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EUROZONE-GREECE/POVERTY
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February 20, 2017
People line up to apply for a social benefit from the Directorate of Social Welfare and Health of the...
Athens, Greece
The Wider Image: Greeks slide deeper into poverty
People line up to apply for a social benefit from the Directorate of Social Welfare and Health of the Municipality of Athens, Greece, February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis SEARCH "POVERTY GREECE" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
SPAIN/
RTX187CX
February 04, 2014
An elderly couple stop to talk to a neighbour in Tetuan, Madrid January 28, 2014. The food bank of Tetuan,...
Madrid, Spain
An elderly couple stop to talk to a neighbour in Tetuan
An elderly couple stop to talk to a neighbour in Tetuan, Madrid January 28, 2014. The food bank of Tetuan, a working-class district in Madrid, was born last year to alleviate the hardships of its residents. The bank was put together by members of the 15M indignant movement and families in need who could not rely on the welfare state to stay fed. But unlike food banks from Catholic charities like Caritas or other non-religious ngos, Tetuan's food bank implemented a system based on the principle of social justice instead of charity. All families who become recipients of the bank have to actively work for the food they obtain. Every week they stand outside their neighbourhood's supermarkets informing customers of their needs and picking up their donations. Afterwards, they have to do an inventory of the food and prepare the allotments for the families, theirs included, which they distribute every two weeks. The number of recipients at the bank has been increasing steadily. Nowadays there are more than 30 families (over a hundred people) who benefit from the food they obtain through working at the bank. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POVERTY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
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International Women's Day
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BOLIVIA/
RTR2YLMT
February 29, 2012
Physically disabled demonstrators sit in their wheelchairs during a protest to demand better welfare...
La Paz, Bolivia
Physically disabled demonstrators sit in their wheelchairs during a protest to demand better welfare...
Physically disabled demonstrators sit in their wheelchairs during a protest to demand better welfare support in the centre of La Paz February 28, 2012. Hundreds of physically disabled demonstrators arrived in La Paz after marching some 1,600 km (994 miles) over 100 days, according to local media. REUTERS/David Mercado (BOLIVIA - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)
FRANCE/
RTR2U1KU
November 15, 2011
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and France's Foreign Minister and Bordeaux's Mayor Alain Juppe...
Bordeaux, France
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and France's Foreign Minister and Bordeaux's Mayor Juppe arrive for...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and France's Foreign Minister and Bordeaux's Mayor Alain Juppe (C) arrive for a meeting in Bordeaux, southwestern France, November 15, 2011 during a visit focused on social welfare and an intensification of the fight against benefits fraud in Bordeaux. REUTERS/Pierre Andrieu/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
FRANCE/
RTR2U1KS
November 15, 2011
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with residents as he arrives for a meeting in Bordeaux,...
Bordeaux, France
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with residents as he arrives for a meeting in Bordeaux...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with residents as he arrives for a meeting in Bordeaux, southwestern France, November 15, 2011 during a visit focused on social welfare and an intensification of the fight against benefits fraud in Bordeaux. REUTERS/Pierre Andrieu/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
FRANCE/
RTR2U1KQ
November 15, 2011
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) shakes hands with residents as he arrives for a meeting in Bordeaux,...
Bordeaux, France
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with residents as he arrives for a meeting in Bordeaux...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) shakes hands with residents as he arrives for a meeting in Bordeaux, southwestern France, November 15, 2011 during a visit focused on social welfare and an intensification of the fight against benefits fraud in Bordeaux. REUTERS/Pierre Andrieu/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
FRANCE/
RTR2U1KO
November 15, 2011
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (C) and France's Foreign Minister and Bordeaux's Mayor Alain Juppe...
Bordeaux, France
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and France's Foreign Minister and Bordeaux's Mayor Alain Juppe (background)...
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (C) and France's Foreign Minister and Bordeaux's Mayor Alain Juppe (background) arrive for a meeting in Bordeaux, southwestern France, November 15, 2011 during a visit focused on social welfare and an intensification of the fight against benefits fraud in Bordeaux. REUTERS/Pierre Andrieu/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
CHILE-RALLY/
RTR2S9BM
October 05, 2011
Police officers bring down a demonstrator who had climbed up to a windowsill of the government palace...
Santiago, Chile
Police officers bring down a demonstrator who had climbed up to a windowsill of the government palace...
Police officers bring down a demonstrator who had climbed up to a windowsill of the government palace during a rally in Santiago October 5, 2011. Demonstrators are demanding a National Constituent Assembly in order to protect the country's natural and energy resources, and to regulate the state's role on health, education, welfare and the housing system, according to local media. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT EDUCATION SOCIETY)
USA-CAMPAIGN/STATES-ISSUES
RTR2OIHL
July 06, 2011
Katie Busker, 30, clips coupons as her son, Austin Spiker, 6, plays with Legos at the dinner table in...
Independence, UNITED STATES
Katie Busker clips coupons as her son, Austin Spiker, plays with Legos at the dinner table in Independence...
