Skilled craftsmen and women are in short supply in Germany, partly because the work isn't considered cool by young people. Businesses are over-stretched. DW meets father and son roofers in Westphalia who are taking matters into their own hands.
The rail system in Germany isn't perfect, but it definitely connects people throughout the country — not only geographically, but also as a topic of conversation familiar enough for everyone to join in on.
If punctuality is a German virtue, Deutsche Bahn seems to be showing a lack of character. In 2018, one in four trains run by Germany's state-owned rail operator was late. And it is costing the company dearly.
Spray cans exploded aboard a train headed towards Bonn after freight cars caught fire. Around 60 people needed to be removed from nearby homes as firefighters put out the flames.
Germany’s rail network will get a facelift this year, with some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) of track to be upgraded. The project aims to tackle punctuality issues, but there could be more delays as construction begins.
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