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Just when he’s left the FT concludes that Schroder’s labour market reforms are in fact working. It is perhaps worth bearing in mind that although the German economy is producing a lot of jobs, a very high proportion of these are temporary.

Controversial labour market reforms introduced in Germany by Gerhard Schröder in 2004 are showing results, according to data published less than a week after he stood down as chancellor…..The state-run BA employment service in Nüremberg said the total number of job placements by employment offices across Germany would exceed 1m this year, an increase from 496,000 in 2004. The average length of unemployment had fallen from 22 months a year ago to about 21 months today – a downward trend that was set to continue next year.

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About Edward Hugh

Edward 'the bonobo is a Catalan economist of British extraction. After being born, brought-up and educated in the United Kingdom, Edward subsequently settled in Barcelona where he has now lived for over 15 years. As a consequence Edward considers himself to be "Catalan by adoption". He has also to some extent been "adopted by Catalonia", since throughout the current economic crisis he has been a constant voice on TV, radio and in the press arguing in favor of the need for some kind of internal devaluation if Spain wants to stay inside the Euro. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. All of which has lead him to ask himself whether Thomas Wolfe was not in fact right when he asserted that the fact of the matter is "you can never go home again".