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Advisory services
On the way towards your own business, you will need to deal with many new topics. Good advice can contribute to your business success. Even if you have obtained useful tips from friends and family, it is a good idea to obtain support from an expert in the field. Especially in the preparatory stages, comprehensive advice is very useful.

In Germany, there are many public information centres which will advise you as you set up your own business. On the Startup Portal, under “advice and information”, you will find the contact information of regional and national information centres for entrepreneurs with a migrant background. A general contact list is available on the Startup Portal. Similarly, the Authority Finder will also tell you about your nearest information centre.
business  germany 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
'Adults in the room': Greens surge across Europe as centre-left flounders | World news | The Guardian
But if the Green wave has come mainly at the expense of traditional centre-left social democratic parties, whose support has plunged across Europe to the point of near wipeout in countries such as France and the Netherlands, the movement also increasingly appeals to substantial numbers of disillusioned centre-right voters.

“They have not had to take the big national decisions around austerity, have not been sullied in the same way as the main centre-right and centre-left parties that are so implicated in the aftermath of that crisis,” said Fabien Escalona, a French political scientist at Sciences Po Grenoble.

Escalona also noted that Green parties appeared to be doing particularly well in relatively prosperous countries, where the effects of austerity had not been felt so severely but where migration had become a major political issue. Elsewhere, a more radical left was more popular, he said.
politics  eu  france  netherlands  germany 
october 2018 by juliusbeezer
After their attacks on climate science, industrial lobbyists target the scientific evidence on air pollution - Multinationals Observatory
Science under the influence

And obviously, there is the case of Michel Aubier. This eminent respiratory physician cruised the television studios downplaying the dangers of air pollution, only to later reveal that he was also a paid consultant to Total (read our article). In 2012, Aubier published an Académie de médecine report—widely cited by industry—entitled “Impact sanitaire des particules diesel : entre mythe et réalité ?” (The health impacts of diesel particulates: between myth and reality?), that promoted the merits of particle filters. In 2015 he had also testified along the same lines to a senatorial enquiry, claiming that the number of cancers linked to pollution was "extremely few". On both occasions he neglected to mention his pecuniary involvement with a multinational corporation whose primary business is the sale of petrol and diesel. In July 2017 he received a suspended six-month prison sentence and a €50,000 fine for failing to declare this conflict of interest to the Senat when asked.
agnotology  airpollution  air_quality  health  politics  france  us  india  germany  translation  driving  oil 
february 2018 by juliusbeezer
Après celle du climat, l’industrie et ses lobbyistes s’attaquent à la science de la pollution de l’air - Observatoire des multinationales
Après le climato-scepticisme, le dieselo-scepticisme ? « L’air moderne est un petit peu trop propre pour une santé optimale » ; « on ne peut pas faire de lien entre décès prématurés et ozone » ; « [si la pollution de l’air tue,] où sont les corps ? » ; « les experts ne sont pas d’accord entre eux quant à la réalité de l’impact sanitaire des particules fines » ; « la qualité de l’air n’a jamais été aussi bonne qu’aujourd’hui »… Telles sont quelques-unes des phrases que l’on a pu récemment glaner, de divers côtés, dans les médias ou les réseaux sociaux en France, aux États-Unis et ailleurs. Alors que des voix de plus en plus nombreuses s’élèvent pour dénoncer l’impact sanitaire de la pollution de l’air, et les dizaines de milliers de décès prématurés qu’elle provoque chaque année en France et dans le monde, certains font de la résistance.

