An ageing population has the government worried about dwindling productivity and ballooning pension payments. It's urging businesses to hire more older people.
Hundreds of thousands of new jobs in Germany are being done by workers from Eastern Europe, according to government figures. Employment figures in July were 700,000 higher than in the previous year.
Russians aren't happy that the lower house of parliament has passed a bill backed by Vladimir Putin raising the retirement age. But while cries of protest filled the streets before, outrage has faded to resignation.
Protests over changes to the pension age in Russia have overshadowed elections for local and regional seats. The pension age would rise to 65 for men — an age 42 percent of Russian men are not expected to reach.
Thousands of Russians have protested across the country against government plans to raise the pension age. The rallies come despite concessions made by President Vladimir Putin earlier this week.
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