No Workers To Fill Vacancies In Germany, Grocery Bills Up 28.6% - A Look At Life in Europe's 'Economic Powerhouse'

With no workers to fill job vacancies, bills spiralling out of control and a rise in drug addicts on the streets, Germany - still widely viewed as Europe's economic powerhouse - slipped into a recession last week.

Once famed for the financial might of its currency, the truth is that working-class and middle-class people in Germany are feeling the pinch.

Rental, energy and supermarket prices are rising, tightening the purse strings of an already thrifty nation further.