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Germany Grapples with Travel Chaos Amid Union Strikes

Germany faced widespread travel chaos as union members went on strike again, affecting millions of travelers on March 7. The strikes led to the cancellation of around 80% of long-distance trains and disrupted air travel as Lufthansa ground staff stopped working. Traffic jams and a shortage of transportation options ensued, causing delays for students, employees, and commuters. Lufthansa anticipated canceling about 1,000 flights, affecting around 200,000 passengers.

Negotiations continue between Lufthansa ground staff, Deutsche Bahn’s train drivers, and the respective unions. Despite ongoing talks, the train drivers’ union (GDL) and Verdi called for strikes, underscoring passengers’ frustrations amidst frequent disruptions in recent months.