Economists such as DIW head Marcel Fratzscher are vocal critics of inequality in Germany, the EU nation that is currently most successful politically and economically.
Greece's once record jobless rate of 27 percent may have dropped seven points since the start of the financial crisis, but nearly six in 10 people are stuck in a market dominated by part-time, on-and-off jobs.
France cannot enact pro-European reforms without Germany's involvement, the French president said after meeting with the German chancellor. Macron urged Germany's SPD to move forward with another Merkel-led coalition.
The number of jobless Germans rose slightly in December compared with the previous month. But on an annual basis there have never been more people employed in Europe's biggest economy in the past 27 years.
Germany's official statistics show unemployment at its lowest level since 1992. But the numbers are misleading, according to labor economist Heinz-Josef Bontrup. Real unemployment is much higher. Here's how it works.
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