Professions are changing dramatically thanks to digital technology. In many areas, Germany is lagging behind – in others, it's playing a pioneering role.
The German government has lowered its forecasts for growth this year and next due to an increasingly tight labor market and risks associated with Britain's exit from the European Union and global trade disputes.
A detailed study of competitiveness in the global economy ranks the US top of the 140 countries included. The report suggests that few governments have begun to plan for the impact of the fourth industrial revolution.
It seems like bad news is springing up from many major economies. Although it's too early to talk of a doomsday scenario, the risks should no longer be ignored, says DW's Henrik Böhme.
If you need a skilled tradesperson in Germany you may have to wait a long time, because while the sector is growing there is a shortage of workers. Refugees may be one solution to the problem.
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