A long-running demand of underpaid garment workers looks set to be met. The government has announced a hike in the country's minimum wage.
Western clothing brands benefit from low manufacturing costs in Eastern Europe, where laws are ignored and workers exploited. Local governments even support such industry practices.
Too much bureaucracy, too many regulations: Three years after its creation, the "Partnership for Sustainable Textiles" is losing members. But Germany's Development Ministry still stands by the alliance's ambitious aims.
Portugal's shoemakers have built a reputation for quality in an industry dominated by low-cost producers. As DW's Jochen Faget finds out, despite intense competition the production lines are still humming nicely.
Bangladeshi authorities have been accused of harassing and intimidating garment workers and their leaders following recent protests demanding a wage hike. Big fashion brands have pulled out of a major summit in protest.
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