Ce « déni de la pollution de l’air » se manifeste aussi sous une autre forme, dans certaines études « scientifiques » financées par des constructeurs automobiles. Le New York Times a raconté il y a quelques jours comment une officine crée par Volkswagen avait payé des chercheurs pour faire respirer des vapeurs de diesel à un groupe de singes, dans le but de prouver leur innocuité.
agnotology  pollution  airpollution  climatechange  tobacco  français  india  us  france  germany  oil 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
L‘Allemagne tait le nombre d'accidents sur les autoroutes à vitesse libre
sur l'ensemble du réseau allemand, il n'y a qu'un faible tronçon où l'on peut rouler sans devoir surveiller le compteur. 388 km exactement. Mieux encore, on apprend que l'Allemagne garde jalousement ses données d'accidentalité, notamment celles portant sur ces fameux 388km…. Ainsi au niveau européen, le responsable chargé de remplir le fichier des accidents pour chaque État-membre ne parvient jamais à remplir totalement sa mission. Il lui manque à chaque fois l'Allemagne! Berceau des constructeurs de grosses cylindrées, l'Allemagne redouterait en réalité que ces données soient une contre-publicité pour la vitesse. Car le nombre de sinistres recensés sur ces 388 km a finalement été divulgué. Jean-Luc Névache qui fut délégué interministériel à la sécurité routière et qui intervient dans le long métrage s'est procuré ces informations qu'il livre à la caméra…. Sur ce segment où la vitesse est libre, l'accidentalité est trois fois plus forte que celle en France, dit-il.
road_safety  germany  driving 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
George Paxton, Nonviolent Resistance to the Nazis | Peace News
‘But what about Nazi Germany?’ No doubt many Peace News readers have been asked this question when they have voiced support for nonviolence.

Summarising a range of published material, George Paxton shows that nonviolent resistance to Adolf Hitler’s government was widespread. And though it is often poorly-referenced and somewhat repetitive, this feels like one of the most important books I’ve read in a long time.

From underground newspapers, open letters, graffiti, and socially ostracising the occupiers, to slow working, boycotts and hiding and rescuing Jews, Paxton sets out what is effectively secret history in a culture that reveres the violent struggle against Nazi Germany. Who knew, for example, that on the first day that Copenhagen was occupied handwritten leaflets appeared on the streets, titled ‘Ten Commandments for Passive Resistance’?
history  politics  germany 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
How the German Pirate Party's "Liquid Democracy" Works | TechPresident
Each member has one vote, but most are not interested in marking up endless reams of policy papers. So the system allows every vote to be entrusted to another member – for everything, or for certain topics or specific proposals, or not at all. What's more, the person who has been delegated the votes of others can then re-delegate all those votes, plus their own, to someone else.

It's a trust-based approach and the nearest thing Liquid Feedback has to a reputation system. Members don't get points-based kudos for their involvement and expertise; they collect real votes. In theory, votes being passed up the chain like this could lead to a crony elite or even a dictator, but there is a failsafe mechanism. Every delegated vote can be reclaimed at any time, so no high-flying Pirate can operate without a continuous mandate. "We want effective people to be powerful and do their work, but we want [the grassroots] to be able to control them," Bormuth says.

This is liquid democracy: a sliding scale between direct democracy and representative democracy, where each member can decide where they sit in the spectrum at any given time.
politics  democracy  germany 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
German coal plants burn on as EU carbon price stagnates | Climate Home - climate change news
The UK’s emissions from coal power generation plummeted 58% in 2016, helped by a minimum carbon price of £18 a tonne of CO2 (US$22).

In stark contrast, the EU market price of €5 ($5) is making little dent in Germany’s coal sector. Seven of the EU’s 10 biggest polluters are German lignite (brown coal) plants.
eu  politics  climatechange  germany 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
An update on the Energiewende | Energy Matters
The reason renewables have had no detectable impact is that the added generation has gone towards filling increased demand and replacing nuclear generation rather than generation from gas, coal and lignite, which remains about the same as it was in 1990 (Figure 4, data from Clean Energy Wire). This is in line with Germany’s goal of shutting down its nuclear plants but will of course do nothing to reduce emissions:
germany  renewables  energy 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Non, le pic de pollution n’est pas venu des centrales à charbon allemandes
Le terme PM10 désigne la taille des particules (un diamètre de 10 µm, soit 10 millièmes de millimètre, ou moins). Ces dernières sont considérées comme particulièrement néfastes pour la santé à forte concentration. Or, il existe différents types de particules PM10. Il est donc possible d’avoir des indications sur leur origine en fonction de leur composition.

