Chimney Sweeps Face Change to Ancient Trade

German chimney sweeps, their jobs protected by law since the Middle Ages, now face competition from sweeps immigrating from other European countries.

The techniques and attire used in chimney sweeping have changed little in hundreds of years. But complaints from citizens have led the European Union to seek to break what amounts to a monopoly and put chimney sweeping on the same business footing as other enterprises. In most fields, a qualified person from any EU country may set up shop in any other member nation.

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