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How one small rail union is bringing Germany to its knees

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

Berlin

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

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