Associated Press
FILE - In this March 27, 2012 file photo public employees demonstrate for higher salaries in Mainz, central Germany. Some 2 million German public-sector employees are to get a pay rise totaling 6.3 percent over two years, employers and a union said Saturday, March 31, 2012 after marathon talks that followed a series of walkouts in recent weeks. The hard-fought agreement banishes the ver.di union's threat to ballot members on an all-out strike campaign had a deal not been reached. (AP Photo/dapd/ Torsten Silz, File)

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