A welfare report says nearly 16 percent of the German population is at risk of poverty. A single parent with one child earning less than 1,225 euros per month is considered poor. DW met up with a family in Berlin struggling to make ends meet.
A homeless man in Nuremberg has been injured after being tipped from a paper recycling container into a garbage truck. The incident highlights a growing problem in Germany.
Germany has a booming economy but most Germans are not particularly wealthy. Hans-Böckler-Stiftung says that the danger of poverty in Germany is comparatively high and measures should be taken to avoid a crisis.
A recovery in the labor market has reduced poverty and improved social justice across the EU, according to the Bertelsmann Foundation. But the gap between northern and southern countries remains wide.
About 20 percent of people in Germany are threatened by poverty and other forms of social exclusion. According to EU statistics, close to a quarter of the bloc's residents faced such precarious conditions in 2016.
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