Katie Busker, 30, clips coupons as her son, Austin Spiker, 6, plays with Legos at the dinner table in Independence, Iowa July 5, 2011. Busker, who receives food stamps and is unemployed due to a disability, lives with her sister, brother-in-law, and niece. Busker stays home and watches the kids while her sister and brother-in-law are at work. The family says the unconventional living arrangements allow all of them to get by and keep food on the table. Voters in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary will be the first to cast ballots in the upcoming U.S. Presidential race. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
USA-CAMPAIGN/STATES-ISSUES
RTR2OIH6
July 06, 2011
(L-R) Katie Busker, 30, and her son, Austin Spiker, 6, eat dinner as fourteen-month-old, Johnnalyn Gibbs,...
Independence, UNITED STATES
Katie Busker and her son, Austin Spiker, eat dinner as fourteen-month-old, Johnnalyn Gibbs, is propped...
(L-R) Katie Busker, 30, and her son, Austin Spiker, 6, eat dinner as fourteen-month-old, Johnnalyn Gibbs, is propped up by her father Dustin in Independence, Iowa July 5, 2011. Busker, who receives food stamps and is unemployed due to a disability, stays home and watches the kids while her sister and brother-in-law are at work. The family says the unconventional living arrangements allow all of them to get by and keep food on the table. Voters in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary will be the first to cast ballots in the upcoming U.S. Presidential race. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
USA-CAMPAIGN/STATES-ISSUES
RTR2OIGV
July 06, 2011
(Clockwise, L-R) Katie Busker, 30, sits with her son, Austin Spiker, 6, at the home she shares with her...
Independence, UNITED STATES
Katie Busker sits with her son at the home she shares with her brother-in-law Dustin Gibbs, her sister,...
(Clockwise, L-R) Katie Busker, 30, sits with her son, Austin Spiker, 6, at the home she shares with her brother-in-law Dustin Gibbs, her sister, Lauren Gibbs, and the Gibbs' fourteen-month-old daughter, Johnnalyn, as the family shares dinner together in Independence, Iowa July 5, 2011. Busker, who receives food stamps and is unemployed due to a disability, stays home and watches the kids while her sister and brother-in-law are at work. The family says the unconventional living arrangements allow all of them to get by and keep food on the table. Voters in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary will be the first to cast ballots in the upcoming U.S. Presidential race. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)
USA-CAMPAIGN/STATES-ISSUES
RTR2OIGL
July 06, 2011
Katie Busker, 30, plays with her fourteen-month-old niece Jonnalyn Gibbs in the aisles of the Independence...
Independence, UNITED STATES
Katie Busker plays with her niece in the aisles of the Independence Food Pantry in Independence
Katie Busker, 30, plays with her fourteen-month-old niece Jonnalyn Gibbs in the aisles of the Independence Food Pantry in Independence, Iowa July 5, 2011. Busker, who utilizes the food pantry services in order to make up for what her food stamps do not cover, lives with her sister, Lauren Gibbs, who is a part-time employee at the Food Pantry, and says the living situation allows both families to get by. Voters in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary will be the first to cast ballots in the upcoming U.S. Presidential race. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY FOOD)
USA/
RTR2KSJX
April 04, 2011
People receive items from a food bank in Gary, Indiana March 31, 2011. The city is a part of America's...
Gary, UNITED STATES
People receive items from a food bank in Gary, Indiana
People receive items from a food bank in Gary, Indiana March 31, 2011. The city is a part of America's Midwestern "Rust Belt", the heartland of the country and home to big unionized manufacturers like the auto and steel industries. A Portfolio.com ranking of U.S. cities's relative affluence put Gary in 416th place, near the bottom of a list of 420 cities, using data from 2008. Picture taken March 31, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY FOOD)
USA/
RTR2KSJK
April 04, 2011
People receive items from a food bank in Gary, Indiana March 31, 2011. The city is a part of America's...
Gary, UNITED STATES
People receive items from a food bank in Gary, Indiana
People receive items from a food bank in Gary, Indiana March 31, 2011. The city is a part of America's Midwestern "Rust Belt", the heartland of the country and home to big unionized manufacturers like the auto and steel industries. A Portfolio.com ranking of U.S. cities's relative affluence put Gary in 416th place, near the bottom of a list of 420 cities, using data from 2008. Picture taken March 31, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY FOOD)
RUSSIA/
RTXR45P
November 25, 2009
Alexander Girev, 51, smiles as workers unload furniture from a truck in the village of Topchikha, 150...
TOPCHIKHA, Russia
Alexander Girev smiles as workers unload furniture from a truck in the village of Topchikha
Alexander Girev, 51, smiles as workers unload furniture from a truck in the village of Topchikha, 150 km (93 miles) from the regional centre Barnaul, November 25, 2009. Girev received an apartment in a new block of flats for free under a local welfare programme after waiting for his turn for over 30 years. Girev spent the whole of his working life as a blacksmith at a local collective farm. REUTERS/Andrei Kasprishin (RUSSIA SOCIETY)
USA/
RTR24MT0
June 13, 2009
Applicants line up at a booth offering vocational services at a career fair held as part of the National...
