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11.   The German Council of Economic Experts Urges Further Reforms (November 13, 2002)
In order to boost the momentum for neoliberal reform, the German Council of Economic Experts proposed a twenty-point program for “employment and growth” in its annual report for 2002-03. It advocated....
12.   Chancellor Gerhard Schröder Introduces "Agenda 2010" (March 14, 2003)
In a dramatic presentation of his government’s program, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder called for courage to reshape the welfare state through structural reforms....
13.   Popular Outrage against Cuts in Unemployment Benefits (August 9, 2004)
A team of journalists describes the surprising surge of protest and popular outrage against the government-sponsored Hartz Commission and its recommended cuts to unemployment benefits. The public....
14.   Unemployment Reaches an All-Time High of over Five Million Jobless (March 1, 2005)
Under the Hartz IV reform, employable welfare recipients were counted among the registered unemployed for the first time. This change drove the unemployment level to over five million, leaving the....
15.   Chancellor Angela Merkel Defends her Gradual Approach to Reforms (November 27, 2006)
A year after her election, Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a speech at the CDU’s Dresden party congress. She defended her decision to take a slow approach....
16.   Critical Endorsement of the German Rescue Package (October 13, 2008)
When the Grand Coalition could no longer resist international pressure and mounting domestic concerns over some German banks, it reluctantly passed a 470-billion-Euro rescue package to save the financial....
17.   Decline in Unemployment Figures (1991-2009)
Moderate welfare reforms and other factors led to an economic rebound in the middle of the first decade of the 21st century. The resumption of economic growth resulted in a noticeable decline in....
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