in the late 80's, employers were complaining that they couldn't get anything accomplished because the government required so many paid vacations for employees. In addition to that, the number of hours worked per week was shrinking rapidly (it was 37 1/2, and scheduled to drop to 32 in the immediate future), but the employer had to pay the same amount. It's because the Germans didn't want to work hard! The Germans might be the hardest workers in Europe, but that isn't saying much.
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