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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 ]

Berlin Summit: Merkel Tackles Youth Unemployment

Berlin Summit: Merkel Tackles Youth Unemployment

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 03, 2013

Youth unemployment has emerged as one of the most dramatic results of the ongoing economic crisis in Europe. Chancellor Merkel has invited EU leaders to Berlin on Wednesday to discuss the issue. But critics say that more money must be made available to fight the problem. more... Comment ]

Brain Gain: Immigrants Often Better Educated than Germans

Brain Gain: Immigrants Often Better Educated than Germans

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 24, 2013

From Spanish engineers to Indian IT specialists, highly qualified foreigners are streaming into Germany in increasing numbers. According to a new study, their level of education has soared above the German average, contradicting still-prevalent stereotypes about immigrants. more... Comment ]

Cowboys on the Rhine: US Firms Flout German Labor Practices

Cowboys on the Rhine: US Firms Flout German Labor Practices

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 20, 2013

Last week workers walked out in protest at Amazon's two largest distribution centers in Germany. The online retail giant is one of several US companies to butt heads with employees in the country over corporate practices that chafe against German labor laws. By Janko Tietz more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'All Will Profit from New Wave of Immigrants'

World from Berlin: 'All Will Profit from New Wave of Immigrants'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2013

This week, Germany announced it received more immigrants in 2012 than it has in almost two decades. Yet rather than sounding the alarm, newspaper commentators are welcoming the trend. Most of the newcomers are well-educated and come from other countries in Europe. more... Comment ]

Germany's Working Poor: More Low-Wage Earners Dependent on Welfare

Germany's Working Poor: More Low-Wage Earners Dependent on Welfare

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 08, 2013

Germany's low unemployment rate is the envy of much of Europe. Yet it masks the difficulties many working Germans have in making ends meet and their reliance on welfare benefits. The issue could become important as the election campaign heats up. more... Comment ]