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Can we learn from German chimney sweeps?

Ed Miliband's team is asking whether German guilds could solve Britain's labour problems

A Berlin chimney sweep: does Germany’s success lie in “the very fact that labour is still supported by structures that are frankly medieval”? (© John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

Strange things happen when Lutz-Matthias Peters walks the streets of Hamburg. Some people stop, spit over their shoulder or twist the buttons on their jackets. Others shake his hand. Peters wears black leather trousers, a black double-breasted jacket with golden buttons, a cravat and a battered top hat in which he keeps his business cards and a notepad—his mobile office, as he calls it. On the…

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