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Big Strike Threatened By German Workers

Politicians appealed on Saturday for new efforts to avoid a metalworkers’ strike likely to begin in Bavaria next Friday, and the union prepared for a vote Monday to seal its action plan.

A strike in Bavaria could be the beginning of a nationwide work stoppage - something that hasn’t hit the metalworking sector since 1984, when a seven-week strike seriously damaged the auto industry.

Talks between the giant IG Metall metalworkers’ union, representing 3.5 million workers, and management have stalled across western Germany.

Employers on Friday refused to specify a wage offer and the union refused to continue talks.



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Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn’s ‘judgment issues’

UPDATED: 7:31 p.m.

President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Trump’s chief of staff asked days later if Flynn’s communications were being monitored under a secret surveillance warrant, according to memos maintained by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press.