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CHINA-MARKETS/EGGFUTURES
RTX1MPIV
August 02, 2015
Zhang Xiongjie looks at a computer screen as he works at his office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, July...
Hangzhou, China
Zhang Xiongjie looks at a computer screen as he works at his office in Hangzhou
Zhang Xiongjie looks at a computer screen as he works at his office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, July 27, 2015. A decade ago Zhang was a teenage infantryman patrolling China's bleak border with North Korea. Now he stays in swanky hotels and drives a Mercedes Benz CLS - a remarkable rags-to-riches journey achieved in part by dominating one of the most obscure corners of China's unruly financial markets: egg futures. Picture taken July 27, 2015. To match Feature CHINA-MARKETS/EGGFUTURES REUTERS/Chance Chan
CHINA-MARKETS/EGGFUTURES
RTX1MPIU
August 02, 2015
Zhang Xiongjie looks at a computer screen as he works at his office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, July...
Hangzhou, China
Zhang Xiongjie looks at a computer screen as he works at his office in Hangzhou
Zhang Xiongjie looks at a computer screen as he works at his office in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, July 27, 2015. A decade ago Zhang was a teenage infantryman patrolling China's bleak border with North Korea. Now he stays in swanky hotels and drives a Mercedes Benz CLS - a remarkable rags-to-riches journey achieved in part by dominating one of the most obscure corners of China's unruly financial markets: egg futures. Picture taken July 27, 2015. To match Feature CHINA-MARKETS/EGGFUTURES REUTERS/Chance Chan
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0RW
December 07, 2014
A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city...
Mafraq, Jordan
A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city...
A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY POLITICS IMMIGRATION)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0RN
December 07, 2014
A worker carries goods at Tazweed Center at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq,...
Mafraq, Jordan
A worker carries goods at Tazweed Center at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq,...
A worker carries goods at Tazweed Center at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CIVIL UNREST)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0RL
December 07, 2014
Syrian children wait to carry customers' goods using wheelbarrows, in front of the Tazweed Center at...
Mafraq, Jordan
Syrian children wait to carry customers' goods using wheelbarrows, in front of the Tazweed Center at...
Syrian children wait to carry customers' goods using wheelbarrows, in front of the Tazweed Center at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0R5
December 07, 2014
Syrian refugees walk at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border...
Mafraq, Jordan
Syrian refugees walk at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border...
Syrian refugees walk at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0QZ
December 07, 2014
Syrian children hitch a ride from the back of a water tanker at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian...
Mafraq, Jordan
Syrian children hitch a ride from the back of a water tanker at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian...
Syrian children hitch a ride from the back of a water tanker at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0QT
December 07, 2014
Syrian refugees are seen at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border...
Mafraq, Jordan
Syrian refugees are seen at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border...
Syrian refugees are seen at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0QE
December 07, 2014
A Syrian girl washes clothes at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the...
Mafraq, Jordan
A Syrian girl washes clothes at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the...
A Syrian girl washes clothes at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMMIGRATION)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0PV
December 07, 2014
A Syrian refugee girl cries at a tent at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq,...
Mafraq, Jordan
A Syrian refugee girl cries at a tent at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq
A Syrian refugee girl cries at a tent at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CIVIL UNREST)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0PK
December 07, 2014
Syrian refugees leave after shopping with their humanitarian aid vouchers from a Tazweed Center at the...
Mafraq, Jordan
Syrian refugees leave after shopping with their humanitarian aid vouchers from a Tazweed Center at the...
Syrian refugees leave after shopping with their humanitarian aid vouchers from a Tazweed Center at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0P2
December 07, 2014
Syrian children wait to carry customers' goods with wheelbarrows in front of the Tazweed Center at the...
Mafraq, Jordan
Syrian children wait to carry customers' goods with wheelbarrows in front of the Tazweed Center at the...
Syrian children wait to carry customers' goods with wheelbarrows in front of the Tazweed Center at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0OQ
December 07, 2014
Syrian refugees play at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border...
Mafraq, Jordan
Syrian refugees play at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq
Syrian refugees play at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0OI
December 07, 2014
A Syrian refugee rides a bicycle, a popular means of transportation at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in...
Mafraq, Jordan
A Syrian refugee rides a bicycle, a popular means of transportation at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in...
