Germany's powerful IG Metall union have agreed with bosses on a new right to switch temporarily to a 28-hour week. Could the example be echoed across Europe?
Almost one million employees with Germany's powerful metalworking union IG Metall have won higher pay and the right to a reduced working week in an agreement with employers.
The minimum wage was once trumpeted as a key pillar in the construction of a social Europe. But opponents say the policy acts as a drag on competitiveness.
Tens of thousands of German workers downed tools again in early January as the country's largest union stepped up its battle for the right to a 28-hour week.
It's one of the last taboos: asking a colleague how much they earn. But Germany is hoping workers will do just that under a new law that aims to close the country's gender pay gap.
The British government has come under pressure to publish papers detailing the potential impact of Brexit, after MPs appealed to a rare parliamentary power.