C’est ce qu’a fait l’institut de mesure de la qualité de l’air pour le pic de pollution de début décembre : « Les centrales thermiques produisent des particules soufrées, explique Karine Léger, porte-parole d’Airparif. Or, il y en avait très peu pendant cet épisode de pollution, seulement des traces. »

A l’inverse, d’autres marqueurs relatifs à d’autres types de pollution ont été observés pendant le pic de pollution. C’est notamment à partir de cette base que les experts ont pu affirmer que la grande majorité de la pollution n’était pas d’origine industrielle (Allemagne comprise), mais issue du trafic routier et du chauffage au bois.
airpollution  air_quality  france  germany  driving 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
E.ON completes explosive ordnance disposal in the Baltic Sea for Arkona project - E.ON SE
The Arkona project is located 35 kilometers northeast of the island of Rügen. The wind farm will generate 385 megawatts (MW) of power which computes as a supply of renewable energy for 400,000 households. Compared with conventionally generated electricity, Arkona will save up to 1.2 million tons of CO2 per year. 60 6-MW wind turbines manufactured by Siemens will be installed. The plants will be built on monopile foundations in water depths from 23 up to 37 meters
renewables  energy  germany 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The shift in media’s business model played a critical role in Trump's victory
Demands for immediacy and unbundling changing media environment profoundly.
"In the post-fact society that is now ours, accuracy doesn’t weigh much. Only noise matters."
journalism  news  socialmedia  newspapers  france  eu  germany 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
The European Blackout Risk | Energy Matters
At 2000 hours Central European Time on February 8, 2012 combined electricity demand in the UK, France and Germany peaked at a high of 231GW during a winter cold snap. This caused no serious problems at the time, but the UK, France and Germany could have a combined total of as little as 210GW of capacity on-line this winter, and if another 231GW demand peak coincides with 210GW of available capacity the alternatives will be either large-scale “demand side” management (i.e. paying lots of industries and businesses to shut down) or blackouts.

In this post we will look at how these conclusions were arrived at and also at some of the uncertainties that make it so hard to predict blackout risks. The chief uncertainties in this case are a) how cold might it get, b) will the wind be blowing when and if it does get cold, c) how much of the French nuclear fleet will be down for inspection at the time and d) how many French households will turn their electric heaters up to “high”, as many of them did in 2012.
energy  europe  france  germany  uk  renewables  nukes 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
After three years of Linux, Munich reveals draft of crunch report that could decide its open source future - TechRepublic
A German city that undertook one of the world's largest shifts from Windows to Linux is struggling with buggy and outdated software.

Munich city council spent years migrating more than 15,000 staff to LiMux, a custom-version of Ubuntu, and other open-source software - a move the city said had saved it more than €10m ($11m). Microsoft's attempts to avoid such a high-profile shift by Germany's third-largest city saw the then CEO Steve Ballmer fly to Munich in 2003 to meet with the mayor at the time.

However, questions were raised over the future of LiMux at the city in 2014, when, soon after his election, the new mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter announced he would commission a report to evaluate how IT should be run at council in future — including whether the authority should continue to run LiMux.
linux  politics  germany  attention  work  software  freesoftware 
august 2016 by juliusbeezer
CDU Gets Donation From BMW Owners During CO2 Talks - SPIEGEL ONLINE
After months of forceful lobbying from Germany, the ministers from the 28 EU member states agreed to reopen a deal sealed in June. German carmakers Daimler and BMW produce heavier vehicles that consume more fuel than vehicles made by firms such as Italy's Fiat. That means they would find it harder to meet a proposed EU cap on carbon emissions of 95 grams per kilometer for all new cars from 2020, analysts say.
driving  eu  germany  pollution 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
we'll explain it by a practical example. I've got this 'poem' here, it's named „abusive criticism“. May we have a Turkish styled version of a song by Nena? And may we have a Turkish flag in the background? Fine! What comes next would be illegal?

