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  •  I'm going to hazard a thought... (2+ / 0-)
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    Democrats Ramshield, Don midwest

    ... DER SPIEGEL is written by Germans for Germans, presumably to educate them about America, because if the Germans are like the French I've met, they have no clues as to what the US is really like.

    Honestly, if I had a euro for each time I had to explain the US healthcare system (or lack thereof) to an incredulous French person, I'd have, well, well over 50 euros by now.

    Even college-educated French folks who have been to America on vacation have little idea how things really are when you live and work there.

    The french media here don't seem to care about educating their public about the US: even the recent US Presidential election was covered in what I thought was a very sketchy and approximate fashion.

    So I'm not going to attack SPIEGEL for doing a better job at it.

    OVER HERE: AN AMERICAN EXPAT IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, is now available on Amazon US

    by Lupin on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 02:48:49 AM PST

    •  To Lupin why do think there is a lack of media (1+ / 0-)
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      Don midwest

      interest in France about us matters? Thanks for posting!

      sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

      by Democrats Ramshield on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 02:57:33 AM PST

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      •  I'm not sure there is... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... a "lack of interest" here; it may well be that it's the German who are overly interested.

        OVER HERE: AN AMERICAN EXPAT IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, is now available on Amazon US

        by Lupin on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 03:50:25 AM PST

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        •  To Lupin Hmmmm interesting! :-) (0+ / 0-)

          sig...You just ran into a hardcore progressive who's just another working stiff with an MBA degree & therefore a vociferous labor union supporter [smile]

          by Democrats Ramshield on Tue Nov 27, 2012 at 04:16:02 AM PST

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          •  Just read this report from Der Spiegel (0+ / 0-)
            They found that in most large cities, as in the entire country, the portion of welfare recipients has decreased. However at the same time, the poverty rate in cities has risen markedly in recent years -- from 17.5 percent in 2005 to 19.6 percent in 2011, well above the national average. They also found that between a fifth and a quarter of all people living below the poverty line reside in six cities: Liepzig, Dortmund, Duisburg, Hanover, Bremen and Berlin.

            Poverty appears to be on a steep rise in some German cities, the study said, noting that it was especially disconcerting that this has happened even while unemployment has gone down. It suggested that the growth of low-wage jobs in a country with no national minimum wage could explain the disconnect -- pointing specifically to the fact that some of these jobs disqualify the employee from welfare benefits even though they don't pay a living wage.

            Urban Poverty on the rise in Germany

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