Germany - Poverty report hints at inequality - February 29, 2016

In a joint report of several NGO’s it is revealed that, although the country is in a good economic shape, many people live in poverty. The average poverty rate is 15.4%. In nine of the federal states poverty decreased. But, the states with the largest population (Bavaria and Nord Rhine Westphalia) were confronted in 2014 with a poverty increase. Most at risk are singles with children, unemployed and pensioners. Observers call the inequality in wages one of the main causes: low wages are no longer connected to the general wage trend of the higher income group. Besides, capital income has become more important than wage labour.          

English: http://www.dw.com/en/massive-rich-poor-gap-in-german-society …   

German: http://www.zeit.de/wirtschaft/2016-02/armut-deutschland-2016-paritaetische …    

The Poverty 2016 report (in German): http://www.der-paritaetische.de/index …   

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