A Syrian refugee rides a bicycle, a popular means of transportation at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0O6
December 07, 2014
Syrian refugees leave after shopping with their humanitarian aid vouchers from a Tazweed Center at Al-Zaatari...
Mafraq, Jordan
Syrian refugees leave after shopping with their humanitarian aid vouchers from a Tazweed Center at Al-Zaatari...
Syrian refugees leave after shopping with their humanitarian aid vouchers from a Tazweed Center at Al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST IMMIGRATION)
MIDEAST-CRISIS/FOOD
RTR4H0NS
December 07, 2014
Syrian refugees collect water at the al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the...
Mafraq, Jordan
Syrian refugees collect water at the al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the...
Syrian refugees collect water at the al-Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, December 7, 2014. A lack of funds has forced the United Nations to stop providing food vouchers for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on December 1. Suspension of the assistance programme comes as many vulnerable Syrian families enter their fourth bleak winter in difficult living conditions after fleeing a homeland racked by conflict since March 2011. REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)
PHOTOGRAPHERS-STORY/POY2014
RTR4FOXJ
November 26, 2014
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista,...
NAZARE PAULISTA, Brazil
RNPS - PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014 - PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY
An aerial view of the Atibainha dam, part of the Cantareira reservoir, during a drought in Nazare Paulista, Sao Paulo state in this November 18, 2014 file picture.

Words can't express what it feels like to view a landscape as bleak and disturbing as the one in this photo.

In the four years I've lived in Brazil I've seen many extraordinary and terrifying things, but the current drought surrounding Sao Paulo for the past nine months surpasses all. Without rain, the reservoirs that provide South America's largest city with water are at their lowest level in decades.
The World Cup and recent elections managed to distract the attention of the population away from the looming problem. They also seem to have kept the state's institutions busy with little attention paid to this pending disaster.

As I rode in the helicopter to take this and other aerial photos, it was only after landing and opening the image on a computer that I noticed the real message that of a woman in panic as in Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream." For me, this is Mother Nature screaming for help.
- Nacho Doce REUTERS/Nacho Doce (BRAZIL - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

ATTENTION EDITORS: THIS PICTURE IS PART OF THE PACKAGE 'PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2014 - THE PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY'. SEARCH 'PHOTOGRAPHERS' STORY' FOR ALL IMAGES'
SPAIN-ECONOMY/UNEMPLOYMENT
RTX17R2M
January 23, 2014
A man with a stroller and others enter a government-run employment office in Madrid January 23, 2014....
Madrid, Spain
A man with a stroller and others enter a government-run employment office in Madrid
A man with a stroller and others enter a government-run employment office in Madrid January 23, 2014. Spain's already high unemployment rate inched up in the fourth quarter in a bleak reminder of the challenges the country faces as it seeks to cement a fragile economic recovery. Even though 8,400 fewer people were out of work in the October to December compared with the previous quarter, the unemployment rate rose to 26.03 percent of the workforce, which shrank by 73,400 people to 22.65 million. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
SPAIN-ECONOMY/UNEMPLOYMENT
RTX17R2K
January 23, 2014
People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid January 23, 2014. Spain's already high unemployment...
Madrid, Spain
People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid
People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid January 23, 2014. Spain's already high unemployment rate inched up in the fourth quarter in a bleak reminder of the challenges the country faces as it seeks to cement a fragile economic recovery. Even though 8,400 fewer people were out of work in the October to December compared with the previous quarter, the unemployment rate rose to 26.03 percent of the workforce, which shrank by 73,400 people to 22.65 million. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
SPAIN-ECONOMY/UNEMPLOYMENT
RTX17R28
January 23, 2014
People wait in line in front of a government-run employment office in Madrid January 23, 2014. Spain's...
Madrid, Spain
People wait in line in front of a government-run employment office in Madrid
People wait in line in front of a government-run employment office in Madrid January 23, 2014. Spain's already high unemployment rate inched up in the fourth quarter in a bleak reminder of the challenges the country faces as it seeks to cement a fragile economic recovery. Even though 8,400 fewer people were out of work in the October to December compared with the previous quarter, the unemployment rate rose to 26.03 percent of the workforce, which shrank by 73,400 people to 22.65 million. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
SPAIN-ECONOMY/UNEMPLOYMENT
RTX17R22
January 23, 2014
People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid January 23, 2014. Spain's already high unemployment...
