Volunteers Wanted: Locals Help Save Germany's Shrinking Towns

Volunteers Wanted: Locals Help Save Germany's Shrinking Towns

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 01, 2013

While a graying population affects all of Germany, small rural towns have been hit the hardest. To counteract the demographic trend and make up for lacking resources, many communities are asking citizens to pitch in -- for free. By Sigrid Lupieri more... Comment ]

Alone by the Millions: Isolation Crisis Threatens German Seniors

Alone by the Millions: Isolation Crisis Threatens German Seniors

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2013

Communities have long worried about the physical safety of the elderly. But the swelling number of senior citizens living alone in Germany now has them scrambling to respond to even more pernicious threats: loneliness and isolation. By Guido Kleinhubbert and Antje Windmann more... Comment ]

Squeezed Out: Rocketing Rents Become Election Issue in Germany

Squeezed Out: Rocketing Rents Become Election Issue in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 02, 2013

The exploding costs and dwindling supply of urban housing are slowly pushing Germans of average means out of the cities. As September's national election approaches, politicians are jockeying to find viable solutions to a problem they helped create. By Horand Knaup, Alexander Neubacher and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]

Baby Blues: German Efforts to Improve Birthrate a Failure

Baby Blues: German Efforts to Improve Birthrate a Failure

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 18, 2012

Germany pumps billions of euros into efforts to increase the number of babies born in the country each year. A new report, however, says this has done little to ease the difficulty many Germans have in reconciling career and family. Plus, many no longer consider children a central part of life. more...

Germany or Bust: Southern European Jobseekers Head North in Droves

Germany or Bust: Southern European Jobseekers Head North in Droves

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2012

Economic crisis and mass unemployment in Southern Europe have triggered an exodus of highly qualified jobseekers, many of whom are making their way north to Germany. There, a relatively strong economy and growing shortage of skilled workers makes companies eager to ensure that the newcomers feel welcome. By Alexander Demling more...

Troubling Trend: Shrinking Population Triggers Explosion in Vacant Homes

Troubling Trend: Shrinking Population Triggers Explosion in Vacant Homes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 09, 2012

While home prices in Germany's urban areas are skyrocketing, the opposite trend can be seen in less densely settled regions. There, shrinking populations are creating housing surpluses and vacant homes in a trend that experts say will soon spread across the country as its population grows grayer. By Christian Tröster more...

Stemming the Tide: A New Wave of Stores Keep German Villages Alive

Stemming the Tide: A New Wave of Stores Keep German Villages Alive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2012

German villages are slowly dwindling and residents are suffering as they lose places to meet and shop within walking distance of their homes. Now concerned villagers are trying to stabilize bleeding populations by opening their own small community stores to keep village life alive. By Renuka Rayasam more...

'Trust No One Over 30!': Euro Crisis Morphs into Generational Conflict

'Trust No One Over 30!': Euro Crisis Morphs into Generational Conflict

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 09, 2012

People vs. banks, north vs. south, and rich vs. poor? While all of these conflicts may be real, one of the biggest issues of the euro crisis is rarely discussed: Older people are living at the expense of the young, and it's high time the next generation took to the streets to confront their parents. A Commentary By David Böcking more...

Living in the Moment: Dutch Village Offers Dignified Care for Dementia Sufferers

Living in the Moment: Dutch Village Offers Dignified Care for Dementia Sufferers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2012

A village in the Netherlands inhabited entirely by elderly people with dementia offers a new answer to how society can deal with its aging population. It's a world without yesterday or tomorrow where residents have far more freedom than they would be allowed in convalescent homes. By Barbara Hans in Amsterdam more...

Collision Course: Unrestricted Seniors Endanger German Roads

Collision Course: Unrestricted Seniors Endanger German Roads

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 23, 2012

The number of elderly German drivers is rising significantly, as is the accident risk for everyone who uses the country's roads. Experts recommend more consideration from other drivers and say seniors should be given regular tests. But as their constituencies age, lawmakers are resisting tougher regulations.  By Guido Kleinhubbert more...