Germans Worry Over Cuts in Standard of Living

Sindelfingen crosswalk

Sindelfingen became known as the richest town in Germany after local officials installed Italian marble cobblestones for the white stripes in downtown crosswalks. Emily Harris, NPR hide caption

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Crosswalk marble patched in asphalt

After more than a decade of tight budgets, some of that marble is cracked and covered with asphalt. Emily Harris, NPR hide caption

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In Sindelfingen, Germany, a slow economy weighs heavily on people's minds. Recent changes in many German workers' standard of living have included cuts in unemployment benefits and increased hours of work. NPR's Emily Harris reports.

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