Madrid, Spain
People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid
People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid January 23, 2014. Spain's already high unemployment rate inched up in the fourth quarter in a bleak reminder of the challenges the country faces as it seeks to cement a fragile economic recovery. Even though 8,400 fewer people were out of work in the October to December compared with the previous quarter, the unemployment rate rose to 26.03 percent of the workforce, which shrank by 73,400 people to 22.65 million. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
SPAIN-ECONOMY/UNEMPLOYMENT
RTX17R20
January 23, 2014
People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid January 23, 2014. Spain's already high unemployment...
Madrid, Spain
People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid
People enter a government-run employment office in Madrid January 23, 2014. Spain's already high unemployment rate inched up in the fourth quarter in a bleak reminder of the challenges the country faces as it seeks to cement a fragile economic recovery. Even though 8,400 fewer people were out of work in the October to December compared with the previous quarter, the unemployment rate rose to 26.03 percent of the workforce, which shrank by 73,400 people to 22.65 million. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
SYRIA-CRISIS/
RTX15IT6
November 18, 2013
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
ARSAL, Lebanon
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief agencies at the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley November 18, 2013. Hundreds of Syrians queued in the bleak winter rain of a Lebanese border town on Monday, seeking refuge from a Syrian army attack which could herald a wider offensive north of Damascus. The attack on Qara, which started at first light on Friday, drove an estimated 1,200 families across the frontier to the Lebanese town of Arsal, most of them in the first 24 hours of bombardment. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
SYRIA-CRISIS/
RTX15IT4
November 18, 2013
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
ARSAL, Lebanon
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief agencies at the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley November 18, 2013. Hundreds of Syrians queued in the bleak winter rain of a Lebanese border town on Monday, seeking refuge from a Syrian army attack which could herald a wider offensive north of Damascus. The attack on Qara, which started at first light on Friday, drove an estimated 1,200 families across the frontier to the Lebanese town of Arsal, most of them in the first 24 hours of bombardment. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
SYRIA-CRISIS/
RTX15IT2
November 18, 2013
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, are seen inside a bus at the Lebanese border...
ARSAL, Lebanon
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, are seen inside a bus at the Lebanese border...
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, are seen inside a bus at the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley November 18, 2013. Hundreds of Syrians queued in the bleak winter rain of a Lebanese border town on Monday, seeking refuge from a Syrian army attack which could herald a wider offensive north of Damascus. The attack on Qara, which started at first light on Friday, drove an estimated 1,200 families across the frontier to the Lebanese town of Arsal, most of them in the first 24 hours of bombardment. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
SYRIA-CRISIS/
RTX15ISY
November 18, 2013
Syrian women, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, carry their babies as they queue to...
ARSAL, Lebanon
Syrian women, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, carry their babies as they queue to...
Syrian women, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, carry their babies as they queue to register to get help from relief agencies at the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley November 18, 2013. Hundreds of Syrians queued in the bleak winter rain of a Lebanese border town on Monday, seeking refuge from a Syrian army attack which could herald a wider offensive north of Damascus.The attack on Qara, which started at first light on Friday, drove an estimated 1,200 families across the frontier to the Lebanese town of Arsal, most of them in the first 24 hours of bombardment. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
SYRIA-CRISIS/
RTX15ISW
November 18, 2013
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
ARSAL, Lebanon
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief agencies at the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley November 18, 2013. Hundreds of Syrians queued in the bleak winter rain of a Lebanese border town on Monday, seeking refuge from a Syrian army attack which could herald a wider offensive north of Damascus. The attack on Qara, which started at first light on Friday, drove an estimated 1,200 families across the frontier to the Lebanese town of Arsal, most of them in the first 24 hours of bombardment. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SYRIA-CRISIS/
RTX15ISU
November 18, 2013
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
ARSAL, Lebanon
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief agencies at the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley November 18, 2013. Hundreds of Syrians queued in the bleak winter rain of a Lebanese border town on Monday, seeking refuge from a Syrian army attack which could herald a wider offensive north of Damascus. The attack on Qara, which started at first light on Friday, drove an estimated 1,200 families across the frontier to the Lebanese town of Arsal, most of them in the first 24 hours of bombardment. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
SYRIA-CRISIS/
RTX15ISS
November 18, 2013
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
ARSAL, Lebanon
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief agencies at the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley November 18, 2013. Hundreds of Syrians queued in the bleak winter rain of a Lebanese border town on Monday, seeking refuge from a Syrian army attack which could herald a wider offensive north of Damascus. The attack on Qara, which started at first light on Friday, drove an estimated 1,200 families across the frontier to the Lebanese town of Arsal, most of them in the first 24 hours of bombardment. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
SYRIA-CRISIS/
RTX15ISO
November 18, 2013
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
ARSAL, Lebanon
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief...