Dallas, UNITED STATES
Applicants line up at a booth offering vocational services at a career fair held as part of the National...
Applicants line up at a booth offering vocational services at a career fair held as part of the National Urban League's Economic Empowerment Tour in Dallas, Texas June 13, 2009. The initiative is aimed to help those hardest hit by the economy crisis by providing a one-stop venue for foreclosure prevention, health check-up and employment applications, according to the National Urban League. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
USA/
RTR24MSY
June 13, 2009
Flyers are stacked beside calculators at the Housing Fair put on by the National Urban League's Economic...
Dallas, UNITED STATES
Flyers are stacked beside calculators at the Housing Fair put on by the National Urban League's Economic...
Flyers are stacked beside calculators at the Housing Fair put on by the National Urban League's Economic Empowerment Tour in Dallas, Texas June 13, 2009. The initiative is aimed to help those hardest hit by the economy crisis by providing a one-stop venue for foreclosure prevention, health check-up and employment applications, according to the National Urban League. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)
USA/
RTR24MSQ
June 13, 2009
A medical technician draws a blood sample to screen for glucose and cholesterol at a free health screening...
Dallas, UNITED STATES
A medical technician draws a blood sample to screen for glucose and cholesterol at the National Urban...
A medical technician draws a blood sample to screen for glucose and cholesterol at a free health screening as part of the National Urban League's Economic Empowerment Tour in Dallas, Texas June 13, 2009. The initiative is aimed to help those hardest hit by the economy crisis by providing a one-stop venue for foreclosure prevention, health check-up and employment applications according to the National Urban League.
REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES HEALTH EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS)
USA-ECONOMY/
RTR24BR1
June 05, 2009
Recently unemployed Larisa Erwin gets free Botox injections from Dr. Shannan Ginnan at Reveal in Arlington,...
Arlington, UNITED STATES
Recently unemployed Larisa Erwin gets free Botox injections from Dr. Shannan Ginnan at Reveal in Arlington,...
Recently unemployed Larisa Erwin gets free Botox injections from Dr. Shannan Ginnan at Reveal in Arlington, Virginia, June 5, 2009. The company offered free Botox to the first 50 recently unemployed, active job seekers and an opportunity to meet with recruiters and get some employment tips. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
USA-HEALTHCARE/UNINSURED
RTXOT8M
May 28, 2009
Jim Hann, 51, of Coolville, Ohio, shows scars on his abdomen where doctors extracted his kidney to transplant...
Washington, UNITED STATES
To match feature USA-HEALTHCARE/UNINSURED
Jim Hann, 51, of Coolville, Ohio, shows scars on his abdomen where doctors extracted his kidney to transplant it to his wife at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington May 18, 2009. When Hann learned he would be laid off, he scheduled surgery to donate a kidney to his wife. Hann was one of those trying to compensate for losing health insurance in a country where unemployment often means going without coverage. Picture taken May 18, 2009. To match feature USA-HEALTHCARE/UNINSURED REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang (UNITED STATES HEALTH POLITICS)
CHILE/
RTXGAXV
May 13, 2009
People with housing debts camp out on the shore of Mapocho river during a demonstration in downtown Santiago...
Santiago, Chile
People with housing debts camp out on the shore of Mapocho river
People with housing debts camp out on the shore of Mapocho river during a demonstration in downtown Santiago May 13, 2009. Families without economic recourses are demanding the government write off their debts from Chile's housing system. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (CHILE POLITICS CONFLICT SOCIETY)
CANADA
RTXEAXJ
April 23, 2009
Labour activists and union members gather at Queen's Park to advocate pension protections from government...
Toronto, Canada
Labour activists and union members gather at Queen's Park in Toronto
Labour activists and union members gather at Queen's Park to advocate pension protections from government and corporations before Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union President Ken Lewenza spoke in Toronto, April 23, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA BUSINESS POLITICS)
KOREA/
RTXDRH0
April 08, 2009
Unemployed people wait for their turn to claim unemployment benefits at an office of the Employment Information...
Seoul, South Korea
To match feature KOREA-EMPLOYMENT/
Unemployed people wait for their turn to claim unemployment benefits at an office of the Employment Information Service in Seoul March 20, 2009. South Korea's newest batch of university graduates lives in fear of being trapped at the bottom of the pay scale in a group of workers dubbed "The 880,000 Won Generation". Picture taken March 20, 2009. To match feature KOREA-EMPLOYMENT/ REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak (SOUTH KOREA EDUCATION BUSINESS)
GERMANY/
RTR22DQT
December 08, 2008
Parents and their children carry free toys as they leave a social welfare centre in the Hamburg suburb...
