Social Progress Watch 2015 Country Report | Germany

Despite the strong performance of its labour market, inequalities in Germany are on the rise and are often the result of misguided government  policies. While the low unemployment rate continues to become even lower, long term unemployment is on the rise and risks becoming entrenched as this group receives insufficient support from the current labour market policies. The declining investment in opportunities for lifelong learning further worsens the situation for this low-skilled, vulnerable group on the German labour market. Moreover, the access to, and quality of,  health and social services are increasingly strained, which is especially worrying given the high level of people at risk of poverty or social exclusion.