Germany, with a French touch

JH, January 29, 2013

Mainly about Germany, mostly in French...some entries are in English, for most of them you will at least find the key words in English. Thank you for your understanding, and for your comments! Read more

Young people join trade unions

JH, January 24, 2013

German trade unions (about 18% of the work force) have a stronger legitimacy than their French counterparts (8%), and both have been suffering from the steady age increase of their members. It seems as if... Read more

What does Germany think about Europe?

JH, January 22, 2013

Our book on the complex German debate on Europe is hot off the press in French, and this is what it looks like:  New introduction, new chapter on the constitutional court and many updates. English... Read more

New bosses for Germany’s industrial lobbies

Jacqueline Hénard, January 07, 2013

At the outset of a year that will be dominated by electoral debates, Ulrich Grillo, 53, took over the presidency of the BDI, Germany's powerful industrial lobby (here's the link to his company website, in English), As... Read more

CDU discreetly votes for more diversity among its leaders

JH, January 06, 2013

How do German parties deal with cultural diversity? Well, the CDU is doing amazingly well. In spite of their christian-democratic origins, the party delegates voted massively for an opening of leadership positions to young politicians... Read more

How to count in French

Jacqueline Hénard , September 23, 2012

Lunch with an entrepreneur from Bavaria. H., who must be in his late sixties, has spent his lifetime building a company that is now run by his son, H. himself focussing on what he considers... Read more

Herzlich willkommen!

Jacqueline Hénard, September 19, 2012

About ten years ago, I was first asked to explain German mentalities to French businessmen. A bank had run into difficulties with their German partners, and they could not understand why. The HR division set... Read more