Syrians, fleeing the violence from the Syrian town of Qara, queue to register to get help from relief agencies at the Lebanese border town of Arsal, in the eastern Bekaa Valley November 18, 2013. Hundreds of Syrians queued in the bleak winter rain of a Lebanese border town on Monday, seeking refuge from a Syrian army attack which could herald a wider offensive north of Damascus. The attack on Qara, which started at first light on Friday, drove an estimated 1,200 families across the frontier to the Lebanese town of Arsal, most of them in the first 24 hours of bombardment. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IJ9
September 12, 2013
Shipping terminals are pictured in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs...
Bremerhaven, Germany
Shipping terminals are pictured in harbour of Bremerhaven
Shipping terminals are pictured in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS BUSINESS MARITIME)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IJ7
September 12, 2013
Ships are pictured in the shipyard at Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars...
Bremerhaven, Germany
Ships are pictured in the shipyard at Bremerhaven
Ships are pictured in the shipyard at Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IJ5
September 12, 2013
Ships are pictured in the shipyard at Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars...
Bremerhaven, Germany
Ships are pictured in the shipyard at Bremerhaven
Ships are pictured in the shipyard at Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY MARITIME BUSINESS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IJ0
September 12, 2013
The flag of Bremerhaven flutters in Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for...
Bremerhaven, Germany
The flag of Bremerhaven flutters in Bremerhaven
The flag of Bremerhaven flutters in Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IIY
September 12, 2013
People walk along the Weser river in front of the Atlantic Sail City Building in the harbour of Bremerhaven...
Bremerhaven, Germany
People walk along the Weser river in front of the Atlantic Sail City Building in the harbour of Bremerhaven...
People walk along the Weser river in front of the Atlantic Sail City Building in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CITYSCAPE)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IIU
September 12, 2013
People walk at a market in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars...
Bremerhaven, Germany
People walk at a market in the harbour of Bremerhaven
People walk at a market in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY BUSINESS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IIS
September 12, 2013
People buy apples at a market in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making...
Bremerhaven, Germany
People buy apples at a market in the harbour of Bremerhaven
People buy apples at a market in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS FOOD BUSINESS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IIO
September 12, 2013
General view of the skyline of the harbour at Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making...
Bremerhaven, Germany
General view of the skyline of the harbour at Bremerhaven
General view of the skyline of the harbour at Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CITYSCAPE)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IIN
September 12, 2013
People walk at a market in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars...
Bremerhaven, Germany
People walk at a market in the harbour of Bremerhaven
People walk at a market in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CITYSCAPE)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IIK
September 12, 2013
A couple pass a trailer, decorated with photos of the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With...
Bremerhaven, Germany
A couple pass a trailer, which is decorated with photos in the harbour of Bremerhaven
A couple pass a trailer, decorated with photos of the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CITYSCAPE SOCIETY)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IIH
September 12, 2013
People walk in a shopping mall in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making...
Bremerhaven, Germany
People walk in a shopping mall in the harbour of Bremerhaven
People walk in a shopping mall in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CITYSCAPE BUSINESS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IIC
September 12, 2013
People sit on a plaza at a shopping mall in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid...
Bremerhaven, Germany
People sit on a plaza at shopping mall in the harbour of Bremerhaven
People sit on a plaza at a shopping mall in the harbour of Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CITYSCAPE BUSINESS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IIA
September 12, 2013
General view of the skyline of the harbour at Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making...
Bremerhaven, Germany
General view of the skyline of the harbour at Bremerhaven
General view of the skyline of the harbour at Bremerhaven September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CITYSCAPE BUSINESS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13II6
September 12, 2013
A sailor works on his boat in the harbour of Bremerhaven August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making...
Bremerhaven, Germany
A sailor works on his boat in the harbour of Bremerhaven
A sailor works on his boat in the harbour of Bremerhaven August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13II3
September 12, 2013
Rudi Detje, a former shipbuilding worker, poses in the harbour of Bremerhaven, August 29, 2013. With...
