High Flyer - Labor minister Andrea Nahles | Rape - "No" is not enough | Transatlantic Trade - Fear of chlorine-washed chicken | Education Debate - Schooling for children with disabilities
Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles is the rising star in Angela Merkel's government. Thanks to her efforts on pension reform and a minimum wage, the Social Democrats can present themselves as a party of reform - with a potential rival to the Chancellor Merkel in her own cabinet.
According to German law, even if a woman has said "no" or the man has torn her clothes off, she is still far from being classified as a rape victim. Absurdly, the law demands physical force and resistance. To this day, fear does not count. Now experts are demanding a reform to the paragraphs in the criminal code that deal with rape.
Is the fight against imports of poultry from the US actually about consumer protection? Until now, consumers' fears of importing chlorine-washed American chicken have been a major argument in the debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
Nutrition experts, however, say propaganda from the German poultry lobby is stoking those fears, and that domestically produced chicken is in no way healthier than chlorine-washed meat from the United States.
For decades, children with learning disabilities have been taught in so-called special-needs schools. Germany has some 3,200 such facilities. Now more and more children with learning disabilities are attending mixed classes in mainstream schools. Many parents and teachers view the development with skepticism.