Germany is facing an alarming shortage of qualified nurses in the geriatric care sector. The Economics Ministry is trying to attract personnel from Vietnam to train as nurses.
German clinics pay a finder's fee of up to €15,000 for the provision of caregivers from the Western Balkans. A thriving business — which critics say sometimes borders on human trafficking.
The EU has said the trade agreement would be the most ambitious the bloc has ever negotiated with a developing country. However, authoritarian Vietnam will still have to improve its labor and social standards.
Environmental group Greenpeace has released a report saying 88% of meat in German supermarkets is of low quality. Follow-up rallies in several cities urged stores to remove cheap meat to help human and animal health.
Children still want to pursue traditional professions such as doctors, teachers, or police officers, according to a study. However, the authors note that these jobs may not exist in a future with more automation.
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