Kabelka: „Would be illegal.“

Böhmermann: This would be considered illegal. The 'poem' is named „abusive criticism“: „Sod-dumb, cowardly and hesitant/ Is Erdogan the President/ His boner smells like Döner/ Even a pig's fart smells finer/ He's the man who punches girls/ while wearing a bloody rubber mask/ Things he loves the most/ is shagging goats/ and oppressing minorities This kind of criticism would be illegal! Kicking Kurds, beating up Christians/ while watching child porn/ And in the evening instead of a nap/ Fellatio with a hundred sheep/ Erdogan is all things considered/ a President with a tiny wang/ I repeat this is an example of what would be illegal!

Kabelka: „One would not be allowed to say that“

Böhmermann: Every Turk can be heard whispering:/ This dumb pig has got shrivel-balls/ From Ankara to Istanbul/ Everyone knows this man is gay/ perverted and zoophil/ Recep Fritzl Priklopil/ His head as empty as his balls/ the star guest on every gang-bang party/ until his tiny wang starts to burn while having a piss/ That's Reccep Erdogan“ This is what would NOT be legal by freedom of arts! Hey, don't applaud! What would happen next?

Kabelka: „It would be withdrawn from the mediathek, f.i..“
freedom  art  poetry  politics  germany  humanrights 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Panama Papers: Have the media censored the story? - Al Jazeera English
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism, a non-profit group in the US, coordinated the reporting with 376 journalists from 109 news organisations and 76 countries poring over the files.

Such multi-newsroom collaborations are growing more common in an age of big data leaks, partly because newsrooms are shrinking while the influential players they are trying to hold accountable are growing in size, power and complexity.

But despite the success of the collaboration, the select group of media organisations that had access to the data have been criticised for how they tackled the story.

One of the main criticisms has been the way they went after wealthy business figures and some political leaders while largely shying away from the corporate side of the story that has enabled trillions of dollars, euros, pounds and rubles to be hidden offshore.

This has in turn raised a larger question: can the corporate-owned news media really be expected to hold the corporate world to account?
journalism  wikileaks  assange  socialmedia  privacy  germany  PanamaPapers 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Can Matteo Renzi Save Europe from Austerity?
The prime minister’s optimism, though infectious, is not altogether convincing. French President Hollande came into office with solid majorities in both the National Assembly and Senate, his party in control of the lion’s share of French regional governments, and Article 49-3 of the French constitution, which usually allows a president to have his way with parliament whenever he dares to invoke it. Hollande’s reform efforts have nevertheless been timid and halting. A Renzi in firm control of his majority might well prove a less hesitant leader than Hollande, but Hollande has been stymied not simply by want of boldness but also by the balance of power in a Europe dominated by Germany and subject to intimidation by foreign investors.
france  politics  eu  germany  italy  economics 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
The real problem with linguistic shirkers | Language on the Move
those who point the finger at migrant language shirkers vastly underestimate the effort involved in language learning. The consensus in applied linguistics is that language learning takes a long time and that the precise duration and final outcome as measured in proficiency level are almost impossible to predict as they depend on many factors, most of which are outside of the control of an individual language learner, such as age, level of education, aptitude, teaching program, language proximity or access to interactional opportunities.

