53 - Minimum wage starts, Merkel NYE speech, this week in history, Ulrich Beck and Studentenkarzer

The podcast starts off 2015 with all the most important news of the first week of January.

Did you know that Germany now has a national minimum wage that has gone into effect for the first time? Plus, if you missed it, find out what Chancellor Angela Merkel said to the nation in her annual New Year speech (see the video in full here [in German]).

In our new feature, we go back in time to a moment from German history.

We take a look at the life and accomplishments of renowned sociologist Ulrich Beck. And, in Destination Germany, learn all about what would happen if you found yourself in trouble for breaking school rules in the past.

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