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How one small rail union is bringing Germany to its knees

Freight locomotives in Hagen, western Germany. The strike is GDL's ninth walkout in as many months.


AT the core of a series of rail strikes threatening to plunge Germany into travel chaos for a second time this month is a tiny transport union that won't take no for an answer.

GDL, which represents 34,000 rail employees, called on train drivers to walk off the job for an