A new report by German charities says that more than 12 million people living in Germany are impoverished. These people have so little income that they live on the margins of society. Especially the number of needy pensioners has increased.
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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.
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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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