Hamburg, Germany
Parents and their children carry toys as they leave centre for social welfare payments in Hamburg
Parents and their children carry free toys as they leave a social welfare centre in the Hamburg suburb of Harburg December 8, 2009. The Hamburg-based 'Toys Company' collects used toys with the assistance of the city's garbage collection service and private donations, cleans and repairs them with the help of jobless people and gives them to people receiving social welfare payments. REUTERS/Christian Charisius (GERMANY)
GERMANY/
RTR22DQP
December 08, 2008
Children and their parents look for free toys at a social welfare center in the Hamburg suburb of Harburg...
Hamburg, Germany
Children and their parents look for free toys at center for social welfare payments in Hamburg
Children and their parents look for free toys at a social welfare center in the Hamburg suburb of Harburg December 8, 2009. The Hamburg-based Toys Company collects used toys with the assistance of the city's garbage collection service and private donations, cleans and repairs them with the help of jobless people and gives them to people receiving social welfare payments. REUTERS/Christian Charisius (GERMANY)
GERMANY/
RTR22DQM
December 08, 2008
A young girl holds a doll while her parents look for free toy presents for their children at a social...
Hamburg, Germany
Girl holds a doll while parents look for free toy presents for their children at a center for social...
A young girl holds a doll while her parents look for free toy presents for their children at a social welfare centre in the Hamburg suburb of Harburg December 8, 2009. The Hamburg-based Toys Company collects used toys with the assistance of the city's garbage collection service and private donations, cleans and repairs them with the help of jobless people and gives them to people receiving social welfare payments. REUTERS/Christian Charisius (GERMANY)
BOLIVIA/
RTR20MI5
August 04, 2008
Physically handicapped Bolivians clash with riot police officers in the centre of La Paz August 4, 2008....
La Paz, Bolivia
Physically handicapped Bolivians clash with riot police officers in the centre of La Paz
Physically handicapped Bolivians clash with riot police officers in the centre of La Paz August 4, 2008. The protesters demanded an annual bonus of Bs. 5000 ($700) from President Evo Morales' government in continuation of their nationwide strike campaign. REUTERS/Gaston Brito (BOLIVIA)
LATVIA-BUDGET/
RTX402
November 08, 2007
An elderly woman clenches her fist during a rally demanding for more social security benefits and higher...
Riga, Latvia
An elderly woman clenches her fist during rally demanding for more social security benefits and higher...
An elderly woman clenches her fist during a rally demanding for more social security benefits and higher pension rates from the government in front of the Parliament house before parliamentary debates on next year's budget in Riga November 8, 2007. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins(LATVIA)
FRANCE-STRIKE/
RTR1V2AX
October 18, 2007
Public sector and railway workers demonstrate in Lille October 18, 2007. A number of French unions have...
Lille, France
Public sector and railway workers demonstrate in Lille
Public sector and railway workers demonstrate in Lille October 18, 2007. A number of French unions have called a 24-hour strike to protest against a reform of special pension schemes enjoyed by a minority of state sector workers. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE)
PALESTINIANS-GAZA/
RTR1UFIM
September 30, 2007
Unemployed Palestinian workers crowd in front of the Palestine Islamic Bank in Gaza to receive a $100...
Gaza, Palestinian Territories
Unemployed Palestinian workers crowd in front of the Palestine Islamic Bank in Gaza to receive a $100...
Unemployed Palestinian workers crowd in front of the Palestine Islamic Bank in Gaza to receive a $100 aid from the government appointed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas September 30, 2007. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA)
GOOGLE-PERKS/
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May 10, 2007
Dena Kaufer (C), owner of Onsite Haircuts, cuts the hair of a Google Inc. employee inside her refitted...
MOUNTIAN VIEW, UNITED STATES
To match feature GOOGLE-PERKS
Dena Kaufer (C), owner of Onsite Haircuts, cuts the hair of a Google Inc. employee inside her refitted Winnebago mobile home in the parking lot of Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, May 10, 2007. The service by Onsite Haircuts illustrates Silicon Valley's distinctive work culture and is welcomed as firms seek to motivate workers and give them a sense of community. Ultimately, experts say, such an environment boosts productivity. To match feature GOOGLE-PERKS. REUTERS/Kimberly White (UNITED STATES)
RUSSIA/
RTR1NM2Z
March 18, 2007
A protestor holds a Soviet flag in front of the monument for Bolshevik revolutionaries, as Russian policemen...
Moscow, Russia
Protestor holds Soviet flag during a joint rally in Moscow
A protestor holds a Soviet flag in front of the monument for Bolshevik revolutionaries, as Russian policemen pass by, during a joint rally of communists and independent trade unions in Moscow March 18, 2007. The protestors are calling for a rise in living standards. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov (RUSSIA)
RUSSIA/
RTR1M7PA
February 10, 2007
A person is silhouetted against a flag of the National Bolshevik party during a protest against increasing...
Stavropol, Russia
A person is silhouetted against a flag of the National Bolshevik party during a protest in Stavropol
A person is silhouetted against a flag of the National Bolshevik party during a protest against increasing utility bills in public housing in the southern Russian city of Stavropol February 10, 2007. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko (RUSSIA)
ARGENTINA PROTEST
RTR9B3G
August 26, 2004
A group of unemployed Argentine protesters play soccer in front of the Presidential House in Buenos Aires....
