Anja has been scrub­bing floors and washing dishes for two euros an hour over the past six years. She is bewil­dered when she sees news­pa­pers hailing Germany’s “job miracle.”

“My company exploited me,” says the 50-year-old, sitting in the kitchen of her small flat in the eastern German town of Stralsund. “If I could find somet­hing else, I’d be long gone.”

Stralsund is an attra­ctive seaside town but Anja, who preferred not to use her full name for fear of being fired, cannot afford the quaint cafes.

via Insight: The dark side of Germany’s jobs miracle | Reuters.


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