President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address has received a mixed batch of reviews from opposition groups.
South African political parties need to explore new dimensions in their communication with their audience.
The costs of a new financial stimulus plan and a slumping economy will cause Germany's budget deficit to hit a record in 2009, a top lawmaker said.
The view from Hans-Joachim Sommer's office window is as wintry as you can get on a spring morning: a few stunted fir trees, a wire fence and the blank grey of a Baltic sky. His conversation is as bleak. "The teenagers here are all highly criminal," said the 47-year-old former sports teacher. "Their problems are very complex."