Buenos Aires, Argentina
A group of unemployed Argentine protesters play soccer in front of the Presidential House in ...
A group of unemployed Argentine protesters play soccer in front of the Presidential House in Buenos Aires. A group of unemployed Argentine protesters play soccer in front of the Argentine Presidential House during a demonstration to demand more welfare benefits, August 26, 2004. Leaders of the "piqueteros" movement announced the group's intention of camping in front of the Presidential house for two days to demand better employment opportunities and more social programs. REUTERS/Andres Stapff
ARGENTINA
RTR9B2V
August 26, 2004
A group of Argentine protesters camp at the Plaza de Mayo square in front of the Argentine Presidential...
Buenos Aires, Argentina
A group of unemployed Argentine protesters camp at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires.
A group of Argentine protesters camp at the Plaza de Mayo square in front of the Argentine Presidential House during a demonstration to demand more welfare benefits, August 26, 2004. Leaders of the "piqueteros" movement announced the group's intention of camping in front of the Presidential house for two days to demand better employment opportunities and more social programs. REUTERS/Andres Stapff AS/HB
ARGENTINA
RTR9B1T
August 26, 2004
A group of Argentine protesters camp at the Plaza de Mayo square in front of the Argentine Presidential...
Buenos Aires, Argentina
A group of unemployed Argentine protesters camp at the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires.
A group of Argentine protesters camp at the Plaza de Mayo square in front of the Argentine Presidential House during a demonstration to demand more welfare benefits, August 26, 2004. Leaders of the "piqueteros" movement announced the group's intention of camping in front of the Presidential house for two days to demand better employment opportunities and more social programs. REUTERS/Andres Stapff AS/HB
GERMANY REFORMS PROTESTS
RTR8R03
August 16, 2004
A protester shouts slogans as a march of demonstrators is stopped near the headquarters of the ruling...
Berlin, Germany
Protester shouts slogans during demonstration in Berlin.
A protester shouts slogans as a march of demonstrators is stopped near the headquarters of the ruling Social Democrats during a protest against unpopular new labour and welfare reforms, the so-called Hartz IV reforms of the German government in Berlin August 16, 2004. German demonstrators were set to bring their protests against benefit cuts to the capital Berlin on Monday, but the government said it would make no further change to measures it sees as key to a more competitive economy. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch FAB/acm
GERMANY REFORMS PROTESTS
RTR8QZX
August 16, 2004
Protesters gather in front of riot police cars after they were stopped from marching to the headquarters...
Berlin, Germany
Protesters gather in front of riot police in Berlin.
Protesters gather in front of riot police cars after they were stopped from marching to the headquarters of the ruling Social Democrats during a protest against unpopular new labour and welfare reforms, the so-called Hartz IV reforms of the German government in Berlin August 16, 2004. German demonstrators were set to bring their protests against benefit cuts to the capital Berlin on Monday, but the government said it would make no further change to measures it sees as key to a more competitive economy. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch FAB/acm
GERMANY
RTRJLGW
May 15, 2004
Pensioners shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration against the financial cuts in Germany's...
Berlin, Germany - FDR
PENSIONERS SHOUT ANTI-GOVERNMENT SLOGANS DURING DEMONSTRATION IN BERLIN.
Pensioners shout anti-government slogans during a demonstration against the financial cuts in Germany's social welfare system in Berlin May 15, 2004. German Chancellor Schroeder's 'Agenda 2010' programme, passed after a marathon battle in parliament last year, has cut pensions and health benefit and toughened conditions for the unemployed to overhaul Germany's generous but overstretched welfare system and make the economy more competitive. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch FAB/JOH/ACM
GERMANY
RTXMIS0
April 03, 2004
Protestors blow their whistles during a demonstration against the financial cuts on Germany's social...
Berlin, Germany
Protestors blow their whistles during a demonstration against the financial cuts on Germany's social.....
Protestors blow their whistles during a demonstration against the financial cuts on Germany's social welfare system in Berlin April 3, 2004. The banner reads 'Schroeder must go'. [German Chancellor Schroeder's 'Agenda 2010' programme, passed after a marathon battle in parliament last year, has cut pensions and health benefit and toughened conditions for the unemployed to overhaul Germany's generous but overstretched welfare system and make the economy more competitive.]
GERMANY DEMONSTRATIONS
RTRGP0S
April 03, 2004
PROTESTORS MARCH IN FRONT OF THE BRANDENBURG GATE DURING A DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE FINANCIAL CUTS ON...
Berlin, Germany - FDR
PROTESTORS MARCH IN FRONT OF THE BRANDENBURG GATE DURING A DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE FINANCIAL CUTS ......