Language learning is not at all a simple task and most people readily forget that it takes about twelve years to learn your first language. The first five or six years from birth are devoted to acquiring oral fluency and then another six years or so are needed to learn how to read and write, to acquire the academic and textual conventions of a language and also to extend grammatical structures, expand vocabulary and refine pragmatic conventions.
language  learning  immigration  germany  London  exclusion 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Incident à Fessenheim : les média allemands mieux informés que les média français ? | Michèle Rivasi
L’omerta sur le nucléaire français a souvent été considérée comme un fantasme d’écologiste pour les pro-nucléaires en France. Il semble malheureusement que la vérité soit tout autre selon une enquête de la Süddeutsche Zeitung et du WDR (West Deutscher Rundfunk) qui évoque une série de défaillances techniques graves et une minimisation d’un incident intervenu en Avril 2014 à la centrale de Fessenheim. Une révélation qui intervient alors même que le Président de l’Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire française rappelait hier dans un entretien à Libération qu’un accident majeur de type Fukushima en Europe n’est pas à exclure.
nukes  france  agnotology  journalism  germany 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
Germany's electricity will be 33% Renewable in 2015
On July 25, 2015, Germany obtained 78% of its’ electricity from renewable sources. That was a new record, albeit for a single day. Up until now, the European leader has not produced more than 27% green energy in a year. According to a joint press release from the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden – Württemberg ( ZSW ) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries ( BDEW ), Germany’s electricity will be 33% Renewable in 2015...
Germany is expected to produce around 193 billion kilowatt hours (billion kWh) of electricity from solar, wind and other renewable sources. That’s about one fifth more than the 161 billion kWh, or 27% of gross electricity consumption, in 2014.
renewables  germany  energy 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Volkswagen’s threat to the German model -
the German economic model. It has been over-reliant on the car industry, just as the car industry has been over-reliant on diesel technology....
To gauge the wider economic impact, one needs a sense of the size of the industry. It is much larger than official statistics suggest because they do not account for the interdependencies across industries. The car industry is by far the largest single buyer of goods and services from other sectors. According to a study published in 2008 by the University of Mannheim, the car industry accounted for 7.7 per cent of gross value-added for the whole of Germany in 2004 — the highest percentage of any country in the world.
driving  environment  pollution  germany  economics 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
The NSA and American Spies Targeted SPIEGEL - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Germany's highest court ruled in 2007 that press freedom is a "constituent part of a free and democratic order." The court held that reporting can no longer be considered free if it entails a risk that journalists will be spied on during their reporting and that the federal government will be informed of the people they speak to.

"Freedom of the press also offers protection from the intrusion of the state in the confidentiality of the editorial process as well as the relationship of confidentiality between the media and its informants," the court wrote in its ruling. Freedom of the press also provides special protection to the "the secrecy of sources of information and the relationship of confidentiality between the press, including broadcasters, and the source."
journalism  freedom  surveillance  privacy  assange  wikileaks  us  germany 
july 2015 by juliusbeezer
Anti-Greek media propaganda will come back to haunt Germany – A dire warning from 2011 | Real-World Economics Review Blog
“The Greeks are very well aware of the antagonistic articles in the German media. If the mood in the country turns, old claims for reparations could be raised, from other European nations as well. And if Germany ever had to honor them, we would all be taken to the cleaners. If we follow public opinion here with its cheap propaganda and not wanting to pay, then eventually the old bills will be presented again. (This is a very mild translation, the German version is: Wenn wir hier der Stimmungsmache folgen und den dicken Emil geben, der die Zigarre pafft und nicht zahlen will, …: My own translation: If we follow the cheap propaganda and play the bully puffing his cigar and not wanting to pay, …)”

It is ironic that this warning has been aired in a medium that has recently put itself at the top of those who are bashing the Greek government and its people, to the point of declaring them mentally insane
greece  germany  finance  economics 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
Plan Outlines Low-Carbon Future for Germany -
“It is economically to our advantage to move as quickly as possible to a system of 80 percent renewable energy,” Professor Weber said during an interview.

“Our researchers have shown that the cost of this transformation of the entire energy system — not just electricity — would be the same as today’s system to run; but the needed investments would cost less than what would be saved by spending far less on fossil fuels,” Professor Weber said.