Bremerhaven, Germany
Detje, former shipbuilding worker poses in the harbour of Bremerhaven
Rudi Detje, a former shipbuilding worker, poses in the harbour of Bremerhaven, August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Crucially, there is a safety net for people like Detje, a native of Bremerhaven who trained as a shipbuilder in the 1980s just as the industry was collapsing. After decades in and out of jobs, he started a moving business in 2010. He gets 382 euros per month in unemployment benefits and is allowed to keep just 100 euros of his earnings on top of that. But the state pays his rent and he can invest income that exceeds his take-home ceiling in tools and equipment. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS MARITIME BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IHZ
September 12, 2013
General view at the harbour of Bremerhaven August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi...
Bremerhaven, Germany
General view at the harbour of Bremerhaven
General view at the harbour of Bremerhaven August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS CITYSCAPE BUSINESS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IHV
September 12, 2013
Rudi Detje, former shipbuilding worker, poses in the harbour of Bremerhaven, August 29, 2013. With well-paid...
Bremerhaven, Germany
Detje former shipbuilding worker poses in the harbour of Bremerhaven
Rudi Detje, former shipbuilding worker, poses in the harbour of Bremerhaven, August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Crucially, there is a safety net for people like Detje, a native of Bremerhaven who trained as a shipbuilder in the 1980s just as the industry was collapsing. After decades in and out of jobs, he started a moving business in 2010. He gets 382 euros per month in unemployment benefits and is allowed to keep just 100 euros of his earnings on top of that. But the state pays his rent and he can invest income that exceeds his take-home ceiling in tools and equipment. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS MARITIME BUSINESS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IHM
September 12, 2013
Mayor Melf Grantz poses in his office in Bremerhaven, August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars...
Bremerhaven, Germany
Mayor Melf Grantz poses in his office in Bremerhaven
Mayor Melf Grantz poses in his office in Bremerhaven, August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IHJ
September 12, 2013
Mayor Melf Grantz poses in his office in Bremerhaven, August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars...
Bremerhaven, Germany
Mayor Grantz poses in his office in Bremerhaven
Mayor Melf Grantz poses in his office in Bremerhaven, August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IHF
September 12, 2013
Old sailing ships are pictured in the harbour of Bremerhaven, August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making...
Bremerhaven, Germany
Old sailing ships are pictured in the harbour of Bremerhaven
Old sailing ships are pictured in the harbour of Bremerhaven, August 29, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. These two centres, at opposite ends of the economic spectrum, offer clues to the national mood ahead of a federal vote on September 22 that is being closely watched across Europe. Picture taken August 29, 2013. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS MARITIME)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IEH
September 12, 2013
Residents walk their dogs during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs...
EICHSTAETT, Germany
Residents walk their dogs during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett
Residents walk their dogs during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS ANIMALS SOCIETY)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IEG
September 12, 2013
Residents smile as they walk their dogs during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With...
EICHSTAETT, Germany
Residents smile during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett
Residents smile as they walk their dogs during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY ANIMALS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IEF
September 12, 2013
Residents smile as they walk their dogs during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With...
EICHSTAETT, Germany
Residents smile as they walk their dogs during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett
Residents smile as they walk their dogs during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY ANIMALS)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IEE
September 12, 2013
Residents smile during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars...
EICHSTAETT, Germany
Residents smile during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett
Residents smile during a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IED
September 12, 2013
Residents participate in a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making...
EICHSTAETT, Germany
Residents participate in a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett
Residents participate in a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. Picture taken September 8, 2013.REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY)
GERMANY-ELECTION/MOOD
RTX13IEC
September 12, 2013
Residents participate in a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making...
EICHSTAETT, Germany
Residents participate in a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett
Residents participate in a Sunday Parade in Eichstaett September 8, 2013. With well-paid jobs making cars for Audi in nearby Ingolstadt and light-bulbs for Osram, Eichstaett, whose unemployment rate of 1.3 percent is the lowest in all of Germany, is the envy of less fortunate regions. Yet even in places like Bremerhaven, 500 km (340 miles) to the northwest, where the demise of the shipbuilding and fishing industries has spawned unemployment of 15 percent, the highest rate in the country, the mood isn't entirely bleak. Picture taken September 8, 2013. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS SOCIETY)
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