[Nuremberg, June 3. Image via Getty]

Employees of German retailer Karstadt hold up a poster which reads 'Without Karstadt the city centre dies' during a protest rally in the southern German city of Nuremberg on June 3, 2009. Workers at troubled German retailer Arcandor, to which Karstadt belongs, want to press Chancellor Angela Merkel for state aid, a report in the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper said on June 3, 2009 , as a government-backed rescue of car maker Opel raises hopes in other sectors. AFP PHOTO DDP / TIMM SCHAMBERGER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read TIMM SCHAMBERGER/AFP/Getty Images)