Poverty Rate Climbs As Election Season Nears


A young Russian homeless man bids farewell after receiving a free... News PhotoAdult,Berlin,Built Structure,Charity and Relief Work,Germany,Homelessness,Horizontal,Lunch,Men,Railroad Station,Receiving,Separation,Social Issues,ZooPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesBERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 20: A young Russian homeless man bids farewell after receiving a free lunch at the Bahnhofsmission Protestant charity facility at Zoo train station on February 20, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The Bahnhofsmission feeds up to 600 needy men and women every day, up from 400 only three years ago. Approximately 60% of the visitors are from Eastern Europe, many of them workers in low-paying jobs who became unemployed and ran out of money. Dieter Puhl, who runs the Bahnhofsmission, says he is seeing a steady increase in the number of visitors, especially among older Germans whose pensions are insufficient for them to make ends meet. Poverty in Germany, defined as someone who makes less than 60% of the median wage, has risen steadily in recent years, and according to statistics 14% of people in Germany lived below the poverty line in 2010. Both poverty and pensions that have not kept up with the rising cost of living will be contested topics in federal elections scheduled later for this year. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)