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The southwestern city of Trier threw a big party for its "great son," Karl Marx, on what would have been the philosopher's 200th birthday. The unveiling of a gigantic bronze statue downtown – a gift from communist China – caused protests by those who said the hundreds of events organized in Trier improperly glorified the writer of the Communist Manifesto. Source:
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Berliners were out in full force enjoying the early onslaught of warm summer weather over the weekend. Public green spaces such as the one beside Berlin Cathedral, pictured here, were full of picknickers and kids playing. According to the German Weather Service, last month was the warmest April on the record books with a daily average of 12.4 degrees Celsius. Source:
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Feel the pinch
No other European country is more in danger of a skilled labor shortage than Germany. According to a new report from the Institute for Employment Research, the number of vacancies in Germany went up to a record high of 1.2 million in the first quarter of 2018. Most of these jobs require specialized training or education. If the situation carries on, it could mean hundreds of billions lost by companies unable to meet demand.
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Berlin is budget
Berlin is still "poor but sexy" at least when it comes to overnight hotel stays. Although Berlin is the German capital, it's not much of a center for industry – so visitors can often get good deals on accommodation, especially with a glut of high-end hotels recently opening in the city.