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Rail strike in Germany threatens Berlin Wall anniversary

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Germany is facing transport chaos as train drivers begin a four-day strike.

The state-owned rail operator Deutsche Bahn is taking legal action against the drivers’ union in a bitter dispute.

The row is over terms of contract negotiations and a claim for a six percent pay rise and a shorter working week.

One commuter said: “I have the impression that all of Germany is being taken hostage for six percent more pay. I find that highly exaggerated.

The dispute is threatening to disrupt celebrations this weekend for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

If it continues, the four-day strike will be the longest in the history of Deutsche Bahn.