Now that a minimum wage is becoming a reality in Germany, some firms are worried they will have to raise prices and maybe let go of employees. Cleanteam Laundry in Berlin hopes to keep its customers.
Germany's socialist Left party is the biggest of the "small parties" represented in the Bundestag - but the least likely to be part of a governing coalition. So what are the others so afraid of?
Workers and activists have marked May Day around the world with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and labor conditions. During far-right protests in the German town of Apolda, police arrested 100 people.
Economically weak municipalities in Germany's Ruhr region hope to raise property values in problematic neighborhoods by tearing down junk buildings. The local state government is putting up 30 million euros for project.
Numbers from a forthcoming government study indicate that more and more Germans are either very rich or very poor. Are the state's income equity programs failing its citizens, or are new solutions needed?
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