PROTESTORS MARCH IN FRONT OF THE BRANDENBURG GATE DURING A DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE FINANCIAL CUTS ON GERMANY'S SOCIAL WELFARE SYSTEM IN BERLIN. Protestors march in front of the Brandenburg Gate during a demonstration against the financial cuts on GermanyYs social welfare system in Berlin April 3, 2004. German Chancellor Schroeder's 'Agenda 2010' programme, passed after a marathon battle in parliament last year, has cut pensions and health benefit and toughened conditions for the unemployed to overhaul Germany's generous but overstretched welfare system and make the economy more competitive. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch REUTERS
GERMANY DEMONSTRATIONS
RTRGOYW
April 03, 2004
PROTESTORS BLOW THEIR WHISTLES DURING A DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE CUTS ON GERMANYYS SOCIAL WELFARE SYSTEM...
Berlin, Germany - FDR
PROTESTORS BLOW THEIR WHISTLES DURING A DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE CUTS ON GERMANYYS SOCIAL WELFARE ......
PROTESTORS BLOW THEIR WHISTLES DURING A DEMONSTRATION AGAINST THE CUTS ON GERMANYYS SOCIAL WELFARE SYSTEM IN BERLIN. Protestors blow their whistles during a demonstration against the financial cuts on GermanyYs social welfare system in Berlin April 3, 2004. The banner reads 'Schroeder must go'. German Chancellor Schroeder's 'Agenda 2010' programme, passed after a marathon battle in parliament last year, has cut pensions and health benefit and toughened conditions for the unemployed to overhaul Germany's generous but overstretched welfare system and make the economy more competitive. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
GERMANY
RTRGC2G
March 29, 2004
GERMAN PENSIONERS MARCH THROUGH THE SOUTHERN GERMAN CITY OF MUNICH TO PROTEST AGAINST GERMAN HEALTH REFORMS....
Munich, Germany - FDR
GERMAN PENSIONERS MARCH THROUGH THE SOUTHERN GERMAN CITY OF MUNICH TO PROTEST AGAINST GERMAN HEALTH ......
GERMAN PENSIONERS MARCH THROUGH THE SOUTHERN GERMAN CITY OF MUNICH TO PROTEST AGAINST GERMAN HEALTH REFORMS. German pensioners with a sign reading, "Against cuts in social benefits and pensions," march through the southern German city of Munich to protest against German health reforms on March 29, 2004. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's "Agenda 2010" programme plans to cut pensions and health benefit and toughen conditions for the unemployed to overhaul Germany's generous but overstretched welfare system and make the economy more competitive. REUTERS/Alexandra Winkler
GERMANY
RTR59FT
October 20, 2003
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder arrives for Social Democratic Party
(SPD) executive meeting in Berlin...
Berlin, Germany - FDR
GERMAN CHANCELLOR SCHROEDER ARRIVES FOR MEETING OF SPD PARTY EXECUTIVE
IN BERLIN.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder arrives for Social Democratic Party
(SPD) executive meeting in Berlin October 20, 2003. Schroeder announced
cuts to Germany's generous pension system on Sunday, pressing ahead
with an ambitious welfare reform drive that he has threatened to quit
over unless he gets his way. The pension reforms, a key element in
Schroeder's "Agenda 2010" programme to revive a stagnant economy,
included freezing benefits and making pensioners carry the full cost of
elderly care insurance themselves. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

AKW/MAD/WS
GERMANY
RTR4SJJ
October 13, 2003
Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentary floor leader Franz
Muentefering is on his way to a party...
Berlin, Germany - FDR
SPD PARLIAMENTARY FLOOR LEADER MUENTEFERING IS ON HIS WAY TO A PARTY
LEADERSHIP MEETING IN BERLIN.
Social Democratic Party (SPD) parliamentary floor leader Franz
Muentefering is on his way to a party leadership meeting in Berlin
October 13, 2003. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who visited the
Middle East and Russia last week and attended a Franco-German summit in
Paris on Sunday, is expected to redouble the pressure on waverers
within his Social Democratic Party during a special meeting beginning
Monday. Schroeder will put key parts of his "Agenda 2010" social
welfare reforms to the Bundestag lower house of parliament on Friday,
including plans to cut unemployment benefit and to pull the economy out
of stagnation with tax cuts. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch REUTERS

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GERMANY
RTR4SIG
October 13, 2003
Social Democratic Party (SPD) chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is on his
way to a party leadership meeting...
Berlin, Germany - FDR
GERMAN CHANCELLOR GERHARD SCHROEDER IS ON HIS WAY TO A PARTY LEADERSHIP
MEETING IN BERLIN.
Social Democratic Party (SPD) chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is on his
way to a party leadership meeting in Berlin October 13, 2003.
Schroeder, who visited the Middle East and Russia last week and
attended a Franco-German summit in Paris on Sunday, is expected to
redouble the pressure on waverers within his Social Democratic Party
during a special meeting beginning Monday. Schroeder will put key parts
of his "Agenda 2010" social welfare reforms to the Bundestag lower
house of parliament on Friday, including plans to cut unemployment
benefit and to pull the economy out of stagnation with tax cuts.
REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch REUTERS

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GERMANY
RTR1AC4
August 04, 2003
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder reacts after a short statement
outside a hotel in the northern German...
