10 years ago Germany began a historic overhaul of the country's welfare and labor laws. Known as Agenda 2010, it polarised the nation to this day.
Germany's sweeping social reform package Agenda 2010 helped slash unemployment rates but meant drastic changes for the unemployed. Over a decade since it was introduced, the reforms continue to divide the country.
Not only are low-wage jobs still being affected by Germany's "Agenda 2010" labor reforms. Highly-qualified workers are also being negatively impacted. Will the September election change anything?
SPD candidate Martin Schulz has proposed a roll-back of the signature labor reforms introduced by the last SPD chancellor, Gerhard Schröder. The move "opens the window wider" for a center-left coalition, some say.
To understand German politics, it helps to understand "Hartz IV," a controversial welfare benefits and unemployment insurance reform introduced in 2003 by a coalition government led by the Social Democratic Party (SPD).
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