Victim of Its Own Success: German Jobs Program for Southern Europeans Falls Short

Victim of Its Own Success: German Jobs Program for Southern Europeans Falls Short

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2014

When Germany announced a program to attract jobless young adults from Southern Europe, they had no idea how high demand would be. Funding has temporarily run out for travel, training and language learning subsidies. By Markus Dettmer and Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Beggars, Inc.: Romanians Duped into Panhandling in Germany

Beggars, Inc.: Romanians Duped into Panhandling in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 28, 2014

A Romanian family in Hamburg has made a business out of luring compatriots to Germany and promising them jobs and better lives. Instead, they are coerced under highly dubious circumstances into becoming beggars for the "employer". By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

Benefits for EU Migrants: Brussels Warns Germany against Populism

Benefits for EU Migrants: Brussels Warns Germany against Populism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 30, 2014

Officials in Brussels have been highly critical of a German provision that limits access by EU nationals to its unemployment benefits. In an interview, EU Commissioner László Andor criticizes "unscrupulous politicians" seeking to foment populism. Interview by Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Labor Market: Does Germany Benefit from Balkan Immigrants?

Labor Market: Does Germany Benefit from Balkan Immigrants?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2014

A debate over whether Germany profits from Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants has flared up since the EU opened its labor market to these workers. Statisticians are struggling to come up with conclusive evidence on either side of the argument. By Andreas Ulrich more... Comment ]

Coalition Row: Merkel Tries to Defuse 'Poverty Immigration' Debate

Coalition Row: Merkel Tries to Defuse 'Poverty Immigration' Debate

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 03, 2014

The debate over "poverty migration" to Germany has escalated inside Chancellor Merkel's governing coalition this week, prompting her to step in and seek to calm fears as Bulgarians and Romanians gain access to the European labor market. more... Comment ]

No Training, No Work: Unemployment Rising Despite More Jobs

No Training, No Work: Unemployment Rising Despite More Jobs

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 06, 2013

Although there are more jobs than ever before, unemployment continues to rise in Germany. Many long-term unemployed are looking for work again, but their lack of qualifications means they hardly stand a chance in a highly specialized industrial society. By Markus Dettmer and Kristiana Ludwig more... Comment ]

Lost in Germany: Spanish Jobseekers Lured on False Pretenses

Lost in Germany: Spanish Jobseekers Lured on False Pretenses

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 11, 2013

They were promised new jobs in Germany -- but their hopes have now been quashed. Nearly 130 would-be Spanish workers are stranded in Erfurt after private employment agencies apparently failed to follow through. By Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Daughters for Sale: India's Child Slavery Scourge

Daughters for Sale: India's Child Slavery Scourge

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2013

Millions of Indian children work as slaves in factories, brothels or in the homes of families. Out of poverty and desperation, parents sell their daughters, and human traffickers wait at train stations for runaways and scour for orphans in monsoon-ravaged villages. By Anne Backhaus more... Video | Comment ]

Taking Flight: Emirates Taps Germany for New Recruits

Taking Flight: Emirates Taps Germany for New Recruits

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 18, 2013

Dubai-based airline Emirates is recruiting in Germany -- and embarrassing rival Lufthansa in the process. While the flagship German airline can scarcely afford to make new hires, Emirates can hardly train them fast enough. By Dinah Deckstein and Ann-Kathrin Nezik more... Comment ]

Living Offline: Minister Halts After-Hours Contact for Staff

Living Offline: Minister Halts After-Hours Contact for Staff

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2013

To prevent burnout among its employees, the German Labor Ministry is introducing new rules that severely restrict when they can be contacted outside of working hours. It hopes German industry will follow suit. more... Comment ]