Hanover, Germany - FDR
GERMAN CHANCELLOR SCHROEDER REACTS AFTER A STATEMENT NEAR HANOVER.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder reacts after a short statement
outside a hotel in the northern German city of Hanover August 4, 2003.
Schroeder met with German Finance Minister Eichel, Economy Minister
Wolfgang Clement, Social Democratic Party (SPD) Secretary general Olaf
Scholz, parliamentary SPD floor leader Franz Muentefering and members
of the Greens party for talks on planned changes on local business tax
laws and welfare benefits. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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GERMANY
RTR1ABY
August 04, 2003
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder arrives to give a short statement
outside a hotel in the northern...
Hanover, Germany - FDR
GERMAN CHANCELLOR SCHROEDER ARRIVES TO GIVE A STATEMENT NEAR HANOVER.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder arrives to give a short statement
outside a hotel in the northern German city of Hanover August 4, 2003.
Schroeder met with German Finance Minister Eichel, Economy Minister
Wolfgang Clement, Social Democratic Party (SPD) Secretary general Olaf
Scholz, parliamentary SPD floor leader Franz Muentefering and members
of the Greens party for talks on planned changes on local business tax
laws and welfare benefits. REUTERS/Christian Charisius

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GERMANY REFORMS
RTRONSO
June 01, 2003
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder talks to party floor leader Franz
Muentefering (R) during a Social...
Berlin, Germany - FDR
GERHARD SCHROEDER TALKS TO MUENTEFERING AFTER THE SPD VOTED FOR AGENDA
2010 REFORM PACKAGE IN BERLIN....
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder talks to party floor leader Franz
Muentefering (R) during a Social Democratic Party SPD congress in
Berlin June 1, 2003. Schroeder won backing from his divided party for
the biggest welfare cuts in decades at a congress on Sunday, scoring a
victory over leftist rebels in his bid to revive the economy. About 90
percent of the 500 delegates from the SPD raised their hands to vote
for the package of welfare and jobless benefit cuts after Schroeder had
repeatedly threatened to resign unless he got his way. REUTERS/Kai
Pfaffenbach REUTERS

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GERMANY REFORMS
RTRONQ6
June 01, 2003
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder reacts during a Social Democratic
Party SPD congress in Berlin June...
Berlin, Germany - FDR
GERHARD SCHROEDER REACTS AFTER THE SPD VOTED FOR HIS AGENDA 2010 REFORM
PACKAGE IN BERLIN.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder reacts during a Social Democratic
Party SPD congress in Berlin June 1, 2003. Schroeder won backing from
his divided party for the biggest welfare cuts in decades at a congress
on Sunday, scoring a victory over leftist rebels in his bid to revive
the economy. About 90 percent of the 500 delegates from the SPD raised
their hands to vote for the package of welfare and jobless benefit cuts
after Schroeder had repeatedly threatened to resign unless he got his
way. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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GERMANY REFORMS
RTRONPN
June 01, 2003
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder reacts during a Social Democratic
Party SPD congress in Berlin June...
Berlin, Germany - FDR
GERHARD SCHROEDER REACTS AFTER THE SPD VOTED FOR HIS AGENDA 2010 REFORM
PACKAGE IN BERLIN.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder reacts during a Social Democratic
Party SPD congress in Berlin June 1, 2003. Schroeder won backing from
his divided party for the biggest welfare cuts in decades at a congress
on Sunday, scoring a victory over leftist rebels in his bid to revive
the economy. About 90 percent of the 500 delegates from the SPD raised
their hands to vote for the package of welfare and jobless benefit cuts
after Schroeder had repeatedly threatened to resign unless he got his
way. REUTERS/Michael Dalder REUTERS

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GERMANY REFORMS
RTRON3B
June 01, 2003
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder listens during a special congress
of his Social Democratic Party...
Berlin, Germany - FDR
GERMAN CHANCELLOR SCHROEDER ATTENDS SPD PARTY CONGRESS IN BERLIN.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder listens during a special congress
of his Social Democratic Party SPD in Berlin June 1, 2003. The SPD on
Sunday votes on the nation's biggest economic reforms in decades, the
so-called Agenda 2010 reform package, which includes cuts in jobless
and welfare benefits and provisions for easier firing. REUTERS/Thomas
Bohlen

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CHINA
RTXLU6T
March 02, 2003
A group of deaf people use sign language to declare "the government is wrong" on March 2, 2003, as they...
Hong Kong, China
A group of deaf people use sign language to declare "the government is wrong" on March 2, 2003, as t.....
A group of deaf people use sign language to declare "the government is wrong" on March 2, 2003, as they join a protest in Hong Kong against plans by the government, one of the richest in the world, to cut welfare payments as a step to tackle a gaping deficit and lingering economic weakness. Poor families getting Comprehensive Social Service Assistance and recipients of disability allowance will have their payments cut by 11.1 percent, along with cuts in other benefits. Welfare payments will account for nearly 15 percent of recurrent public expenditure this fiscal year.
