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In the papers today - 21 August

Germany's construction sector has emerged from and economic slump, according to German economists.
The upturn in construction investment this year was cited by the federal statistics office earlier this week as main reason for a 0.9% jump in Germany's gross domestic product in the second quarterThe Financial TimesOne in three businesses is having to send staff for remedial catch up lessons in literacy and numeracy skills that employees have failed to acquire at school a Confederation of British Industry report reveals today The GuardianRestrictions will be placed on the rights of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria to work in the UK when those coutries join the EU next year, despite objections from the Foreign Office and Labour back benchers The GuardianFifty-two per cent of British adults believe that governments should not restrict the number of hours that employees can work, according a European poll The Financial Times A Financial Times/Harris poll of 10,000 people across five European countries found broad support for the UK's flexible labour laws - The Financial TimesWork to clear a beauty spot of the longest stretch of the most invasive weed in Britain gets underway today when contractors start injecting every single stem with poison. Japanese knotweed has taken over a 12km stretch of the Tregeseal river and its tributaries in the Kenidjack Valley in Cornwall The Times

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