The Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union strike, which has caused Lufthansa to cancel several short- and medium-haul services from Germany during the past two days, has been ordered to cease by the regional labor court in the federal state of Hesse, Germany. The court overruled a decision made by a lower court on Tuesday evening that allowed today’s strike to go ahead. The court ruled that the pilots were striking not only over pay and retirement benefits but also because of Lufthansa’s plans to expand the low-cost arm of the airline. As this was not part of the union’s mandate in

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