HONGKONG WELFARE
RTRJ84K
March 02, 2003
An elderly man carrying a placard shaped like a kitchen-knife adorned
with a statement saying "butcher...
Hong Kong, China - Peoples Republic of
ELDERLY MAN JOINS PROTEST AGAINST CUTTING WELFARE PAYMENTS IN HONG
KONG.
An elderly man carrying a placard shaped like a kitchen-knife adorned
with a statement saying "butcher the poor" walks past other disabled
protesters during a demonstration on March 2, 2003, against plans by
the Hong Kong government to cut welfare payments as a step to tackle a
gaping deficit and lingering economic weakness. Poor families getting
Comprehensive Social Service Assistance and recipients of disability
allowance will have their payments cut by 11.1 percent, along with cuts
in other benefits. Welfare payments will account for nearly 15 percent
of recurrent public expenditure this fiscal year. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

BY/JD
HONGKONG WELFARE
RTRJ839
March 02, 2003
Protesters march to government headquarters on March 2, 2003, during a
demonstration against plans by...
Hong Kong, China - Peoples Republic of
PROTESTERS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST CUTTING WELFARE PAYMENTS IN HONG KONG.
Protesters march to government headquarters on March 2, 2003, during a
demonstration against plans by the Hong Kong government, one of the
richest in the world, to cut welfare payments as a step to tackle a
gaping deficit and lingering economic weakness. Poor families getting
Comprehensive Social Service Assistance and recipients of disability
allowance will have their payments cut by 11.1 percent, along with cuts
in other benefits. Welfare payments will account for nearly 15 percent
of recurrent public expenditure this fiscal year. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

BY/JD
HONGKONG WELFARE
RTRJ82B
March 02, 2003
Hundreds of protesters demonstrate against plans by the Hong Kong
government, one of the richest in...
Hong Kong, China - Peoples Republic of
PROTESTERS DEMONSTRATE AGAINST CUTTING OF WELFARE PAYMENTS IN HONG
KONG.
Hundreds of protesters demonstrate against plans by the Hong Kong
government, one of the richest in the world, to cut welfare payments as
a step to tackle a gaping deficit and lingering economic weakness,
outside the government headquarters March 2, 2003. Poor families
getting Comprehensive Social Service Assistance (CSSA) and recipients
of disability allowance will have their dole cut by 11.1 percent,
besides cuts in other benefits. Welfare payments will account for
nearly 15 percent of recurrent public expenditure this fiscal year.
REUTERS/Bobby Yip

BY
HONGKONG WELFARE
RTRJ821
March 02, 2003
A group of deaf people use sign language to declare "the government is
wrong" on March 2, 2003, as they...
Hong Kong, China - Peoples Republic of
DEAF JOIN PROTEST AGAINST CUTTING WELFARE PAYMENTS IN HONG KONG.
A group of deaf people use sign language to declare "the government is
wrong" on March 2, 2003, as they join a protest in Hong Kong against
plans by the government, one of the richest in the world, to cut
welfare payments as a step to tackle a gaping deficit and lingering
economic weakness. Poor families getting Comprehensive Social Service
Assistance and recipients of disability allowance will have their
payments cut by 11.1 percent, along with cuts in other benefits.
Welfare payments will account for nearly 15 percent of recurrent public
expenditure this fiscal year. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

BY/JD
HONGKONG WELFARE
RTRJ81U
March 02, 2003
The elderly join a protest on March 2, 2003, in Hong Kong against plans
by the government, one of the...
Hong Kong, China - Peoples Republic of
ELDERLY JOIN PROTEST AGAINST CUTTING WELFARE PAYMENTS IN HONG KONG.
The elderly join a protest on March 2, 2003, in Hong Kong against plans
by the government, one of the richest in the world, to cut welfare
payments as a step to tackle a gaping deficit and lingering economic
weakness. Poor families getting Comprehensive Social Service Assistance
and recipients of disability allowance will have their payments cut by
11.1 percent, along with cuts in other benefits. Welfare payments will
account for nearly 15 percent of recurrent public expenditure this
fiscal year. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

BY/JD
HONGKONG WELFARE
RTRJ81O
March 02, 2003
An elderly man carrying a placard with the shape of a kitchen-knife
which reads "butcher the poor",...
Hong Kong, China - Peoples Republic of
ELDERLY JOINS PROTEST AGAINST CUTTING WELFARE PAYMENTS IN HONG KONG.
An elderly man carrying a placard with the shape of a kitchen-knife
which reads "butcher the poor", joins a protest in Hong Kong attended
by hundreds against plans by the government, one of the richest in the
world, to cut welfare payments as a step to tackle a gaping deficit and
lingering economic weakness, March 2, 2003. Poor families getting
Comprehensive Social Service Assistance (CSSA) and recipients of
disability allowance will have their dole cut by 11.1 percent, besides
cuts in other benefits. Welfare payments will account for nearly 15
percent of recurrent public expenditure this fiscal year. REUTERS/Bobby
Yip

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