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Deliveroo Riders and Lime Juicers Threaten German Labor Model

Company loyalty has long been central to the country’s economy. The rapid rise of freelance jobs is changing that.

Food-delivery service workers march in protest in Berlin.
Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

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In August, Stefano Lombardo was feeling pretty good about his job: After four years of hauling pizzas and burgers through Berlin, he was one of food-delivery startup Deliveroo’s most experienced riders, and the company had just promised him new gloves and a T-shirt with its teal-hued logo. Three days later, Deliveroo said it would shutter its operations in Germany.