The Greek parliament has approved the first civil service layoffs in more than a century. The debt-troubled country has to slim down its bloated public sector to receive another tranche of its international bailout.
Nearly half the Greek workforce is unemployed or unpaid. Nikos Aivatzidis and Alexandra Tsitoura work at a firm that hasn't paid them in years. How do families like theirs survive in the EU's most depressed economy?
Civil servants in Greece have started a 48-hour strike directed mainly at the government's continued austerity course. Employees were seen to be unwilling to accept massive layoffs as planned by Athens.
German cabinet ministers have endorsed a draft bill to introduce a nationwide minimum wage. The government hopes the new rules will come into force in 2015.
Greece is borrowing money on financial markets - successfully. With a bit of cheek, says DW's Rolf Wenkel, you can obviously count on investors' greed just as much as on the European taxpayer.
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