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 ]

Man vs. Machine: Are Any Jobs Safe from Innovation?

Man vs. Machine: Are Any Jobs Safe from Innovation?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 03, 2013

Past warnings about how technological innovation threatens jobs have proved exaggerated. Yet the digital revolution now has many scholars warning that this time things are different, and that the breakneck speed of automation could wreak havoc on the global labor market. By Thomas Schulz more... Comment ]

Europe's Moral Quandary: The High Human Price of Cheap T-Shirts

Europe's Moral Quandary: The High Human Price of Cheap T-Shirts

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 29, 2013

More than 3,000 people worked producing cheap t-shirts for European clothing chains in the highrise sweatshop that collapsed in Bangladesh last week. Hundreds died because the facility was lacking even the most basic safety standards. By Hasnain Kazim, Nils Klawitter and Wieland Wagner more... Comment ]

'Excessive': Strike Grounds Nearly All Lufthansa Flights

'Excessive': Strike Grounds Nearly All Lufthansa Flights

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 22, 2013

Lufthansa cancelled most of its flights on Monday due to a strike by ground and cabin crew aimed at pressuring the airline in an ongoing wage dispute. The German national carrier called the measure "excessive" and "unprecedented." more... Comment ]

Waiting in Pain: Migrant's Case†Highlights Modern Slavery in Germany

Waiting in Pain: Migrant's Case†Highlights Modern Slavery in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 17, 2013

Injured on the job, a Bulgarian migrant worker desperately needs surgery, but his official status as an independent contractor has allowed the companies involved to shirk responsibility. His case exposes a troubling gray area in Germany's labor market. By Matthias Bartsch and ÷zlem Gezer more... Comment ]

Broken Career Ladder: Parents†Regret Taking Leave for Kids

Broken Career Ladder: Parents†Regret Taking Leave for Kids

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 11, 2013

To what extent do careers suffer†when parents take leave to stay home with their children? According to a new survey by the German Family Ministry, nearly 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men regret going on parental leave because of the professional consequences. more... Comment ]