Underbidding competition dominates long-distance lorry traffic on European roads. Working conditions are inhumane, and the EU initiates only half-hearted countermeasures to alleviate these inequities. To change things for the better, the countervailing power of unions must be strengthened. It is a normal Tuesday afternoon at the Michendorf motorway service area on the Berliner Ring, not far from Potsdam: two dozen lorries are parked. That is much less than on weekends when all hell breaks loose. Many drivers are dozing in their cabs. Now, at the end of March, it’s still quite pleasant, in two or three months the cockpit may already turn into an oven.