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Germans Worry Over Cuts in Standard of Living

Sindelfingen became known as the richest town in Germany after local officials installed Italian marble cobblestones for the white stripes in downtown crosswalks.
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Sindelfingen became known as the richest town in Germany after local officials installed Italian marble cobblestones for the white stripes in downtown crosswalks.
After more than a decade of tight budgets, some of that marble is cracked and covered with asphalt.
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After more than a decade of tight budgets, some of that marble is cracked and covered with asphalt.

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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International Correspondent Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem as part of NPR's Mideast team. Her post covers news related to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She began this role in March of 2013.