A Balanced Budget - What good is it?
Chancellor Merkel calls it setting the right example. Next year Germany plans on getting by without taking on new debt. It would be the country's first balanced budget in 45 years. But critics say the plan defers much-needed public investment, and harms the wider EU economy.
Athens between Scylla and Charybdis
Greece is the EU's biggest problem child. But after years of recession, the country's reform efforts seem to be paying off. The economy is outpacing the rest of the eurozone. But unemployment remains high, and many Greeks are fed up with austerity. To make matters worse, international lenders are demanding further belt tightning.
The German government isn't just eager to balance the budget. It also promotes ecological responsibility among the country's business community, for example, by endorsing the National German Sustainability Award. This year's Awards Ceremony is taking place in Berlin today. We look at one of the finalists.