sang alone on stage. I like to see the other part - that in the orchestra women and men can sit together. It's a great step forward."
"It always runs on time, it's very fast, it's comfortable."
"The problem is that one in five workers are paid less than ten euros an hour."
Trade union representative (ver.di)
"Just enough money for a kebab"
Music teacher (Berlin)
"Each halva has five layers of ground rice, hazelnuts, sugar and a syrup made with water and lemon. You have to leave it to rest overnight."
"If the bill on Supreme Court is passed, the coffin called rule of law will be shut definitely"
Ex-head, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal
""In the book of life every page has two sides: we human beings fill the upper side with our plans, hopes and wishes, but providence writes on the other side, and what it ordains is seldom our goal." Nizami Ganjavi"
"We laugh with Ariodante, we suffer, we cry with Ariodante."
Bosnia and Herzegovina
What an image for Peer Steinbrueck: raising his left-hand middle finger in Sueddeutsche Zeitung magazine. It is one of a string of gaffes that the
Opponents of Chancellor Angela Merkel have stepped up their election campaign while the German leader is away on holiday.
At a meeting in Hamburg
The Socialists and Democrats MEP group was quick to poke fun at a recent shift by European Commission leaders on austerity policies.
In what appears to be stunning news for Angela Merkel opinion polls in Germany suggest support for her Social Democrat rival in the autumn general
In Germany the opposition Social Democrats have formally named Peer Steinbrück as their candidate to challenge Angela Merkel as Chancellor next
Germany looks set for a lively election in a year’s time after the opposition Social Democrats announced outspoken former Finance Minister Peer
Germany’s Social Democrats have chosen the man who will take on Angela Merkel in next year’s General Election in Germany.
The SPD has surprised
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Czech police have charged a leading opposition politician with corruption.
David Rath, a former health minister, is accused of taking a bribe
Slovakia’s parliament has approved plans to curb the country’s financial deficit.
The four-year programme includes higher taxes on the rich. State
‘Hit the Road, Jack’… is one of the songs they played at a victory party for SPD Social Democrat Hannelore Kraft. Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat
A defeat for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is expected in regional elections in Germany’s most-densely populated state on Sunday
Former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt earned a standing ovation at the start of the Social Democratic Party’s annual convention. It came after he
Changes are clearly happening in the Swiss political balance. The right-wing UDC in Switzerland figured it would get a hefty score in the latest
A cabinet shakeup has given Austria a new State Secretary for Integration. The conservative-and-social democrat coalition appointments are aimed at
Germany’s ruling conservatives are celebrating success in provincial elections but a tougher test lies ahead next week.
The CDU emerged strongest
Germany’s Social Democrats have dealt a crushing defeat on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in a regional election.
The outcome will
Germany’s main opposition the SPD have gathered for a congress, buoyed by opinion polls that show the centre-left party bouncing back from a surprise
Germany’s Social Democrats have begun sifting through the ruins of their recent electoral drubbing.
The SPD party conference opened today in
Germany’s Social Democrats have launched a leadership shake-up after their defeat in the general election.
For the first time in a decade the