A mid a rising rate of unemployment in Germany, the half-brother of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has finally found work in Magaluf (Majorca) after six jobless months, a German newspaper reported yesterday. Lothar Vosseler will take up a job as a tourist guide with Nemo submarines in Magaluf, Cologne-based newspaper Express said yesterday. Vosseler, who lost his previous job as a sewage worker in June, will be taking up his post at the Majorcan theme park in March and told the Express he hoped to be able to invite the Chancellor aboard in the summer. “I'll be showing tourists around the Nemo submarine at Majorca's Waterworld. Thirty metres under, you can see shoals of fish and shipwrecks from the 22 portholes. It's great,” Vosseler was quoted as saying. Schroeder, 57, and Vosseler, 54, have the same mother. She remarried after Schroeder's father was killed in World War Two. On Wednesday, Germany released data showing unemployment rose in November to 3.79 million and experts said they expected the level to push past four million this winter, well above a 3.5 million goal Schroeder set his government. Vosseler, whose son also lost his job recently, summarised part of the problem. “In Germany nobody wanted me. If you're over 50, you feel unused and shoved aside,” Vosseler said. Majorca should offer a challenge for the Chancellor's half brother especially Magaluf but he says that he is ready to make his new job a success. Nemo submarines is one of Majorca's newer attractions and has thrived over recent years offering dives off the coast of Magalluf. Vosseler will find that he will be acting as a guide for tourists from a large number of countries. His half brother holidayed in Majorca two years ago staying at a traditional farm-house in the heart of the island. Before he became Chancellor he was a regular visitor. News that Schroeder's brother would be working on the island spread quickly yesterday and a tourism official said that if the reports were true it was good news for Majorca. “It is great promotion and proves that there are jobs for everyone in Majorca,” he said. But Vosseler can also count himself lucky. Unemployment figures announced on Thursday indicated that the jobless rate in the Balearics had increased by a record 58 percent last month, compared to October.


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