German labour office boss under fire over contract


BERLIN, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Florian Gerster, the head of Germany's Federal Labour Office, came under mounting pressure on Wednesday over a 1.3 million-euro ($1.53 million) public relations contract that was awarded without inviting tenders. Opposition lawmakers called for Gerster's resignation, accusing him of extravagance at a time when Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's ruling coalition of Social Democrats and Greens is moving to trim spending on jobless benefits and increase pressure on the ...

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