“Our estimate is that the changeover will cost about 500 billion euros,” or about $628 billion, he said. “However, between now and 2050 we will realize savings of between €600 billion and €1,000 billion. These are savings on the total energy system, including fossil fuels and the distribution system.”
climatechange  energy  germany 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
The German war against the link — BuzzMachine
Half the major publishers in Germany have started a process of arbitration — which, no doubt, will lead to suits — to demand that Google pay them for quoting from and thus linking to their content. And now we know how much they think they deserve: 11% of Google’s revenue related to their snippets. From their government filing, they want a cut of “gross sales, including foreign sales” that come “directly and indirectly from making excerpts from online newspapers and magazines public.” [All these links are in German.]

Their demands are as absurd as they are cynical and dangerous. First, of course, Google is sending the publishers plenty of value as well. That is, Google is sending the publishers us: readers, customers, the public these news organizations allegedly want to serve.
news  google  germany 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Key To Germany's Solar Potential Is Energy Storage
Between 1 pm and 2 pm on Friday, June 6, Germany’s solar photovoltaic systems generated a record 24.24 GW. The real peak came three days later, when they provided 50.6% of the nation’s electricity, which shows solar technology’s potential. The current reality is that solar contributed only 6% of the nation’s electricity during the first five months of 2014, but this will change.
energy  renewables  germany 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, the Nazis and “Road Safety” | Road Danger Reduction Forum
Everybody has seen pictures of Hitler in Daimler-Benz cars, and obviously the company functioned under the Nazis. However, the company history that was put out in 1986 for the 100th anniversary of the first Daimler and Benz cars gave the official line was that ”Daimler-Benz supported the National Socialist regime only to an unavoidable extent for a company of its importance.” No research was permitted in the company’s archives about the labor force during the Nazi period. And there was a lot more to it than the official line suggested.
road_safety  history  germany 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
German Self Publishing, Where Innovation Meets Angst | Publishing Perspectives
German risk aversion is not a myth. It seems most players in book publishing simply tried to avoid digitization, and some are still trying to. German publishers have been inflexible in their dealings with e-book contracts and slow to digitize at all, which accounts for the German language’s narrow e-book selection. Fear of embracing customer-oriented digital products, for example by not applying hard DRM (encryption making the work accessible only to the owner, often creating problems when users have multiple devices), and anxiety about giving away control and embracing social media are widespread. The truth is, I’ve heard of companies where the managing director approves tweets before they are sent.
ebooks  publishing  germany  twitter 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Why is Europe shooting itself in the foot over renewables? | EurActiv
PWR ran a number of discounted cash flows for the € 2.2 billion Gode 1 & 2 offshore WFs (in the German sector of the North Sea). An arbitrary €60 per MWHr was selected for the sale price of electricity. A capacity factor of 50% was selected based on the performance of Alpha Ventus and assorted Danish North Sea WFs. A discount rate of 2.5% returned an IRR of 4.5% and an NPV of €400m. This represents a good investment - if it could be financed at 2.5%.
renewables  energy  finance  economics  germany 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Germany rethinks after rush to adopt Bologna reforms | News | Times Higher Education
the German switch to shorter degree programmes in 2006 had been rushed, often resulting in badly designed courses. “Professors simply put everything that was in a four- or five-year degree into the new BA degree,” he said...
The review also found Germany was “performing badly” in its acceptance of the European Credit Transfer Scheme, which is used on less than 75 per cent of teaching programmes.
education  eu  germany 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin has lost the plot, says German chancellor | World news |
Hague was meeting the new Ukrainian leadership in Kiev. He stressed he could not foresee a satisfactory outcome that left Crimea annexed once again by Russia.

He added: "Be in no doubt, there will be consequences. The world cannot say it is OK to violate the sovereignty of other nations." The costs would be imposed unless the Russians respect the sovereignty of Ukraine, he said.

"This clearly is a violation of the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. If Russia continues on this course we have to be clear this is not an acceptable way to conduct international relations."

HA HA HA HA you plonker
iraq  russia  politics  germany 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer

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